05/18/2009 11:00PM

Schickedanz heads Canadian hall's '09 class


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Gustav Schickedanz, a major force on Ontario's Thoroughbred racing and breeding scenes, is one of this year's inductees to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

A total of five inductees in the Thoroughbred categories were announced Tuesday and will be honored Aug. 27 at the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Racing Hall of Fame's annual induction ceremony at the nearby Mississsauga Convention Centre.

Peteski, winner of Canada's Triple Crown in 1993, is the male horse inductee, while both Alywow and Maryfield were inducted in the female horse division and La Voyageuse in the veteran's category.

Schickedanz was a nominee in the person category, which can include owners, breeders, jockeys, trainers, racetrack executives, and media.

The inductees were determined by the votes of the organization's 20-member election committee, who were asked to choose from one of three nominees in each of the four categories. A minimum of eight votes was necessary for induction.

Schickedanz, from his home base at his farm in nearby Schomberg, has bred and gone on to race a number of champions, with the best probably being Langfuhr, a multiple Grade 1 winner in New York and Canada's champion sprinter in 1996.

Other Schickedanz Sovereign Award winners have included Glanmire, champion sprinter in 1997; Woodcarver, who won the Queen's Plate and was voted champion 3-year-old male in 1999; Wando, who swept Canada's Triple Crown in 2003 and was Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male in 2003; and Mobil, older male in 2004. All were trained by Mike Keogh.

Top horses bred and sold by Schickedanz have included Grade 1 winners Gal in a Ruckus and Jambalaya.

Peteski, owned by Earle Mack, romped through the Queen's Plate, Prince of Wales, and Breeders' to become Canada's sixth Triple Crown winner. He went on to receive Sovereign Awards as Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male.

Peteski's most impressive performance came during the fall of his 3-year-old campaign, when he captured Woodbine's Grade 2 Molson Export Million while leaving Kentucky Derby winner Sea Hero and Belmont Stakes winner Colonial Affair among his victims.

Alywow, who was owned by Kinghaven Farm and trained by Roger Attfield, was Canada's Horse of the Year, champion turf horse, and champion 3-year-old filly in 1994.

While she won Saratoga's Grade 3 Nijana and Woodbine's Canadian that year, Alywow's most memorable effort was a second-place finish against males in the Grade 1 Canadian International.

Maryfield, claimed for $50,000 during winter 2006 at Santa Anita, went on to win the following year's Grade 1 Ballerina at Saratoga and the first running of the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Monmouth in her final career starts. Those efforts earned Maryfield an Eclipse Award in the female sprinter category.

La Voyageuse earned Sovereign Awards in each of her three years at the races as she took home the 3-year-old filly title in 1978, older mare honors in 1979, and the sprinter trophy in 1980.

In all, La Voyageuse won 26 of 56 starts, including 12 stakes, and finished second or third on 17 other occasions.