03/14/2007 11:00PM

Solis, Romero, Santos among 13 finalists


A total of 13 people and horses - headed by a particularly strong group of contemporary female runners and three popular jockeys - are the finalists on this year's ballot for the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame, the Hall announced on Thursday.

Finalists for female horse are Eclipse Award winners Inside Information, Mom's Command, Silverbulletday, and Sky Beauty. The finalists for jockey are Randy Romero, Jose Santos, and Alex Solis. The trainer finalists are Gary Jones, John Veitch, and the late Robert Wheeler. And the male horse finalists are Best Pal, Manila, and Silver Charm.

Ballots will go out next month to approximately 185 voters, and the winners will be whoever receives the most votes in each category. The winners are scheduled to be announced May 29 and inducted Aug. 6 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Among the female finalists, Inside Information won 14 of 17 starts, including the Breeders' Cup Distaff by a record 13 lengths. Mom's Command swept the New York filly triple crown - the Acorn, Mother Goose, and Coaching Club American Oaks - and won the Alabama Stakes. Silverbulletday won championships at ages 2 and 3, and her 15 wins included the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and Kentucky Oaks. Sky Beauty won 15 of 21 starts, and, like Mom's Command, swept the New York filly triple crown and won the Alabama.

Among jockeys, Solis, 42, has won more than 4,400 races, including three Breeders' Cup races and the 1986 Preakness with Snow Chief.

Romero, 49, won 4,285 races, most notably the 1988 Breeders' Cup Distaff with Personal Ensign.

Santos, 45, has won more than 4,000 races, but is sidelined with injuries from an accident earlier this year at Aqueduct. He won the 2003 Kentucky Derby with Funny Cide, has won seven Breeders' Cup races, and was the Eclipse Award-winning jockey of 1988.

Santos rode Manila, one of the finalists among male horses. Manila won 12 of 18 races, including the 1986 Breeders' Cup Turf.

Best Pal raced at the top level from ages 2 through 7. His victories include the Santa Anita Handicap, Hollywood Gold Cup, and Del Mar's Pacific Classic.

Silver Charm, the champion 3-year-old of 1997, won that year's Derby and Preakness, and the next year captured the Dubai World Cup.

Among trainers, Jones, 61, was a mainstay in California for 20 years, where his top runners included Best Pal and Eclipse Award winner Turkoman.

Veitch, 61, was best known for his work with Calumet Farm, for which he trained Alydar and champions Before Dawn, Davona Dale, and Our Mims. He also won a turf championship with Sunshine Forever.

Wheeler, who died in 1992 at age 72, trained champions Silver Spoon and Track Robbery, and won consecutive runnings of the Santa Anita Derby in 1959-60.