07/13/2004 11:00PM

Two historic figures to join


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Jockey Jimmy Winkfield, who enjoyed international success that included two Kentucky Derby victories, and Bowl of Flowers, a two-time filly champion, will join the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame next month.

The museum's Historic Review Committee approved the pair for induction. They will join the other 2004 inductees elected into the Hall of Fame by the regular voting process: trainer Claude R. "Shug" McGaughey III, jockey Kent Desormeaux, and champion racehorses Skip Away and Flawlessly.

"The Historic Review Committee was established to review horses and individuals of the distant past in racing," said Peter Hammell, director of the National Museum of Racing. "We recognize that over the years some worthy candidates might not win election and then gradually fade from memory."

The 12-member Historic Review Committee is a panel of racing historians and requires a 75-percent majority approval to induct a nominee.

Winkfield, born in 1882, won consecutive Kentucky Derbies, in 1901 on His Eminence and in 1902 on Alan-a-Dale. He is one of only four riders to win the race in consecutive years. Winkfield initially rode in Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Illinois, but in 1904 he relocated to Russia. He quickly came to dominate the jockey standings there. In 12 years, he rode the winners of four Russian Derbies as well as numerous other important races. But the Russian Revolution in 1917 forced him to flee the country. He did not go alone: Winkfield led a group of people and about 200 horses on a 1,000-mile trek from Odessa that took 13 weeks and cost the lives of about 50 of the horses.

Winkfield took up riding again in France, retiring finally at age 50 with 2,500 victories to his credit. He established a training stable at Maisons-Laffitte, but world events caught up with him again in 1940 when German forces rolled into France. Winkfield returned to the United States and trained horses here for a time, but ended his career in France after World War II. He died in France in 1974.

Bowl of Flowers, a homebred Sailor filly campaigned by Isabel Dodge Sloane's Brookmeade Stable, was the nation's juvenile filly champion in 1960 and 3-year-old filly champion in 1961.

"I would put her in the top five of any horse I've trained and possibly the best filly I ever trained," Hall of Fame trainer Elliott Burch said of her. "I was so very fond of her."

Campaigning at 2 and 3, she won 10 of her 16 starts for lifetime earnings of $398,504. She won the National Stallion, Gardenia, and Frizette Stakes at 2. At 3, she won the Acorn and Coaching Club American Oaks, narrowly missing New York's 1961 filly triple crown when she lost by a head to Funloving in the Mother Goose. That loss also ended a six-race winning streak that had started the season before with a Belmont allowance victory. Bowl of Flowers went on later that year to take the Spinster over Alabama winner Primonetta and eventual champion handicap mare Airmans Guide.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place Aug. 9 at 10:30 a.m. at Fasig-Tipton's Humphrey S. Finney pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.