05/17/2010 11:00PM

Victory Gallop tops Canada's Hall class


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Mel Lawson, active as an owner and breeder in Ontario since the 1960s, is among this year's Thoroughbred inductees to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

Lawson, in the builder category, will be feted along with male horse Victory Gallop, female horse Lady Angela, trainer Frank Barroby, and veteran horse Victorian Era at the Hall of Fame's annual ceremony at the nearby Mississauga Convention Centre on Aug. 19.

The inductees were determined through the votes of a 20-member election committee that chose from candidates submitted by the Hall of Fame's nominating committee.

Lawson, 87, has campaigned a number of stakes winners over the years, including Sovereign Award winners Eternal Search and the homebreds Let's Go Blue and Ginger Gold.

This year, Lawson has a Queen's Plate candidate in Ghost Fleet, a homebred who finished second in Saturday's Queenston at Woodbine.

Victory Gallop, bred in Canada by Ivan Dalos, never raced in his homeland but was a major stakes winner and Eclipse Award winner while based in the United States. After finishing second behind Real Quiet in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness in 1998, Victory Gallop turned the tables in the Belmont to thwart the Triple Crown bid.

Trained by Elliott Walden, Victory Gallop came back the following year to capture the older male Eclipse Award, finishing third in the Dubai World Cup and concluding his career with victories in the Stephen Foster and Whitney handicaps.

Lady Angela raced with minor success in England but made her mark in the breeding shed in Canada for the Windfields Farm of the late E.P. Taylor. A daughter of Hyperion, Lady Angela foaled a Nearco colt in 1954.

Nearctic, the product of that mating, sired Northern Dancer, who went on to be one of Canada's greatest racehorses and a hugely successful stallion.

A stakes race named in honor of Lady Angela will be run at Woodbine on Monday.

Frank Barroby began his career as a jockey, winning his first race in Winnipeg in 1961 and riding throughout Western Canada before moving to Ontario and finally to Vancouver in 1968.

Since retiring from the saddle in 1976, the 66-year-old Barroby has been training horses at Hastings and was inducted into the British Columbia Horse Racing Hall of Fame last December.

Victorian Era won a remarkable 18 stakes races during a four-year career beginning in 1964.

Trained by Lou Cavalaris, Victorian Era was Canada's Horse of the Year and champion older horse in 1966 after sharing 3-year-old honors with Good Old Mort the preceding year.