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National Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame

Extra: 1998 HOF Nominees

The following information is reprinted with the permission of the National Museum of Racing.

A Brief History

The National Museum of Racing was incorporated in historic Saratoga Springs, New York, in 1950. In 1955 the Museum moved to its present site on Union Avenue, and the Hall of Fame was created to recognize and honor deserving horses, jockeys, and trainers.

Over the past 40 years the selection process and criteria have been finetuned, but the Hall of Fame remains devoted to the original three categories. As of Hall of Fame Day 1997, members include 151 Thoroughbreds, 76 jockeys, and 69 trainers. All are racing heroes.

The Hall of Fame Nomination Committee

The Nomination Committee consists of racing historians and prominent media representatives who have been asked to prepare a ballot of candidates for the Hall of Fame. The initial slate of eligible candidates is proposed by members of the Nomination Committee as well as a larger Voting Panel of racing media representatives from throughout the United States. The Nomination Committee then votes to determine three nominees per category.

The categories under consideration each year usually include Contemporary runners of both sexes, Horses of Yesteryear, jockeys, and trainers. Periodically historic jockeys and trainers, as well as representatives from the steeplechase world, are honored.

Selection Criteria

To earn a place on the annual ballot, nominees must meet the following criteria:

  1. Thoroughbreds become eligible when five calendar years have elapsed between their final racing year and their year of nomination;

  2. Eligible Thoroughbreds are classified as Contemporary Male or Female if they have been retired between five and 25 years. Horses that have been retired for more than 25 years are classified as Horses of Yesteryear;

  3. Active jockeys become eligible after riding for 15 years (any interruptions in their careers for injury not being counted against them);

  4. Active trainers become eligible after 25 years as licensed Thoroughbred trainers;

  5. The 15 and 25 year requirements may be waived for retired jockeys and trainers, but a five-year waiting period is then observed before they become eligible. In cases of fragile health, the Hall of Fame Committee may request that the five-year waiting period be waived at the discretion of the Executive Committee.

The Final Vote

Brief biographies of all nominees are incorporated on ballots and mailed to the Voting Committee. These men and women have the responsibility to elect one candidate from each category.

Each spring when the final votes have been tallied, the announcement of new inductees is made. In recent years, this announcement has occurred during Derby Week.

Induction Day

On a summer morning in August, the new inductees, current Hall of Famers, and racing fans gather on the Museum's lawn to celebrate the achievements of new members. New plaques are unveiled in the Hall of Fame and awarded to each inductee. This ceremony is free and open to the general public.

Hall of Fame Members

Jockeys Trainers Horses

Each member is listed with the year of his/her induction to the Hall of Fame or in the case of horses the year of induction and the year foaled.

Jockeys
Frank D. Adams (1970)
John Adams (1965)
Joe Aitcheson Jr. (1978)
G. Edward Arcaro (1958)
Ted Atkinson (1957)
Braulio Baeza (1976)
Jerry Bailey (1995)
George Barbee (1996)
Carroll K. Bassett (1972)
Walter Blum (1987)
George Bostwick (1968)
Sam Boulmetis, Sr. (1973)
Steve Brooks (1963)
Don Brumfield (1996)
Thomas H. Burns (1983)
James H. Butwell (1984)
J. DaVett Byers (1967)
Steve Cauthen (1994)
Frank Coltiletti (1970)
Angel Cordero Jr. (1988)
Robert H. Crawford (1973)
Pat Day (1991)
Eddie Delahoussaye (1993)
Lavelle Ensor (1962)
Laverne Fator (1955)
Jerry Fishback (1992)
Mack Garner (1969)
Edward Garrison (1955)
Avelino Gomez (1982)
Henry Griffin (1956)
O. Eric Guerin (1972)
Willian J. Hartack (1959)
Sandy Hawley (1992)
Albert Johnson (1971)
Willian J. Knapp (1969)
Clarence Kummer (1972)
Charles Kurtsinger (1967)
John P. Loftus (1959)
John Eric Longden (1958)
Daniel A. Maher (1955)
Linus McAtee (1956)
Chris McCarron (1989)
Conn McCreary (1975)
Rigan McKinney (1968)
James McLaughlin (1955)
Walter Miller (1955)
Isaac B. Murphy (1955)
Ralph Neves (1960)
Joe Notter (1963)
George A. Odom (1955)
Winfield O'Connor (1956)
Frank O'Neill (1956)
Ivan H. Parke (1978)
Gil Patrick (1970)
Laffit Pincay Jr. (1975)
Samuel Purdy (1970)
John Reiff (1956)
Alfred Robertson (1971)
John L. Rotz (1983)
Earl Sande (1955)
Carroll H. Schilling (1970)
William Shoemaker (1958)
Willie Simms (1977)
Tod Sloan (1955)
Alfred P. Smithwick (1973)
Gary Stevens (1997)
James Stout (1968)
Fred Taral (1955)
Bayard Tuckerman Jr. (1973)
Ron Turcotte (1979)
Nash Turner (1955)
Robert M. Ussery (1980)
Jorge Velasquez (1990)
George M. Woolfe (1955)
Raymond Workman (1956)
Manuel Ycaza (1977)

Trainers
Lazaro S. Barrera (1979)
H. Guy Bedwell (1971)
Edward D. Brown (1984)
J. Elliott Burch (1980)
Preston M. Burch (1963)
William P. Burch (1955)
Fred Burlew (1973)
Frank E. Childs (1968)
Henry S. Clark (1982)
W. Burlng Cocks (1985)
James P. Conway (1996)
Warren A. Croll, Jr. (1994)
William Duke (1956)
Louis Feustel (1964)
James Fitzsimmons (1958)
Robert Frankel (1995)
John M. Gaver, Sr. (1966)
Thomas J. Healey (1955)
Samuel O. Hildreth (1955)
Maximilian Hirsch (1959)
William J. Hirsch (1982)
Thomas Hitchcock (1973)
Hollie Hughes (1973)
John J. Hyland (1956)
Hirsch Jacobs (1958)
H. Allen Jerkens (1975)
Phillip G. Johnson (1997)
Williah R. Johnson (1986)
LeRoy Jolley (1987)
Ben A. Jones (1958)
Horace A. Jones (1959)
A. Jack Joyner (1955)
Tommy Kelly (1993)
Lucien Laurin (1977)
J. Howard Lewis (1969)
Horatio A. Luro (1980)
John E. Madden (1983)
James W. Maloney (1989)
Frank Martin (1981)
Ron McAnally (1990)
Henry McDaniel (1956)
MacKenzie Miller (1987)
Willian Molter (1960)
W.F. Mulholland (1967)
Edward A. Neloy (1983)
John Nerud (1972)
Burley Parke (1986)
Angel Penna (1988)
Jacob Pincus (1988)
John W. Rogers (1955)
James G. Rowe, Sr. (1955)
Flint S. Schulhofer (1992)
Jonathan Sheppard (1990)
Robert A. Smith (1976)
D.M. Smithwick (1971)
Woodford Stephens (1976)
Mesh Tenney (1991)
Henry J. Thompson (1969)
Harry Trotsek (1984)
Jack C. Van Berg (1985)
Marion Van Berg (1970)
Sylvester Veitch (1977)
R.W. Walden (1970)
Michael G. Walsh (1997)
Sherrill H. Ward (1978)
Frank Whiteley Jr. (1978)
Charles Whittinghan (1974)
G. Carey Winfrey (1975)
Willian C. Winfrey (1971)

Horses
Ack Ack (1986, 1966)
Affectionately (1989, 1960)
Affirmed (1980, 1975)
All Along (Fr) (1990, 1979)
Alsab (1976, 1939)
Alydar (1989, 1975)
Alysheba (1993, 1984)
American Eclipse (1970, 1814)
Armed (1963, 1941)
Artful (1956, 1902)
Arts and Letters (1994, 1966)
Assault (1964, 1943)
Battleship (1969, 1927)
Bed o' Roses (1976, 1947)
Beldame (1956, 1901)
Ben Brush (1955, 1893)
Bewitch (1977, 1945)
Bemelech (1990, 1937)
Black Gold (1989, 1921)
Black Helen (1991, 1932)
Blue Larkspur (1957, 1926)
Bold Ruler (1973, 1954)
Bold 'n Determined (1997, 1977)
Bon Nouvel (1976, 1960)
Boston (1955, 1833)
Broomstick (1956, 1901)
Buckpasser (1970, 1963)
Busher (1964, 1942)
Bushranger (1967, 1930)
Cafe Prince (1985, 1970)
Carry Back (1975, 1958)
Cavalcade (1993, 1931)
Challedon (1977, 1936)
Chris Evert (1988, 1971)
Cicada(1967, 1959)
Citation (1959, 1945)
Coaltown (1983, 1945)
Colin (1956, 1905)
Commando (1956, 1898)
Count Fleet (1961, 1940)
Crusader (1995, 1923)
Dahlia (1981, 1970)
Damascus (1974, 1964)
Dark Mirage (1974, 1965)
Davona Dale (1985, 1976)
Desert Vixen (1979, 1970)
Devil Diver (1980, 1939)
Discovery (1969, 1931)
Domino (1955, 1891)
Dr. Fager (1971, 1964)
Easy Goer (1997, 1986)
Eight Thirty (1994, 1936)
Elkridge (1966, 1938)
Emperor of Norfolk (1988, 1885)
Equipoise (1957, 1928)
Exterminator (1957, 1915)
Fairmount (1985, 1921)
Fair Play (1956, 1905)
Fashion (1980, 1837)
Firenze (1981, 1884)
Flatterer (1994, 1979)
Foolish Pleasure (1995, 1972)
Forego (1979, 1970)
Gallant Bloom (1977, 1966)
Gallant Fox (1957, 1927)
Gallant Man (1987, 1954)
Gallorette (1962, 1942)
Gamely (1980, 1964)
Genuine Risk (1986, 1977)
Go For Wand (1996, 1987)
Good and Plenty (1956, 1900)
Granville (1997, 1933)
Grey Lag (1957, 1918)
Hamburg (1986, 1895)
Hanover (1955, 1884)
Henry of Navarre (1985, 1891)
Hill Prince (1991, 1947)
Hindoo (1955, 1878)
lmp (1965, l894)
Jay Trump (1971, 1957)
John Henry (1990, 1975)
Johnstown (1992, 1936)
Jolly Roger (1965, 1922)
Kelso (1967, 1957)
Kentucky (1983, 1861)
Kingston (1955, 1884)
Lady's Secret (1992, 1982)
La Prevoyante (1995, 1970)
L'Escargot (1977, 1963)
Lexington (1955, 1850)
Longfellow (1971, 1867)
Luke Blackburn (1956, 1877)
Majestic Prince (1988, 1966)
Man o'War (1957, 1917)
Miss Woodford (1967, 1880)
Myrtlewood (1979, 1932)
Nashua (1965, 1952)
Native Dancer (1963, 1950)
Native Diver (1978, 1959)
Neji (1966, 1950)
Northern Dancer (1976, 1961)
Oedipus (1978, 1946)
Old Rosebud (1968, 1911)
Omaha (1965, 1932)
Pan Zareta (1972, 1910)
Parole (1984, 1873)
Personal Ensign (1993, 1984)
Peter Pan (1956, 1904)
Princess Doreen (1982, 1921)
Princess Rooney (1991, 1980)
Real Delight (1987, 1949)
Regret (1957, 1912)
Reigh Count (1978, 1925)
Roamer (1981, 1911)
Roseben (1956, 1901)
Round Table (1972, 1954)
Ruffian (1976, 1972)
Ruthless (1975, 1864)
Salvator (1955, 1886)
Sarazen (1957, 1921)
Seabiscuit (1958, 1933)
Searching (1978, 1952)
Seattle Slew (1981, 1974)
Secretariat (1974, 1970)
Shuvee (1975, 1966)
Silver Spoon (1978, 1956)
Sir Archy (1955, 1805)
Sir Barton (1957, 1916)
Slew o' Gold (1992, 1980)
Spectacular Bid (1982, 1976)
Stymie (1975, 1941)
Sun Beau (1996, 1925)
Sunday Silence (1996, 1986)
Susan's Girl (1976, 1969)
Swaps (1966, 1952)
Sword Dancer (1977, 1956)
Sysonby (1956, 1902)
Ta Wee (1994, 1966)
Ten Broeck (1982, 1872)
Tim Tam (1985, 1955)
Tom Fool (1960, 1949)
Top Flight (1966, 1929)
Tosmah (1984, 1961)
Twenty Grand (1957, 1928)
Twilight Tear (1963, 1941)
Two Lea (1982, 1946)
War Admiral (1958, 1934)
Whirlaway (1959, 1938)
Whisk Broom II (1979, 1907)
Zaccio (1990, 1976)
Zev (1983, 1920)

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