2017 LIVING HORSE HALL OF FAME BALLOTS
Museum members, be on the lookout in your mailbox for your 2017 Living Horse Hall of Fame ballot. The ballot box closes on December 28, 2016, so returned ballots must be postmarked by that date. All members in good standing of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame are eligible to vote for TWO horses they feel exemplify greatness. If you are not a member or have not renewed your membership and would like to vote, email or call Development Director Joanne Young at [email protected], 845-294-6330. You can also join or renew online HERE.
If members have not received their ballot please contact the Museum director at [email protected] or by phone at 845-294-6330 and one will be immediately sent to you. Only Museum members in good standing are eligible to vote for this prestigious award.
THE 2017 NOMINEES ARE:
ANDOVER HALL – CANTAB HALL – CREDIT WINNER – MR MUSCLEMAN – ROCK N ROLL HEAVEN
The ballot box closes December 28, 2016
The winners will be announced in early January 2017
THE LIVING HORSE HALL OF FAME CRITERIA
AS A RACEHORSE: Must have won 75% of its lifetime starts OR gone undefeated in a single season campaign of 12 or more races OR the winner of $3 million lifetime OR named Harness Horse of the Year (U.S. and/or Canada).
AS A STALLION: Must rank among the 10 all-time leading moneywinning sires at his gait OR have sired at least 100 $200,000 winners OR the leading money-winning sire at his gait in three or more seasons.
AS A BROODMARE: Must have produced a $1 million winner and two other winners of $500,000 OR produced a Harness Horse of the Year (U.S. and/or Canada) and another $500,000 winner. Broodmares meeting the broodmare category criteria are automatically elected members of the Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame.
(Nominated as Stallion)
3,1:51.3 ($870,510) Brown Horse, 1999
(Garland Lobell – Amour Angus – Magna Force)
As a two-year-old in 2001, world champion Andover Hall won eight of nine starts, earning $450,920. Major victories included the Campbellville Trot, Champlain Stakes, Bluegrass and Horseman Stakes. He was voted 2001 Dan Patch Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year. In his sophomore season, Andover Hall finished on the board in ten of thirteen starts while earning $419,590. His major victory came in the World Trotting Derby in DuQuoin, Illinois.
As a stallion, Andover Hall has sired winners of over $69 million to date, including nine millionaires, with 172 $100,000 winners and 114 in 1:55. Andover Hall is the sire of 2007 Horse of the Year and 2014 Hall of Fame inductee, world champion Donato Hanover 3,1:50.1 ($2,998,777), winner of the 2006 Breeders Crown and Peter Haughton Memorial and the 2007 Hambletonian, Canadian Trotting Classic, World Trotting Derby, Stanley Dancer Memorial and Kentucky Futurity; 2013 Kentucky Futurity and 2015 Breeders Crown winner Creatine 4,1:51.2 ($2,102,022); Nuncio 3,1:50.4 ($1,919,145), winner of the 2014 Yonkers Trot and Kentucky Futurity; world champion Pampered Princess 3,1:53 ($1,648,362), 2006 Dan Patch and O’Brien Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly and 2007 Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly, and winner of the 2006 Oakville and 2007 Elegant Image and Delvin Miller; and 2015 Elitlopp winner Magic Tonight 3,1:52.4f ($1,362,296).
As a broodmare sire, Andover Hall has sired the dams of winners of over $18 million with two millionaires. He is the grandsire of 2014 Dan Patch and O’Brien Older Trotting Mare, world champion Classic Martine 4,1:51.1 ($1,168,161), winner of the 2013 PA Sire Stakes Final and 2014 Armbro Flight; and world champion Archangel 5,1:50 ($1,140,972), winner of the 2012 Yonkers Trot and Empire Breeders Classic final.
(Nominated as Stallion)
3,1:54 ($1,442,303) Bay Horse, 2001
(Self Possessed – Canland Hall – Garland Lobell)
As a two-year-old in 2003, Cantab Hall won all ten of his starts, earning $461,337, and was voted Dan Patch Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year and Trotter of the Year. Major victories included the Breeders Crown, American-National, International Stallion Stakes and the Bluegrass. In his sophomore season, Cantab Hall finished on the board in eleven of thirteen starts while earning $980,966. His major victory came in his second American-National win.
As a stallion, Cantab Hall was the leading sire at his gait for three consecutive years (2012-2014). He has sired winners of over $63 million to date, including seven millionaires, with 179 $100,000 winners and 114 in 1:55. His most successful offspring include 2013 Dan Patch and O’Brien Two-Year-Old and 2014 Dan Patch Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year, world champion Father Patrick 3,1:50.2f ($2,558,133), winner of the 2013 Breeders Crown, Wellwood Memorial and Peter Haughton Memorial and the 2014 Canadian Trotting Classic, Breeders Crown, Beal Memorial, Zweig Memorial and Stanley Dancer Memorial; world champion Wild Honey 3,1:50.4 ($1,589,235), winner of the 2015 Breeders Crown, Hambletonian Oaks, PA Sire Stakes final and Kentucky Filly Futurity; and world champion Explosive Matter 3,1:52.3 ($1,510,542), winner of the 2008 Matron Stakes and the 2009 Colonial and Bluegrass.
As a broodmare sire, Cantab Hall has sired the dams of winners of over $9 million to date, with one millionaire, Dan Patch and O’Brien Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year and world champion, Southwind Frank 3,1:52.1 ($1,950,887), winner of the 2015 Breeders Crown, Peter Haughton Memorial and William Wellwood Memorial, and the 2016 Colonial and Earl Beal Jr. Memorial.
(Nominated as Stallion)
3,1:54 ($1,495,295) Brown Horse, 1997
(American Winner – Lawn Tennis – Armbro Goal)
Trotter Credit Winner raced in 1999 and 2000, earning a career record of 23-9-9-2. As a stallion, Credit Winner has sired winners of over $78 million, including five millionaires, with 238 $100,000 winners and 104 in 1:55.
In 1999, freshman Credit Winner earned $359,207, finishing on the board in eight of his nine starts. Major victories included divisions of the International Stallion Stakes and the Bluegrass. As a three-year-old in 2000, Credit Winner finished on the board in twelve of fourteen starts, with six wins and earnings of $1,136,088. Major victories included the Kentucky Futurity and Old Oaken Bucket.
Credit Winner is the sire of 2005 Dan Patch Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year, world champion Chocolatier 3,1:53 ($1,324,800), winner of the 2006 World Trotting Derby and 2005 Breeders Crown; 2012 Yonkers Trot winner and world champion Archangel 5,1:50 ($1,140,972); 2011 Beal Memorial winner and world champion Dejarmbro 3,1:52.2f ($1,137,285); Calchips Brute 5,1:54.3 ($1,082,437); and world champion Crazed 3,1:52.2 ($1,063,059), winner of the 2008 Colonial and Matron Stakes.
As a broodmare sire, Credit Winner has sired the dams of winners of over $24 million with 64 $100,000 winners and 41 in 1:55, including 2015 O’Brien Older Trotting Horse of the Year Resolve 5,1:50.2 ($2,256,678), winner of the 2016 International Trot, Maple Leaf Trot and Cashman Memorial; Bar Hopping 3,1:51.4 ($1,292,433), winner of the 2016 Canadian Trotting Classic, Breeders Crown and Zweig Memorial; and 2012 Dan Patch and O’Brien Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year Wheeling N Dealin 5,1:54s ($913,975).
(Nominated as Racehorse)
5,1:51.1s ($3,582,823) Bay Gelding, 2000
(Muscles Yankee – Meadowbranch Irene – Meadow Road)
Trotter Mr Muscleman raced from 2002-2007. At the time of his retirement, he was ranked ninth among the leading moneywinning trotters of all time and is currently ranked fourth among North American trotters. Mr Muscleman recorded 37 wins out of 69 starts, finishing off the board only eight times in six seasons of racing.
In eleven starts as a two-year-old in 2002, Mr Muscleman had five wins, including the Bluegrass and Harold Dancer Memorial. The following year, victories in the Canadian Trotting Classic, Breeders Crown and Kentucky Futurity contributed to Mr Muscleman being voted 2003 Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year. His earnings of $1,178,115 were the most ever by a three-year-old trotting gelding.
In 2004, winning the Maple Leaf Trot and American-National helped earn Mr Muscleman the title of Older Trotter of the Year in both the U.S. and Canada. In 2005, five-year-old Mr Muscleman’s victories included the Breeders Crown, Maple Leaf Trot, Titan Cup and Classic Series, where he set his record 1:51.1s. His season’s earnings of $1,364,220 were the most ever by an older Standardbred gelding and made Mr Muscleman the only Standardbred to earn $1 million in two non-consecutive seasons of North American racing. He was voted 2005 Trotter of the Year and Older Trotter of the Year.
In 2007, seven-year-old Mr Muscleman finished a close second in Sweden’s Elitlopp and won all four of his North American starts. Persistent leg issues forced his retirement in 2008. Mr Muscleman has been a resident of the Kentucky Horse Park’s Hall of Champions since October 2009.
ROCK N ROLL HEAVEN
(Nominated as Racehorse)
p,3,1:47.3 ($2,748,818) Bay Horse, 2007
(Rocknroll Hanover – Artistic Vision – Artsplace)
At the time of his retirement from racing, 2010 Horse of the Year and world champion Rock N Roll Heaven was the tenth-leading single-season moneywinning Standardbred of all time, recording 20 wins out of 30 career starts.
In 2009, two-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven finished on the board in all of his nine freshman starts, with four wins including the New Jersey Sire Stakes final and the Bluegrass. He earned $592,626 and set a world record 1:50.3 for two-year-old pacing colts on a five-eighths mile track.
In 2010, three-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven won sixteen of twenty-one starts, earning $2,156,192, and was that year’s leading moneywinning Standardbred. Major victories included the Berry’s Creek final, New Jersey Sire Stakes final, Battle of the Brandywine, Little Brown Jug, Breeders Crown, Bluegrass Stakes, Tattersalls Pace, Messenger Stakes and the Matron Stakes final. Rock N Roll Heaven was elected 2010 Dan Patch Horse of the Year, Dan Patch Pacer of the Year, and Dan Patch and O’Brien Three-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year.
In winning the Little Brown Jug in record time (1:49.2h), Rock N Roll Heaven became the first horse to pace two sub-1:50 miles on the same day, while setting the world record for pacing on a half-mile track in a two-heat race and the record for three-year-old pacers on the half-mile. In 2010 he paced a record eleven sub-1:50 race miles (seven consecutive), with victories in 1:49.2 or faster on half-mile, five-eighths mile, seven-eighths and mile tracks.