The Living Horse Hall of Fame nominating committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has announced the results of recent balloting to determine the 2022 inductees into the Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame.
Museum members voted for the three horses they felt best exemplified greatness. Their choices are Andover Hall, Credit Winner and Presidential Ball.
The other nominees were Ariana G, Mission Brief and Pure Country.
Andover Hall, Credit Winner and Presidential Ball will be inducted on Hall of Fame Day, Sunday, July 3. The ceremonies honouring these extraordinary Standardbreds will take place during the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame’s annual dinner. For information on the Hall of Fame weekend and other festivities surrounding this important occasion, visit harnessmuseum.com from April 2022 onward or call or write the Museum at 240 Main St., Goshen, NY 10924. Phone: 845-294-6330.
Standardbreds are eligible for nomination to harness racing’s highest accolade only if they comply with the following strict criteria:
As A Racehorse:
Must be retired from racing for two years. Must have been the winner of $2.5 million lifetime with two Dan Patch awards or been the winner of $3 million lifetime or been named Dan Patch Horse of the Year. Horses over the age of 12 that are still racing and meet the criteria are also eligible.
As A Racemare:
Must be retired from racing for two years. Must have been the winner of $1.5 million lifetime with two Dan Patch awards or been the winner of $2.5 million lifetime or been named Dan Patch Horse of the Year. Mares over the age of 12 that are still racing and meet the criteria are also eligible.
As A Stallion:
Must rank among the 10 all-time leading money-winning sires at his gait or have sired at least 100 $200,000 winners or been the leading money-winning sire at his gait in three or more seasons.
(Nominated as Stallion)
2,1:56.2s; 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 10 of 13 starts while earning $419,590. His major victory came in the World Trotting Derby at Du Quoin.
As a stallion, Andover Hall has sired winners of more than $87 million, including nine millionaires, with 219 $100,000 winners and 164 in 1:55. Andover Hall is the sire of Nuncio 3,1:50.4 ($3,627,500), winner of the 2014 Yonkers Trot and Kentucky Futurity; 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), sire of 2021 Breeders Crown and Kentucky Futurity winner Jujubee 3,1:49.3 ($961,857); and world champion Pampered Princess 3,1:53 ($1,648,362), 2006 Dan Patch and O’Brien Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year and 2007 Three-Tear-Old Trotting Filly of the Year.
As a broodmare sire, Andover Hall has sired the dams of winners of more than $50 million with three 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 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final and 2014 Armbro Flight; world champion Archangel 5,1:50 ($1,140,972), winner of the 2012 Yonkers Trot and Empire Breeders Classic final; and Dan Patch 3-year-old Trotting Filly of the Year When Dovescry 4,1:50 ($1,632,172), winner of the 2019 Hambletonian Oaks.
(Nominated as Stallion)
2,1:57.4; 3,1:54 ($1,495,295) Brown Horse, 1997
(American Winner–Lawn Tennis–Armbro Goal)
In 1999, freshman trotter Credit Winner earned $359,207, finishing on the board in eight of his nine starts. Major victories included divisions of the International Stallion Stake and the Bluegrass. As a three-year-old in 2000, Credit Winner finished on the board in 12 of 14 starts, with six wins and earnings of $1,136,088. Major victories included the Kentucky Futurity and Old Oaken Bucket. Credit Winner retired with a career racing record of 23-9-9-2.
As a stallion, Credit Winner has sired winners of more then $103 million, including six millionaires, with 300 $100,000 winners and 154 in 1:55. He is the sire of Devious Man 3,1:52.2s ($1,338,677), winner of the 2016 New York Sire Stakes final and 2017 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial and EBC final; 2005 Dan Patch Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year and world champion Chocolatier 3,1:53 ($1,324,800), winner of the 2006 World Trotting Derby and 2005 Breeders Crown; 2012 Yonkers Trot winner, world champion Archangel 5,1:50 ($1,140,972); 2011 Earl Beal Jr. 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 more than $60 million with 172 $100,000 winners, 117 in 1:55, and four millionaires including 2015 O’Brien Older Trotting Horse of the Year Resolve 4,1:50.4 ($2,621,086), winner of the 2016 Yonkers International Trot and Maple Leaf Trot; 2018 Yonkers International Trot winner Cruzado Dela Noche 3,1:53.3f ($1,383,639); Bar Hopping 3,1:51.4 ($1,292,433), winner of the 2016 Breeders Crown, Canadian Trotting Classic and Zweig Memorial; and 2019 Kentucky Sire Stakes final and 2020 Zweig Memorial winner Ready For Moni 4,1:50.3 ($1,204,068).
(Nominated as Racehorse)
p,2,1:54.2f; 3,1:50 ($3,021,363) Brown Horse, 1990
(Cam Fella–I Marilyn–Mountain Skipper)
Presidential Ball raced in 1992-1993, winning 26 out of 38 lifetime starts, while amassing more than $3 million in career earnings. At the time of his retirement, he was the third-leading money-winning pacer of all time.
In his freshman season, Presidential Ball finished on the board in 12 of 13 starts with nine victories, including the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace, Garden State Stake, Nassagaweya, Metro and Niatross. He earned $799,197 that year and was voted Dan Patch and O’Brien Two-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year.
Presidential Ball’s three-year-old season included victories in the $1 million North America Cup and Meadowlands Pace, as well as the New Jersey Classic, Windy City Pace, William E. Miller, Provincial Cup (equalling the track and stakes record), Burlington, Simcoe Stakes and New Jersey Sire Stakes final.
Presidential Ball completed his sophomore campaign with 17 wins out of 25 starts and purse winnings totalling $2,222,166. That year he claimed the titles of leading money-winning pacer, leading single-season money-winning Standardbred of all time and New Jersey Standardbred of the Year, and was honoured as 1993 Three-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year in both the U.S. and Canada.
As a stallion, Presidential Ball’s offspring have earned more than $60 million and three have topped the million-dollar mark: Bigtime Ball p,5,1:48.2s ($1,558,519), Cathedra Dot Com p,3,1:51 ($1,520,487) and Allamerican Native p,3,1:49.4 ($1,296,304).
*Note: All earnings reported in USD.
(Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame)