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    WA Hall of Fame-2012 Finalists
    2/27/2012

    WASHINGTON RACING HALL OF FAME

    ANNOUNCES LIST OF 2012 FINALISTS

    AUBURN, Wash. (Feb. 27, 2012) —The Washington Racing Hall of Fame has released its annual list of finalists to win the state’s highest honor in Thoroughbred racing.

    Twenty horses, breeders, trainers and jockeys—four in each category—have been announced as finalists to become inducted into the Class of 2012 later this year.

    There are nine first-timers on this year’s ballot: Male Horses Handy N Bold and Hilco Scamper; Fillies & Mares Bix’s Bet, Flag de Lune and Rings a Chime; Jockey Basil Frazier; Trainers Howard Belvoir and Bob McMeans, and Breeder Maurice McGrath.

    Handy N Bold becomes the first horse to make the ballot based mainly on a body of work at Emerald Downs. A British Columbia-bred trained by Charles Essex and owned by Doris Orr, Handy N Bold won 10 stakes at Emerald Downs including a record four runnings of the Governor’s Handicap, and was voted Top Older Horse in 2001. The other newcomers in the horse categories are all Washington-breds: Grade 1 winning distaffers Flag de Lune and Rings a Chime, multiple stakes-winning mare Bix’s Bet, and multiple Grade 2 winning gelding Hilco Scamper.

    In the trainers’ category, two-time winning Longacres Mile-winning conditioner Belvoir, and No. 3 all-time Longacres stakes-winning trainer Bob McMeans both make their first appearances on the ballot. Bob McMeans could join his brother in the Hall of Fame; the late Bill McMeans was inducted in 2010.

    Frazier won over 2,000 races while riding mainly at Longacres and Exhibition Park and captured the 1974 Longacres Mile on Times Rush.

    A 16-member committee—composed of media, track officials, WTBOA and HBPA—will determine one winner from each category.

    The winners will be announced June 14 and the 2012 induction ceremony will be held Saturday, Aug. 18 following the races at Emerald Downs. The 77th running of the $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3) is set for Sunday, Aug. 19.

    Introduced in 2003, the Washington Racing Hall of Fame was created to honor and showcase Washington’s Thoroughbred industry elite. The inaugural class featured three inductees in each category, while subsequent classes have been limited to a single member in each category.

    2012 Washington Racing Hall of Fame Finalists

    Horse: Handy N Bold, Hilco Scamper, Sirde, Travel Orb

    Horse (F&M): Bix’s Bet, Flag de Lune, Rings a Chime, Whang Bang

    Jockey: Gary Boulanger, Basil Frazier, Paul Frey, Merlin Volzke

    Trainer: Howard Belvoir, Wayne Branch, Ben Harris, Bob McMeans

    Breeder: John Carlson, Maurice McGrath, George Newell, Penney Farms

    Complete Washington Racing Hall-of-Fame

    Class of 2011: Jockey-Vicky Baze; Trainer-Tim McCanna; Horse (f&m)-Firesweeper; Horse-Pataha Prince; Breeder-Grousemont Farm; Lifetime Achievement-Karen & Mickey Taylor.

    Class of 2010: Jockey-Joe Baze; Trainer-Bill McMeans; Horse-Biggs; Breeder-Les Turner; Lifetime Achievement-James Seabeck.

    Class of 2009: Jockey-Lennie Knowles; Trainer-Kathy Walsh; Horse-Sparrow Castle; Breeder-Wilbur & Marianne Stadelman.

    Class of 2008: Jockey-Larry Pierce; Trainer-Glen Williams; Horse-Belle Of Rainier; Breeder-Frank Brewster; Lifetime Achievement-Pete Pedersen.

    Class of 2007: Jockey-Johnny Adams; Trainer-Red McDaniel; Horse-Peterhof’s Patea; Breeder-Dan Agnew

    Class of 2006: Jockey-Albert Johnson; Trainer-Frances Keller; Horse-Sir William; Breeder-C. J. Sebastian.

    Class of 2005: Jockey-Basil James; Trainer-Bud Klokstad; Horse-Smogy Dew; Breeder-Guy & Barbara Roberts.

    Class of 2004: Jockey-Russell Baze; Trainer-Charles Whittingham; Horse-Saratoga Passage, Turbulator; Breeder-George Drumheller; Lifetime Achievement-Ron Crockett.

    Class of 2003: Jockey-Gary Baze, Ralph Neves, Gary Stevens; Trainer-Allen Drumheller, Jim Penney, Tom Smith; Horse-Captain Condo, Chinook Pass, Trooper Seven; Breeder-Herb Armstrong, Jerre Paxton; Lifetime Achievement-Joe Gottstein.

    Eligibility requirements: Any Washington-bred or any horse that has raced at least twice in Washington shall be eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame. Any jockey or trainer born in Washington shall be eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame, or any jockey or trainer who has competed in at least five years in Washington shall be eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame. The breeding category alternates yearly between pre-and-post 1970 (2012 is pre-1970). A category for female horses was added in 2011.

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