Honor the Hero is one of two equine and two human inductees to be inducted into the Canterbury Hall of Fame on Saturday.
The 1988 son of Hero's Honor out of Homewrecker, by Buckaroo, won eight stakes races including the 1994 Churchill Downs Handicap (gr. III) and the Phoenix Gold Cup Stakes (gr. III) in 1993 and 1995. Doug Oliver trained the gelding for owners Alan Burdick and Edina and Arnulf Ueland. Honor the Hero won 25 races out of 58 starts, was in the money 69% of the time, and earned $688,037. He tied the six-furlong world record of 1:06.80 at Turf Paradise in 1993 and set the Canterbury Park track record for 7.5 furlongs at 1:28 in 1995.
Honor the Hero will be joined in the Canterbury Hall of Fame by New Zealand-bred John Bullit, trainer Bernell Rhone, and owner Dan Mjolsness who raced two-time Minnesota Horse of the Year Hoist Her Flag.
John Bullit was added to a package of horses bought in New Zealand by trainer Clayton Gray as a sweetner and wound up being the standout. The turf horse started 31 times at Canterbury and won 17 times. He earned $129,195 and was named Canterbury's champion in 1986.
Rhone, a North Dakota native, has been training horses at Canterbury Park since the Shakopee, Minn., racetrack opened in 1985 and has saddled winners in every meet held since then. He saddled the 1999 Minnesota Distaff Sprint Champion Dot's Moment and won the Northern Lights Futurity two consecutive years in 1999 with Tez Tarak and in 2000 with Now Playing, who went on to win the Minnesota Derby in 2001.
Mjolsness' contributions to Minnesota racing go far beyond his role as a leading owner. The former Superintendent of Schools in Red Wing, Minn., has been active lobbyist for the Minnesota horse racing industry for 20 years. He is a co-founder of the Claiming Crown and Minnesota Festival of Champions, and past president of both the Minnesota Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) and the Minnesota Thoroughbred Association.