Edited press release
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame announced its 2006 inductees Tuesday, headlined by the late Steve Stavro in the Builders' category.
The class of 2006 features 11 new members including: four Standardbreds and two Thoroughbreds; trainers James Day and David Cross; and driver/trainers Doug Brown and Jacques Hebert.
The exceptional Thoroughbred stallion Bold Ruckus and the filly Lauries Dancer, a multiple graded stakes winner in the U.S. and Canada's Horse of the Year in 1971, are the two Thoroughbred inductees.
All except Armbro Emerson and David Cross, who were elected by the 12-member Veterans' Committee, were voted in by the two 16-member election committees. Successful inductees needed a minimum of 75 percent of the balloting.
Stavro, who passed away at age 78 in April, owned a small but highly successful racing and breeding operation that produced numerous champions for Knob Hill Stable. In 1992, Stavro won two Sovereign Awards as Canada's leading owner and breeder. His horses earned six Sovereign Awards. Thornfield and Benburb each were voted Canada's Horse of the Year.
Besides Dance Smartly, who won Canada's Triple Crown, Day saddled Queen's Plate winner Regal Intention, Eclipse Award winner Sky Classic and five Horse of the Year champions: Dauphin Fabuleux, Imperial Choice, Ruling Angel, Peaks and Valleys, and Dance Smartly. Day won more than 1,100 races and was Canada's leading trainer four times.
Cross, who was born in Vancouver and was a jockey before saddling his first winner in 1957, achieved national acclaim with Sunny's Halo. Canada's champion 2-year-old, the Canuck-bred colt won the 1983 Derby. He later won the $1 million Super Derby in Louisiana. Classic Cat, a multiple stakes winner, earned more than $1 million.
For ten years in a row Bold Ruckus was Canada's leading sire while standing at Park Stud in Caledon, Ontario. He was owned and raced by Gerald Going of Alberta. Bold Ruckus sired 62 stakes winners, including champions Bold Ruritana, King Ruckus, and King Corrie.
One of Northern Dancer's great daughters, Lauries Dancer, competed against the best fillies in North America in 1971, a year in which she won the Alabama Stakes, Delaware Oaks, Canadian Oaks, Bison City, and Star Shoot Stakes. She was owned by Mrs. Arthur Stollery and was bred by her husband's Angus Glen Farm of Unionville, Ontario.
The gala Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will be held Aug. 24 at the Mississauga Convention Centre on Derry Road.