The Ladies Handicap, scheduled for Dec. 14 at Aqueduct, possesses a colorful history by virtue of its lengthy history and its illustrious group of winners.
While temperatures soared under a hazy morning sun in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., emotions ran warmer and percolated over inside at the Humphrey S. Finney Sales Pavilion. The occasion Monday, Aug. 6, was the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.
Maskette belonged to the golden age of champions for James R. Keene.
Champion runners Holy Bull and Paseana, veteran jockey Earlie Fires, trainer Richard Mandella, and Maskette (Horse of Yesteryear) will be inducted into Thoroughbred racing's Hall of Fame today.
Frank Deford, himself a member of the National Association of Sporstcasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame, will be the keynote speaker at this years National Musuem of Racing and Hall of Fame inductiion ceremony. The new members of the Hall of Fame will be enshrined at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 6 at the Fasig-Tipton sale pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Earlie Fires, who led all apprentice jockeys in 1965 and is one of only 14 North American riders to win more than 6,000 races, and trainer Richard Mandella, who won his first stakes in 1974, are among the newest members of the Hall of Fame. This year's equine inductees will be Holy Bull, Paseana, and Maskette.
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