2014 Racing Hall of Fame

The 2014 Racing Hall of Fame Inductions

Track announcer and Master of Ceremonies Tom Durkin is overcome with emotion after he was acknowledged at the start of the Induction Ceremony at the Hall of Fame.

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Hall of Fame jockey Angel Cordero Jr. is introduced to the crowd.

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Attending members of the Hall of Fame gather before the induction ceremony.

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Edward R. Bradley (1859-1946)

E. R. Bradley was elected to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame under the Pillars of the Turf category.

He owned 4 winners of the Kentucky Derby, (Behave Yourself, Bubbling Over, Burgoo King and Brokers Tip), three winners of the Preakness Stakes (Kalitan, Burgoo King and Bimelich) and two winners of the Belmont Stakes (Blue Larkspur and Bimelech), as well as Hall of Famers Black Helen and Busher. Bradley owned Idle Hour Stock Farm near Lexington, Kentucky, and purchased Fair Grounds Race Course in 1926.

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John Philips accepts the plaque from Ed Bowen for Edward R. Bradley.

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John Philips gives the acceptance speech for Edward R. Bradley.

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Edward Plunket Taylor (1901-1989)

Also elected to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame under the Pillars of the Turf category was E. P. Taylor. Best known as the breeder of the great Northern Dancer, E. P. Taylor bred 54 champions, and 192 stakes winners. He was North America's leading breeder in wins 19 times and earnings 9 times.

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Noreen Taylor, right, accepts the plaque from Ed Bowen for E.P. Taylor.

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Noreen Taylor gives the acceptance speech for E.P. Taylor.

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Clifford
bay/brown horse, 1890
(Bramble - Duchess, by King Fisher)

Raced 5 years, from age 2 to 7
42 wins from 62 starts, with earnings of $65,143

Bred in Tennessee by the Belle Meade Stud of Col. W.H. Jackson
Owner: Clifford Porter (Juvenile Season), Eugene Leigh and Robert Rose
Trainer: Eugene Leigh

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Pierre Manigault, great-great-grandson of Stephen Sanford, who owned Clifford as a stallion, accepts the plaque from Ed Bowen.

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Pierre Manigault talks about the history in the room, and the plans to save Sanford Stud Farm.

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Jockey Lloyd Hughes (1857 - 1925)

NIcknamed "the lightning starter" for his prowess aboard 2-year-olds, Hughes made his riding debut in the United States in 1872 at Monmouth Park. He was the first jockey to win the Preakness Stakes three times. He also won the Belmont Stakes and the Travers Stakes, and the Dixie Handicap four years in a row (1878 - 81). Mounts included Sensation, Spinaway, and Oriole.

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Ashado
dark bay mare, 2001
(Saint Ballado - Goulash, by Mari's Book)

21 starts, 12 wins, 4 seconds, 3 thirds, earnings of $3,931,440.
2004 Champion 3-year-old filly
2005 Champion older mare

Bred in Kentucky by Aaron U. Jones & Marie D. Jones
Owner: Starlight Racing
Trainer: Todd A. Pletcher
 

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Ashado's owners Paul Saylor, left Johns Martins, center and Jack Wolf, far right receive their Ashado Hall of Fame plaque from Ed Bowen. They thanked all the people behind Ashado, including trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez.

Curlin
chestnut horse, 2004
(Smart Strike - Sherriff's Deputy, by Deputy Minister)

16 starts, 11 wins, 2 seconds, 2 thirds, and earnings of $10,501,800.
2007 Champion 3-year-old colt
2007 Horse of the Year
2008 Champion older horse
2008 Horse of the Year

Bred in Kentucky by Fares Farm Inc
Owner: Stonestreet Stables LLC
Trainer: Steven M. Asmussen

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Barbara Banke accepts the plaque from Ed Bowen for Curlin.

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Barbara Banke thanked Curlin's trainers, including Steve Asmussen, as well as the pony Poncho. And, she honored her late husband Jess Jackson, who loved Curlin. She said that horse racing is a sport for dreamers, and related how she watched 2-year-old colt Jess's Dream (Curlin - Rachel Alexandra) train that morning.

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Retired trainer Gary Jones accepts the plaque from Ed Bowen and Chris McCarron. Chris McCarron said he wanted to personally thank Gary Jones for giving him rides, and that it was about time that he was in the Hall of Fame.

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Gary Jones thanked his wife, who was a good claim and blue hen producer, and also his foreman Rafael Becerra.

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Jockey Alex Solis, right receives his official Hall of Fame jacket from Hall of Fame Jockey Lafitt Pincay Jr., as Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron shows his approval.

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Hi-fives all around for Alex Solis, with Chris McCarron and Lafitt Pincay Jr.

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Jockey Alex Solis thanked the horses, his friends, family, agents, and trainers, and he especially thanked the Panamanians who had come before him, including Laffit Pincay Jr. He related how he left Panama with $700, and ended up in the Hall of Fame.

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Alex Solis is in demand after his induction into the Hall of Fame.

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