Under the direction of its executive committee, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame recently conducted a review of voting procedures for election to the Hall of Fame. The only change adopted was the reduction of the number of candidates in each category from five finalists to three.
Maintained from the procedures introduced last year were the requirement that a candidate receive "yes" votes on at least 75 percent of the ballots cast and the criterion that only the one receiving the highest total would be elected to the Hall of Fame in each category. The four categories affected are Jockey, Trainer, Contemporary Male Horse, and Contemporary Female Horse.
Under the new procedure approved by the executive board of the museum's trustees, voters will be able to vote "yes" or "no" on each one of the finalists.
In cases of exact mathematical ties, no tie-breaker will be employed and multiple inductees will be honored.
The Historic Review Committee will meet in 2006 to consider the nominations of horses, jockeys and trainers whose last races came 25 years or longer ago.
The Hall of Fame class of 2006 will be announced during the final week of May and the induction will be held on Monday, Aug. 7 in Saratoga Springs, New York, where the National Museum of Racing is located.