(Edited press release)
Natalma, the dam of Northern Dancer, and Jack McNiven, one of the leading breeders of Standardbreds in Canada, have been nominated for election into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. They were among the 15 nominees put forward by the Thoroughbred and Standardbred Nominating Committees.
Four Thoroughbreds were nominated--Lovely, L’Enjoleur, Natalma, and Quiet Resolve were nominated along with Standardbreds Bettors Delight, Cathedra and Grandpa Jim. Also nominated were trainer Andy Smithers; jockey Chris Loseth; and drivers Keith Clark, Bill Gale, and Dave Wall.
Also in the Builders’ category besides McNiven are Canadian breeders Russ and Lois Bennett and publicist/writer Bruce Walker. Nominees must receive at least 75% of the votes cast by the electors in the two breeds to be inducted. This year’s successful nominees will be announced May 22. Induction ceremonies will be held Aug. 23 at the Mississauga Convention Centre.