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our horses and four people winner in the U.S. for trainer James Sovereign Award champions include series Da Vinci’s Inquest.
will be honoured at the Hall of Day and when she retired follow- Rare Friends, Simply Lovely and Win For more information contact:
Fame Induction Ceremony on Thurs- day, August 28 at the Mississauga Convention Centre.
ing the 1993 season, her earnings of almost $1.5 million placed her second amongst females in Canada, behind her high-pro-
City, Horse of the Year in 2001. Some of his other stakes winners include Near the High Sea, Domasca Dan,
Louis Cauz, Managing Director (416) 675-3993, x2399
The class of 2008 features two of Sam-Son Farms’ brilliant thoroughbred performers of the 1990s, Smart Strike and Wilderness Song, along with standardbred horses Peaceful Way, the Queen of trotting, and pacing superstar and stallion Real Desire.
Elated Guy, Twisted Wit and Dave the Knave. Prior to the 2008 season Tiller had 1,458 victories and 108 stakes wins.
Did you know....
That the Triple Crown races in England are the Guineas, Derby/Oaks and the St. Leger.
The 1000/2000 Guineas ( llies/ colts) are run over a straight mile
at Newmarket on the  rst week-
end of May, while the Derby is run over the over 12f in early June at Epsom Downs, where this undulating unique course tests a horses stamina, balance and physical/mental ability to the maximum. The trio is completed with the  nal Classic, the St. Leger in September over 14f.
The last horse to win the Triple Crown was none other than Nijinsky, who took these three races in 1970 when ridden by Lester Piggot.
The people inductees include mul- tiple Sovereign Award winning trainer Robert P. (Bob) Tiller, Louis E. Cauz, Managing Director of the Hall of Fame and Woodbine Entertainment’s Archivist and Historian, Quebec-based breeder Pierre Levesque and the late Cliff Chapman, former publisher
of The Canadian Sportsman. The newest inductees were elected by the respective 20-person thoroughbred and standardbred Election Committees.
 le champion stable mate, Dance Smartly. Wilderness Song holds the distinction of becoming Sam-Son Farms’  rst Group One stakes winner when she captured the Spinster
Author of the Sovereign Award winning book,
The Plate: A Royal Tradition, Louis Cauz was a journalist with The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star and CBC television and radio before taking on the task in 1996
Smart Strike gained international recognition in 2007 when he set a single-season record for earnings by his progeny of more than $14 million. Now 16 years of age, and standing
Trainer Robert Tiller
Historian Louis Cauz
Robert Tiller was elected in the Persons (trainers/jockeys) category. During a four-year period (2001 to 2004) Tiller was voted Canada’s outstanding trainer three times.
A native of Amsterdam, Hol- land, Tiller’s lengthy training career began in 1972 and he enjoyed instant success, winning 21 races. For 19 years, Tiller has ranked in the top  ve trainers in wins at Woodbine and has won 50 or more races for seven con- secutive years. Initially, Tiller won the admiration of horse people for his claiming acumen. Yet one of his most noted skills to emerge has been acquir- ing inexpensive yearlings and develop- ing them into signi cant achievers. His
of coordinating the building and design- ing of The Canadian Horse Racing Hall
of Fame at Wood- bine racetrack. He also developed the archives as a resource for both Woodbine
at Keeneland in 1991. The daughter of Wild Again, was Canada’s Champion Older Mare in 1992 and won stakes at Monmouth, Pimlico, Keeneland, Churchill Downs, Woodbine and Fort Erie, winning 15 times and was in the money in 29 of
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at stud at Lane’s End in Versailles, Ky., Smart Strike dominated the sire lists last year when Curlin won the Breeders’ Cup Classic and was named U.S. Horse of the
her 37 career starts. Now 20 years of age, Wilderness Song is the dam of Go To The Sun, third in the 2004 Sum- mer Stakes.
and the thoroughbred and standardbred racing industries. Cauz, who is 75 and a member of the Etobicoke Sports
Hall of Fame, has had a long and signi cant involvement in the racing industry in Canada, spanning over 40 years. In 1973 he was among a group of horsemen who conceived the idea of creating a Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.
Year. Curlin also won the
Dubai World Cup in 2008. Smart Strike’s numerous graded stakes winners included another
Breeders’ Cup champion, English Channel. A son of Mr. Prospector and a half-brother to Hall of Fame champion  lly Dance Smartly, Smart Strike won six of his  rst seven starts and was trained by Mark Frostad for the late Ernie Samuel. He was retired after suffering a leg fracture while preparing for the Durham Cup at Woodbine.
The Gala Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will be held on Thursday, August 28, at the Mississauga Con- vention Centre. Guest speaker will be noted actor Nicholas Campbell, who played the lead
For three consecutive years Wilderness Song was a graded stakes
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