The class of 2021 for the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame was introduced on April 13th. Included in the honorees are three from standardbred racing and a trio from thoroughbred racing.
Inducted on the standardbred side were builder Jim Bullock, driver Randy Waples, and female horse Great Memories. Recognized from the thoroughbred side of the sport were male horse Heart to Heart, who won a pair of stakes races at Churchill Downs, and where on May 1st, Kentucky Derby betting takes centre stage; builder Vicki Pappas; and in the thoroughbred veteran category, Not Too Shy.
The decision was made by the Hall of Fame board to limit the 2021 selections to three choices in each breed. This decision will allow for both the 2020 and 2021 inductees to be celebrated together once COVID-19 protocols permit a gala event to be held.
The Hall will make up for the 2021 shortfall of inductees by adding additional honorees in both 2022 and 2023.
Let’s take a deeper look at the contributions of each of this year’s Hall of Famers.
For more than three decades Bullock has contributed to the sport of harness racing as an owner, breeder, stallion syndicator, race track administrator and organizational leader.
Bullock’s Glengate Farms was responsible for breeding double millionaire Art Official, world champion JL Cruze, who earned in excess of $1.6 million and CHRHF inductee Odies Fame. The Glengate Farms-bred Great Memories is joining her breeder as part of the CHRHF Class of 2021.
A daughter of 2000 CHRHF inductee Apaches Fame, Great Memories saw her racing career halted at the age of three due to an injury. However, she established Hall of Fame credentials as a broodmare.
Among her foals were two world champions ‒ Warrawee Needy and Warrawee Ubeaut. Warrawee Needy was the 2011 O’Brien Award winner for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Warrawee Ubeaut won Breeders Crown titles at both two and three and was the Jugette winner as a three-year-old in 2019. She also earned the Dan Patch Award for her age and gait that year.
Part of a legendary family of horse people, Waples carved out his own place among the harness racing elite. Waples is the all-time leading money-winning driver among races that were held in Canada. He racked up more than 6,600 wins and $131 million in purse earnings from races he participated in on his native soil.
A three-time O’Brien Award as Canada’s Driver of the Year, Waples drove winners of the 2012 North America Cup, three Maple Leaf Trots, two Breeders Crown championships and two wins in the Canadian Pacing Derby. He posted 22 consecutive years of at least $1 million in earnings.
Pappas has served the horse racing industry in just about every capacity imaginable in a career that’s spanned more than four decades. She’s worked as a groom, trainer, owner and breeder. She bred 2006 Queen’s Plate winner Edenwold.
Pappas served as the face of the Woodbine Sales Company and as Woodbine’s stakes coordinator. She also performed as a handicapper on racing broadcasts from the track. Pappas is the third woman to be inducted into the CHRHF is as many years.
She’s also the chairperson of LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society, which currently cares for more than 50 retired thoroughbred race horses at their Hillsburgh, Ontario farm.
Heart To Heart
An Alberta-bred thoroughbred, Heart To Heart was a $25,000 yearling purchase that earned more than $2 million on the track.
The horse won 11 graded stakes at U.S. tracks, including three Grade 1 events. Heart To Heart was named the Sovereign Award Champion Three-Year-Old in 2014.
Not Too Shy
Bred and owned by former Toronto Maple Leafs owner Conn Smythe, himself an inductee in the CHRHF Class of 1977, Not Too Shy posted 11 stakes victories among her 23 career wins.
Her list of signature victories include triumphs in the Fury, Wonder Where, Maple Leaf, and Duchess Stakes. In the latter race, she defeated Kentucky Oaks winner Hail to Patsy. At the age of four in 1970, Not Too Shy was named Canada’s Champion Older Filly.