2011 NATIONAL MUSEUM OF RACING's Hall of Fame INDUCTION CEREMONY
The distinguished 2011 class included veteran trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, along with contemporary fillies SKY BEAUTY, OPEN MIND and SAFELY KEPT. Also inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Historic Review Committee were jockey Shelby Pike Barnes - the first rider to top 200 wins in a single year (1888); trainer Matthew Byrnes - best known for his association with Hall of Fame runners such as PAROLE, SALVATOR and FIRENZE and the runner DUKE OF MAGENTA - whose marquee victories included the 1878 Preakness, Belmont, Travers, Withers and Jerome.
Northern California's racing scene has been dominated by Hollendorfer for almost 30 years. He is the trainer of Eclipse Award winner BLIND LUCK, the top three-year-old filly of 2010 who finished second in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic. Hollendorfer enters the Hall of Fame with 5,990 career victories with earnings surpassing $123 million.
"You can never expect in life to be put in the Hall of Fame so I'm quite humbled and very grateful", Hollendorfer said. "I am going to try to continue to do the things I've been doing all these years, and try to live up to being put in the Hall of Fame with all the other great people."
In a four-year career, SKY BEAUTY earned more than $1.3 million with 15 wins in 21 starts. The filly won the 1993 Alabama at Saratoga and swept the New York Filly Triple Crown of the Acorn, Mother Goose and Coaching Club American Oaks. SKY BEAUTY was owned by Georgia Hoffman and trained by Allen Jerkens.
SAFELY KEPT and OPEN MIND were both two-year-olds in 1988, when the former won the Eclipse Award as champion filly. SAFELY KEPT also won the 1989 Eclipse Award as champion sprinter for owners Barry Weisbord and Richard Santulli. Trained by Alan Goldberg, the champion female won 24 of 31 lifetime starts for nearly $2.2 million.
OPEN MIND won the 1988 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and swept the New York Filly Triple Crown the following year. Owned by Eugene Klein and trained by D. Wayne Lukas, OPEN MIND ended her career with 11 stakes victories and earnings of $1,844,372.
The mission of the Official National Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame is to honor the achievements of those horses, jockeys, and trainers whose records and reputations have withstood the difficult test of time. The National Museum of Racing was incorporated in historic Saratoga Springs, New York, in 1950. In 1955 the Museum moved to its present site on Union Avenue, and the Hall of Fame was created to recognize and honor deserving horses, jockeys, and trainers. Over the years the selection process and criteria have been fine-tuned, but the Hall of Fame remains devoted to the original three categories. As of Hall of Fame Day 2011, members include 190 Thoroughbreds, 94 jockeys, and 90 trainers. All are racing heroes.
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