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Horse Racing Hall of Fame expands eligibility criteria

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is seeking nominations for a few good horses and a few good horse people. And in an attempt to recognize those who have made a significant impact on racing across Canada, the Hall of Fame has expanded its eligibility criteria.

New nomination categories for the 2013 inductees include Veteran People, which will recognize those whose careers and impacts on racing took place a minimum of 20 years ago, and Communication, which provides the opportunity to recognize those, living or deceased, who have told the story of horse racing in Canada such as broadcasters, announcers, writers and photographers, among others.

The new categories are in addition to the existing Veteran Horses, Male Horse, Female Horse, Builder and People (jockeys, drivers and trainers) classes.

The categories are welcome additions, said Jim Bannon and Tom Cosgrove, co-chairs of the thoroughbred nomination and election committees.

“Canadian horse racing will benefit greatly from the Hall’s new and more embracing eligibility initiative, which welcomes those horses and people who have significantly enriched the fabric of the sport in our country,” they said.

The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6. Nominations can be mailed or hand delivered to: Chair of the Nomination Committee, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, 555 Rexdale Blvd., P.O. Box 156, Toronto, ON, M9W 5L2. They can also be emailed to admin@horseracinghalloffame.com.

The final list of 2013 inductees will be announced on Tues., Apr. 9.

For more on the nomination process, visit www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com.

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