The Living Horse Hall of Fame nominating committee of the United States Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame has announced the results of recent balloting to determine the 2021 inductees into the Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame.
Museum members voted for the three horses they felt best exemplified greatness. Their choices are racehorses Chapter Seven and Father Patrick, and race mare Peaceful Way. The other nominees were Andover Hall, Mission Brief and Yankee Glide.
CHAPTER SEVEN, 4, 1:50.1 ($1,954,966) 2008
(Windsongs Legacy – La Riviera Lindy – Dream Vacation)
Chapter Seven, 2012 Dan Patch Horse of the Year, was foaled on April 2, 2008, in Cream Ridge, New Jersey. The world champion trotter’s lifetime race record is 28-20-4-1 with total career earnings of $1,954,966.
In 2010, two-year-old Chapter Seven finished on the board in all of his eight starts, winning seven and earning $211,549. Victories included two legs and the final of the New Jersey Sire Stakes, the Harold Dancer Memorial and the Matron Stakes (in a stakes record 1:55.2f).
In his three-year-old season, Chapter Seven earned $720,392 while winning five of 10 races, including the elimination and final of the Breeders Crown, the Stanley Dancer Memorial, Bluegrass, and Matron Stake elimination.
As a four-year-old in 2012, Chapter Seven won eight of 10 with two second-place finishes (Maple Leaf Trot, Credit Winner), while recording 4 sub-1:51 miles. Chapter Seven opened his season with back-to-back world record miles, winning in 1:50.4 in both the Titan Cup Prep and Titan Cup. He went on to victories in his second Breeders Crown, the Nat Ray (in a world record 1:50.1), Maxie Lee Memorial (setting a stakes record 1:52.1), the Allerage and the American-National. Chapter Seven earned $1,023,025 and was voted 2012 Dan Patch Horse of the Year, Trotter of the Year and Older Trotting Horse of the Year.
As a stallion with five crops racing, Chapter Seven has sired winners of over $28 million, including 2018 Trotter of the Year, 2018 Dan Patch Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year and 2019 Dan Patch and O’Brien Older Trotting Mare, world champion Atlanta 4, 1:49.1 ($2,450,203), winner of the 2018 Hambletonian and Kentucky Futurity, 2019 Graduate and 2020 Maple Leaf Trot; and 2018 Dan Patch Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year, world champion Gimpanzee 4, 1:50 ($2,438,575), winner of the 2018 Breeders Crown, 2019 Breeders Crown and Yonkers Trot, and 2020 Breeders Crown, Hambletonian Maturity and John Cashman Memorial.
FATHER PATRICK, 3, 1:50.2f ($2,558,133) 2011
(Cantab Hall – Gala Dream – Enjoy Lavec)
Foaled on March 12, 2011, in Versailles, Kentucky, two-time world champion trotter Father Patrick has a lifetime race record of 33-23-6-0.
In 2013, two-year-old Father Patrick won 10 of his 11 starts with one second-place finish, earning $744,057. Victories included the Breeders Crown, William Wellwood and Peter Haughton Memorial. In his Breeders Crown elimination, Father Patrick set the still-standing world record 1:52.1 for two-year-old trotting colts on a five-eighths-mile track. The second-leading money winning two-year-old of 2013, he was voted Dan Patch and O’Brien Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year.
Three-year-old Father Patrick finished on the board in 15 of 17 starts while earning $1,693,081, the most of any Standardbred in 2014. Major victories included the Breeders Crown in a stakes record 1:51.4, Canadian Trotting Classic, Beal Memorial in a world record 1:50.2 for three-year-old trotters on a five-eighths-mile track, Zweig Memorial, Stanley Dancer Memorial, Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship and American-National. Father Patrick was voted 2014 Dan Patch Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year.
In 2015, four-year-old Father Patrick had one victory in five starts – the Maxie Lee.
As a stallion with three crops racing, Father Patrick has sired winners of over $11.5 million with two millionaires: 2019 Dan Patch Trotter of the Year and Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the year Greenshoe 3, 1:49.4 ($1,353,772), winner of the 2019 Kentucky Futurity and Zweig Memorial; and 2019 Breeders Crown and 2020 Kentucky Futurity winner, world champion Amigo Volo 3, 1:51 ($1,206,369).
PEACEFUL WAY 4, 1:51.4 ($2,746,240) 2001
(Angus Hall – Royal Bait – Royal Prestige)
Foaled on Feb. 27, 2001, in Arva, Ontario, world champion trotting mare Peaceful Way garnered a career race record of 52-33-3-2 and earnings of $2,746,240. She retired as the third-leading North American money winning trotting mare of all time, behind Moni Maker and Peace Corps.
In her 2003 freshman season, Peaceful Way finished on the board in nine out of 10 starts with eight wins and earnings of $733,726. Major victories included the Goldsmith Maid, Oakville and Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final. The season’s leading two-year-old money winning trotter, Peaceful Way was voted O’Brien Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year.
Three-year-old Peaceful Way won 11 of 15 starts with one second-place finish and earnings of $601,762 – second among trotting fillies in 2004. Victories included the Delvin Miller Memorial, Ontario SBOA Trotting Stakes and Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final. Peaceful Way was voted O’Brien Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year.
As a four-year-old in 2005, Peaceful Way earned $660,804, with nine wins in 10 starts. Major victories included the Breeders Crown, Armbro Flight, American-National and Classic Oaks, where she tied the world record of 1:51.4 for four-year-old trotting mares on a mile track. Peaceful Way was voted 2005 Dan Patch and O’Brien Older Trotting Mare of the Year.
In 2006, five-year-old Peaceful Way’s victories included the Maple Leaf Trot, Armbro Flight and Matchmaker. In addition to $709,763 in earnings, she received her second consecutive Dan Patch and O’Brien Older Trotting Mare of the Year Award.
Standardbreds are eligible for nomination to harness racing’s highest accolade if they comply with the following criteria:
AS A RACEHORSE
• Must be retired from racing for two years.
• Must have won $2.5 million lifetime and two Dan Patch Awards, $3 million lifetime, or been named Dan Patch Harness Horse of the Year.
Horses over the age of 12 that are still racing and meet the criteria are also eligible.
AS A RACE MARE
• Must be retired from racing for two years.
• Must have won $1.5 million lifetime and two Dan Patch Awards, $2.5 million lifetime, or been named Dan Patch Harness Horse of the Year.
Mares over the age of 12 that are still racing and meet the criteria are also eligible.
AS A STALLION
• Must rank among the 10 all-time leading money winning sires at his gait, have sired at least 100 $200,000 winners, or have been the leading money winning sire at his gait in three or more seasons.
Chapter Seven, Father Patrick and Peaceful Way will be inducted on Hall of Fame Day, Sunday, July 4, 2021, along with the class of 2020: Always B Miki, Bee A Magician, Sweet Lou, Danae and Precious Beauty. The ceremonies honouring these extraordinary Standardbred horses will take place during the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame’s annual dinner. For information on the Hall of Fame weekend and other festivities surrounding this important occasion, visit www.harnessmuseum.com from April 2021 onward, or contact the Museum via mail at at 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924, or via phone at 845.294.6330.
(Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame)