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Hanford, Boland & Cougar II To US Hall-Of-Fame
Two years after the US Racing Hall-Of-Fame changed its rules to require candidates receive 75% Yes votes for induction, it "will not accept any contemporary inductees for the first time in its history," reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Champions Inside Information, Manila, Silverbulletday, Silver Charm & Sky Beauty "were among the horses that failed to receive affirmative votes from 75% of the voters"; 6-time Gr1 winner Best Pal, jockeys Eddie Maple, Craig Perret & Alex Solis & trainers Mel Stute, Jon Veitch & Robert Wheeler "also fell short". The Historic Review Committee (which meets in even-numbered years) voted to induct past greats Carl Hanford (who trained Kelso to an unprecedented 5 straight Horse-Of-The-Year awards between 1960-64), Bill Boland (who rode Middleground to win the 1950 Gr1 Kentucky Derby & Gr1 Belmont Stakes, & Amberoid to win the 1966 Gr1 Belmont Stakes) & Cougar II (the Chilean-bred who won 20 of 50 starts & earned US$1,162,725 to become the 1st foreign-bred millionaire in American racing) at the August 7 ceremony in Saratoga Springs in New York.