May 30, 2006
Hanford, Boland, Cougar II in Hall of Fame
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Trainer Carl Hanford, jockey Bill
Boland and turf champion Cougar II were elected to the National
Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame on Tuesday.
The trio, who will be inducted on August 7, were elected by
the Saratoga organization's Historic Review Committee, which
considers nominees who have not been active in racing for 25
Hanford, 90, is best known for training Kelso, a five-times
Horse of the Year.
Kelso retired in 1966 after winning 39 of 63 starts.
He won the prestigious Jockey Club Gold Cup, then run at
two miles, five years in a row. His career earnings record of
$1,977,896 stood until 1979 when it was broken by Affirmed.
Boland, 72, rode 1,980 winners from 16,639 mounts,
including the 1950 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes as a
16-year-old apprentice aboard Middleground.
The Texan, who had career earnings of $14 million, also won
the 1966 Belmont on Amberoid.
Mary Jones Bradley purchased the Chilean-bred Cougar II on
the advice of her trainer, Hall of Famer Charlie Whittingham.
The son of Tale of Two Cities out of the Madara mare Cindy
Lou became the first foreign-bred millionaire in U.S. racing
when he won the Century Handicap at Hollywood Park on May 5,
He completed his career with an overall record of 20-7-17
in 50 starts and earnings of $1,162,725.
None of the 12 finalists in the contemporary racing
categories qualified for induction by receiving at least 75
percent of the votes cast.