How does a horse become a member of the Living Hall of Fame?

The bylaws of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame provide for the establishment, within the Museum, of a classification for living Standardbred horses known as the Living Horse Hall of Fame. The Board of Trustees of the Museum appoints a Nominating Committee, which makes selections for candidates for election.

In July 2018, the Board of Trustees approved a revised set of Living Horse Hall of Fame eligibility criteria. Those criteria are as follows:

racehorse must be retired from racing for two years and have had a drug-free career. In addition, racehorses must have been the winner of $2.5 million lifetime WITH 2 Dan Patch Awards, OR been the winner of $3 million lifetime, OR been named Dan Patch (U.S.) Harness Horse of the Year. Horses over the age of 12 that are still racing and meet the criteria are also eligible. Committee members can also nominate a racehorse that does not meet the criteria.

race mare must be retired from racing for two years and have had a drug-free career. In addition, race mares must have been the winner of $1.5 million lifetime WITH 2 Dan Patch Awards, OR been the winner of $2.5 million lifetime, OR been named Dan Patch (U.S.) Harness Horse of the Year. Mares over the age of 12 that are still racing and meet the criteria are also eligible. Committee members can also nominate a racehorse that does not meet the criteria.

Stallions must rank among the 10 all-time leading money winning sires at their gait, OR have sired at least 100 $200,000 winners, OR been a leading money winning sire at his gait in three or more seasons.

Each year a slate of not more than six nominees is presented to the Museum’s membership. Voting is by ballot, which is sent to all members in good standing as soon as the Board of Trustees has approved the slate. Members are entitled to not more than three votes each. Completed ballots must be returned to the Museum on or before January 1st. The three horses receiving sufficient votes as specified by the Board of Trustees are the winners. Horses not receiving sufficient votes to be elected may be renominated the following year.

Annually on March 1st, a list of broodmares that have produced two Dan Patch winners, OR two millionaires, OR one Dan Patch winner and one millionaire will be assembled for the Living Horse Hall of Fame Committee to review. Committee members can also nominate a broodmare that does not meet the criteria. Each of the committee members votes for his or her top 5 broodmares, voting results are tabulated and the top two vote getters are elected to the Living Horse Hall of Fame.

Induction ceremonies take place on Hall of Fame Day, the first Sunday in July. A commemorative crystal disc is installed in the Hall of Fame in honour and recognition of each inductee. A disc is also presented to each horse’s current owner(s).

One such star of the sport and now a permanent resident of Australia,  Art Major was inducted into the hall of fame as a Racehorse and a Stallion.

Art Major is laying some serious good foundations and is clearly on track to smash all broodmare siring records going forward in this country. It will come as no surprise to some, as he is the best son of the sports greatest ever in Artsplace.

Artsplace is harness racing’s all-time leading pacing broodmare sire, as his daughters have produced the winners of over a half-billion dollars. They have 59 millionaires to their credit to date. Their offspring include the once co-fastest pacer ever, Always B Miki, Captaintreacherous, the richest pacer in history, Foiled Again and the hottest horse on the planet right now Bulldog Hanover.

Art Major’s current list of broodmare credits are below:

Tall Dark Stranger 2017 H 2,365,549 USD
Fire Start Hanover 2018 M 1,341,967 USD
Soho Tribeca 2012 H 1,103,854 AUD
Divine Caroline 2012 M 959,588 USD
Jk Will Power 2013 G 950,032 USD
Leonidas 2015 G 894,134 USD
Jk First Lady 2017 M 891,630 USD
Lakeisha Hall 2013 M 824,265 USD
Max Delight 2015 H 811,560 AUD
Big Top Hanover 2013 G 798,264 USD
American Courage 2018 H 748,072 USD
Spirit Of St Louis 2016 G 736,176 AUD
Hickfromfrenchlick 2016 H 734,897 USD
Ignatius 2014 G 733,017  USD
Melmerby Beach 2011 H 689,875 USD
Maajida 2016 M 684,518 AUD
Whichwaytothebeach 2018 G 680,712 USD
Ballerat Boomerang 2013 G 673,566 USD
Captain Barbossa 2017 G 648,969 USD
Validus Deo 2010 G 644,088 USD
No Win No Feed 2015 M 627,350 USD
Elwell 2012 G 625,013 USD
Gratian Hanover 2012 G 621,056 USD
Soto 2012 H 617,115 USD
Tough Tilly 2017 M 590,883 AUD
Big Boy Dreams 2011 H 580,146 USD
Western Hill 2014 G 561,426 USD
Best Head West 2018 M 559,956 USD
Wolf Stride 2015 G 558,650 AUD
Beautyonthebeach 2016 M 554,567 USD
Penpaperpaige 2017 M 550,151 USD
Leap To Fame 2018 H 521,412 AUD

Buying a yearling from the APG Perth sale will be a very enriching investment for some, that will see $125,000 for each 2yo division and $100,000 for each 3yo division.

Check out all of the Art Major broodmare lots that will be on site at the Magic Millions Sales Complex, 2/56 Dale Road, Middle Swan, WA on March 5.

For all your Bloodstock enquiries including the draft below please contact Dean Baring on 0459 215 333

Lot 102 Captain Crunch Laura Louise Art Major Contact Steve Johnson 0418 942 757
Lot 113 Poster Boy Lucy Frances Art Major Contact Zoe Ellis 0410 651 162
Lot 120 American Ideal Majorpride Art Major Contact Jacqueline Bowden 0448 105 635
Lot 123 Soho Tribeca Major Cover Lover Art Major Contact Colleen Linsay 0413 514 842
Lot 127 Soho Tribeca Major Flirt Art Major Contact Colleen Linsay 0413 514 842
Lot 133 Captain Crunch Our Copper Art Art Major Contact Mike Howie 0411 248 765
Lot 135 American Ideal Our Major Mama Art Major Contact Jacqueline Bowden 0448 105 635
Lot 146 Foreclosure Salacious Gossip Art Major Contact Kody Charles 0413 669 474
Lot 154 Always B Miki Soho Changeling Art Major Contact Elieen Roberts 0418 954 575
Lot 163 Always B Miki Topless Beach Girl Art Major Contact Mike Howie 0411 248 765
Lot 168 Always B Miki Whitbys Blue Iris Art Major Contact  Dr Ed Dewer 0418 940 552
Lot 173 The Storm Inside Art On The Line Art Major Contact Lisa Adams 0429 315 239
Lot 178 Poster Boy Arconite Art Major Contact Debra Lewis 0417 954 220
Lot 198 Foreclosure Essaouira Art Major Contact Kody Charles 0413 669 474
Lot 204 Stay Hungry Front Paige Adda Art Major Contact Debra Lewis 0417 954 220
Lot 205 Rock N Roll Heaven Gold Castle Art Major Contact Mick Holtham 0421 331 586