Raines has eyes trained on Hall Baltimore trainer braces for his second shot on ballot

March 08, 1993|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

Buddy Raines is optimistic he will make it into horse racing's Hall of Fame.

His name was put on the ballot for the first time last year, "and somebody [a member of the selection committee] told me I just missed," he said.

Flint S. "Scotty" Schulhofer was chosen in the trainer category in 1992.

When the list of nominees for the 1993 selection process is released today, Raines will be back on for another try.

"The problem is that a lot of voters don't remember the good horses I trained, like Open Fire [co-champion handicap mare in 1966], Greek Money [winner of the 1962 Preakness] and Cochise. I guess in the broad scheme of things, they were second stringers," Raines said.

"But they sure were good to me and Donnie Ross [their owner]."

Lately, Raines, 80, has been making it a habit to win at least one Maryland Million race each year, although his two-time winner, Timely Warning, lost in a photo finish to Reputed Testamony last September in the Maryland Million Classic.

Raines has won four Maryland Million races and is in Aiken, S.C., cranking up 8-year-old Timely Warning for another campaign.

"I'll be bringing him up to run in the Jennings Handicap [at Pimlico on April 17]," Raines said.

Raines is one of two nominees in the trainers category with a Maryland connection. The other is Tommy Kelly, who was born in Baltimore and grew up near Pimlico Race Course.

Kelly, who bases his operation in New York, has trained 62 stakes winners and has three sons that are trainers.

Steve Cauthen, who has been a champion jockey in both the United States and England and won the 1978 Triple Crown on Affirmed, is one of five riders being considered.

The other four are Eddie Delahoussaye and Jacinto Vasquez, who have ridden more than 5,000 winners each, and Don Brumfield and Eddie Maple, who have ridden more than 4,000 winners each.

Among the horses nominated are Bald Eagle and Fort Marcy, both double winners of the Budweiser International at Laurel.

Only a few rules govern the selection process. A trainer must have trained thoroughbreds for at least 25 years to be nominated. A jockey must have ridden thoroughbreds for 15 years to be nominated. A thoroughbred horse must be retired for five years to be nominated. Thoroughbred horses from the Yesteryear group must have raced before World War II.

A panel of 100 turf writers from all parts of the country participates in the voting. The winners are announced April 19.

The induction ceremony is Aug. 5 at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame at Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

NOTES: Raines had two 2-year-olds ready to start Saturday in the Aiken Trials, "but we've had a coughing epidemic down here and both of mine are sick," Raines said. Joe De Francis, president of Laurel-Pimlico, and Lenny Hale, vice president of racing, will be in Aiken this weekend for the Trials. . . . Eight overnight stakes races have been added to the schedule for the Pimlico meet, which starts March 25. Each of the races carries a $35,000 purse. "They satisfy certain categories of horses that may not be fully addressed by the regular schedule and can serve as preps for major stakes," Hale said.

1993 Hall of Fame nominations

Trainers

Thomas J. Kelly, Willard Proctor, Virgil W. "Buddy" Raines, Melvin Stute, Robert L. Wheeler

Jockeys

Don Brumfield, Steve Cauthen, Eddie Delahoussaye, Eddie Maple, Jacinto Vasquez

( Modern horses (male) Alysheba, Bald Eagle, Exceller, Fort Marcy, Riva Ridge

Modern horses (female) Bold N' Determined, La Prevoyante, Mom's Command, Personal Ensign, Ta Wee

( Horses of yesteryear Black Maria, Cavalcade, Chance Play, Crusader, Eight Thirty

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