Five newcomers and five returning finalists comprise the National Museum of
Racing's 2012 Hall of Fame ballot. The first-time finalists are trainer Roger
Attfield and Thoroughbreds Ashado, Ghostzapper, Housebuster, and Xtra Heat. They
join jockeys Calvin Borel, Garrett Gomez, Alex Solis, and John Velazquez, and
trainer Robert Wheeler, all of whom were finalists in 2011.
Hall of Fame voters may select as many candidates as they believe are worthy
of induction to the Hall of Fame. The four candidates with the highest vote
totals will be elected.
The finalists were selected by the Hall of Fame's 16-member Nominating
Committee from a total of 82 candidates suggested throughout the year by turf
journalists, Thoroughbred industry participants, and racing fans. To be
eligible, trainers must have been active for 25 years, and jockeys must have
been active for 20 years. Thoroughbreds must have been retired for five years.
All candidates must have been active within the past 25 years. A separate
Historic Review Committee is assigned to consider candidates whose careers were
completed more than 25 years ago.