Breeders’ Association of New Jersey (TBA) is pleased to announce the
creation of the New Jersey-bred Hall of Fame at
Park. The first class of inductees will be honored at
Park during the New Jersey Thoroughbred Festival Presented by Malouf Auto Group on September 15, 2012.
The initial class
includes Henry of Navarre, Regret, Cavalcade, and Open Mind. These four
horses are also inducted into the National Museum
of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs,
“We are very grateful to the
Monmouth Park Charity Fund for their generous donation which will help us to establish the New Jersey-bred Hall of Fame at
Park,” said TBA President, Nona Balaban. “The Monmouth Park Charity Fund has been assisting
County nonprofit agencies in carrying out
their missions since 1947 and we are proud to be associated with this
venerable organization. Our new Hall of Fame is the product of the
joint efforts of the Charity Fund and
Park with the TBA - a great team."
“New Jersey-breds have a
long and distinguished history in Thoroughbred racing and have
performed with distinction all across the world.”
said Mike Campbell, Executive Director of the TBA. “A New Jersey-bred
Hall of Fame is long overdue and it is our hope that visitors to
Park will learn about the success that New
Jersey-bred horses have enjoyed in our industry. We look forward to
inducting more of the top New Jersey-bred horses in the Hall of Fame as
we continue to work with
Monmouth Park to preserve the equine industry in
Henry of Navarre, a foal
of 1891, was sired by Knight of Ellerslie-Moss Rose, by The Ill-Used.
Bred by Lucien O. Appleby, Henry of Navarre
was a champion at 3 and 4 and beat the best of his era. At 3 he won 13
of 20 starts including the Belmont and Travers Stakes to go along with 5
seconds and 1 third.
Following his victories
in the Belmont and Travers Stakes, Henry of Navarre met champion
2-year-old Domino in a match race which finished
in a dead heat. Three weeks later they met again, along with older
champion Clifford, to determine the championship of 1894. Henry of
Navarre won by ¾’s of a length. At 4 Henry of
was sold to August Belmont II. The chestnut colt beat Domino on tow
more occasions and carried 130 pounds to victory in the Municipal
Handicap against Clifford.
After proving to be an
unsuccessful sire, Henry of Navarre was one of six horses donated to the
U.S. Cavalry to create a national breeding
program. Henry of Navarre was inducted into the National Museum of
Racing and Hall of Fame in 1985.
Regret was born in 1912
at Harry Payne Whitney’s Brookdale Farm. Owned by her breeder, Regret
was sired by Broomstick out of the
Hamburg mare Jersey Lightning, Regret became the first horse to ever win all three races for two-year-olds at
by sweeping the Saratoga Special, Sanford Stakes and Hopeful Stakes.
The James Rowe Sr. trainee followed up on her undefeated two-year-old
season by winning the 1915 Kentucky Derby, the
first filly ever to do so. Following her victory in the Kentucky
Derby, which was her first start of the year, Regret defeated
Belmont winner, The Finn, in the Saranac.
Regret won the Kentucky
Derby when the winner’s share of the purse was $11,450 and it was
another sixty-five years before another filly
beat the boys in the most widely anticipated horse race in the world.
Genuine Risk won the
Derby in 1980. Winning Colors won it in 1988.
To show how times have changed here is a story about Regret and her travels to
as told by Harry Wells. “She worked a mile in 1:34 4/5ths over the
training track at Brookdale Farm. The next morning they walked her by
hand from Lincroft down to Red Bank, to where
the railroad car was standing. It was 5-6 miles to Red Bank. They
took turns. It was a dirt road in those days. There was a platform
there, on Wall Street, with a special ramp built just for her.”
Regret was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1957.
Cavalcade, a foal of
1931, is best known for his performances as a three-year-old when his
wins included the Kentucky Derby, the American
Derby and the Arlington Classic. Cavalcade was by Lancegaye-Hastily,
by Hurry on and was bred by F. Wallis Armstrong at his Meadow View Farm
Morristown. Bob Smith, trainer for Dodge automobile heiress Isabel Dodge Sloan, purchased Cavalcade for $1,200 as a yearling.
Mack Garner rode
Cavalcade in most of his races including the 1934 Kentucky Derby before a
crowd of 30,000. Cavalcade lost the Preakness
by a nose, getting edged out at the wire by High Quest. He was retired
in 1936 after winning 8 of 22 career starts. Cavalcade was inducted
into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1993.
Open Mind, bred by Due
Process Stables in 1986, was sired by Deputy Minister-Stage Luck, by
Stage Door Johnny. Open Mind debuted on August
15, 1988 in a New Jersey-bred maiden race at Monmouth
Park open to males
and won easily. She returned 15 days later to win the New Jersey
Breeders’ Stakes at Monmouth. Open Mind would win the 1988 Breeder’ Cup
Juvenile Fillies by 1 ¾ lengths en route to earning
the Eclipse Award as Champion two-year-old filly.
The D. Wayne Lukas
trainee followed up her championship campaign by having more success as a
three-year-old when she won her first eight
races including the Kentucky Oaks, Acorn, Mother Goose, Coaching Club
American Oaks and the
Her win in the Coaching Club American Oaks completed her sweep of the
New York Filly Triple Crown series and was received the Eclipse Award as
Champion three-year-old filly.
Open Mind was owned by
Eugene Klein, who also owned the National Football League’s San Diego
Chargers, who was no stranger to successful
horses as he owned such notables as Tank’s Prospect, Lady’s Secret,
Winning Colors, Capote, Life’s Magic, Is it True, Success Express, and
Open Mind was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 201