New Jersey-bred Hall of Fame created

The Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association of New Jersey (TBA) is pleased to announce the creation of the New Jersey-bred Hall of Fame at Monmouth Park.  The first class of inductees will be honored at Monmouth 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, New York. 


“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 Monmouth Park,” said TBA President, Nona Balaban.  “The Monmouth Park Charity Fund has been assisting Monmouth 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 Monmouth 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 Monmouth 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 New Jersey.”


The Inductees:


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 Navarre 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 Saratoga 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 Louisville 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 near 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 Alabama.  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 Twilight Ridge.


Open Mind was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 201


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