Islander Wally Hennessey named to Harness Racing Hall of Fame

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Charlottetown native Wally Hennessey

Charlottetown native Wally Hennessey is among the 2014 class of inductees for the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

A total of 14 horses and people were named Tuesday for election into the Hall of Fame.   

The induction ceremony will be held Aug. 6 at the Mississauga Convention Centre.

Hennessey, now a resident of Coconut Grove, Fla., has more than 8,500 victories to his credit and has banked earnings in excess of $57 million in standardbred racing.

During the early stages of his career, Hennessey re-wrote the record books setting new standards in both wins and earnings. 

In the late 1990s, he enjoyed success with the trotter Moni Maker, a winner of $5.5 million and numerous stakes including the Nat Ray in three different years, the Hambletonian Oaks and Breeders Crown.  

Throughout his career, Hennessey has been remarkably consistent, winning at least 200 races in each of the last 25 years, and driving horses to earnings in excess of $1 million for 24 straight years. 

In the summer of 2007, Hennessey was inducted into the Living Hall of Fame in Goshen, New York.

Wando, the last thoroughbred to win the Canadian Triple Crown, was also named for induction.

Wando captured the 2003 Triple Crown and retired with 11 wins in 23 career starts and $2.5 million in earnings. Wando, owned by Hall of Famer Gustav Schickedanz of Schomberg, Ont., died in January at the age of 14.

Robert Landry, twice Canada’s top jockey who has amassed over 2,000 wins and $69 million in earnings over a 29-year career, headlined the list of seven individuals named for induction.

Others include Argentine-born trainer Horatio Luro (three-time Queen’s Plate winner) and breeders W. (Bill) D. Graham of Windhaven Farms and Arthur W. Stollery of Angus Glen Farms.

Wando headlined the list of 14 horses selected. A

Also named were filly Apelia (Canada’s ’93 champion sprinter) and standardbreds Rocknroll Hanover (over $3 million in earnings, sired winners of $60.7 million) and Dreamfair Eternal (’10 Canadian horse of the year, 56 wins, over $2.5 million in earnings).

 

 

 

Organizations: Mississauga Convention Centre.Hennessey, Moni Maker

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Coconut Grove, Canada Goshen, New York Schomberg

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