Trainers Roger Attfield and Robert Wheeler, along with jockey John Velazquez and 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper have been elected into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame. All four were elected in the contemporary category by the 183 members of the Hall of Fame voting panel.
Attfield has saddled the winners of 1,731 races, including 369 stakes and the earners of over $88 million. He has won the Sovereign Award as Canada's leading trainer eight times and has conditioned three Canadian Triple Crown winners--Izvestia, With Approval and Peteski. He has saddled a record-tying eight winners of the Queen's Plate and is a member of the Canadian Racing Hall of Fame.
Wheeler, who trained from 1938 through 1992, won 1,336 races. Working for such prominent owners as C.V. Whitney, J. Rukin Jelks, Greentree Stable and Nelson Bunker Hunt, he conditioned 56 stakes winners, including 1982 champion older female Track Robbery.
John Velazquez has ridden the winners of 4,803 races, including 733 stakes, and has earned more than $263 million. A two-time Eclipse Award winner, he has won 22 riding titles in New York and has nine Breeders' Cup wins. He captured the GI Kentucky Derby aboard Animal Kingdom a year ago and also rode Rags to Riches to victory in the 2007 GI Belmont S. From 2006 through 2011, he scored in 50 Grade I races.
Ghostzapper (Awesome Again--Baby Zip, by Relaunch) won 9 of 11 career starts and earned $3,446,120 while racing for Frank Stronach and the late trainer Bobby Frankel. During his unbeaten campaign of 2004, he won the GI Breeders' Cup Classic, GI Woodward S., GII Tom Fool H. and GIII Philip H. Iselin H. and was named champion older male and Horse of the Year. He also won the 2005 GI Metropolitan H.
The 2012 induction ceremony will be held Aug. 10 at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion in Saratoga.