Racing Hall of Fame announces finalists



SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Trainer Roger Attfield and thoroughbreds Ashado, Ghostzapper, Housebuster and Xtra Heat are first-time finalists for the National Racing Museum’s Hall of Fame.

This year’s other finalists include jockeys Calvin Borel, Garrett Gomez, Alex Solis and John Velazquez, and trainer Robert Wheeler. The group was announced on Friday.

The four candidates with the highest vote totals will be elected. Results will be announced April 23.

Attfield has saddled 1,727 winners and has career purse earnings of more than $88 million. He has trained three Canadian Triple Crown winners; Izvestia, With Approval and Peteski. He won the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf last year with Perfect Shirl.

Borel is the only jockey to win the Kentucky Derby three times in four years.