Thoroughbred trainer David Whiteley was one of 10 finalists on the National Museum of Racing’s 2015 Hall of Fame ballot, as selected by the Museum’s Hall of Fame Nominating Committee.
Whiteley, the son of the late Camden resident and Hall of Fame trainer Frank Whiteley Jr., was one of two trainers included among the finalists. King Leatherbury is the other conditioner on the ballot.
The late Chris Antley, who grew up in Elloree, was one of four jockeys nominated along with Victor Espinoza, Corey Nakatani and Craig Perret. A quartet of Thoroughbreds -- Black Tie Affair, Kona Gold, Lava Man and Xtra Heat -- round out the list of 10.
Whiteley, 70, trained the champions Revidere, Waya and Just A Game and won 678 races in a career that spanned from 1970 through 1995. He won 33 percent of his starts (678-for-2,068) and had purse earnings of $11,837,823. Whiteley won 45 graded stakes races and 62 overall stakes. He won the 1979 Belmont Stakes with Coastal, thwarting the Triple Crown hopes of Spectacular Bid.
With Revidere (1976 Champion 3-Year-Old Filly), Whiteley won the Coaching Club American Oaks, Ruffian Handicap, Monmouth Oaks, Cotillion Handicap and Gazelle Handicap. Whiteley won the Flower Bowl, Diana Handicap, Man o’ War, Aqueduct Turf Classic, Santa Ana Handicap, Edgemere Handicap, Top Flight Handicap, Saratoga Cup and Beldame with Waya (1979 Champion Older Female). With Just A Game (1980 Champion Female Turf Horse), Whiteley won the Diana, Flower Bowl, Matchmaker, Orchid Handicap, New York Handicap, Suwannee River Handicap and La Prevoyante Handicap. Other notables trained by Whiteley included Highland Blade, Tiller, French Colonial, Instrument Landing and Bailjumper.
The finalists were selected by the Hall of Fame’s 14-member Nominating Committee from a total of 68 initial candidates suggested by turf journalists, Thoroughbred industry participants and racing fans. To be eligible, trainers must have been active for 25 years, while jockeys must have been active for 20 years. Thoroughbreds are required to be retired for five calendar years before becoming eligible. All candidates must have been active within the past 25 years. The 20- and 25-year requirements for jockeys and trainers, respectively, may be waived, but a five-year waiting period is then observed before they become eligible. Candidates not active within the past 25 years are eligible through the Historic Review process.
The results of the voting on contemporary candidates will be announced on Monday, April 20. The induction ceremony will be held in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Aug. 7.