Jim Bullock, Vicki Pappas and Randy Waples off to Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame

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TORONTO — Builders Jim Bullock and Vicki Pappas as well as harness driver Randy Waples were named for induction into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

Also selected for enshrinement were standardbred Great Memories, and thoroughbreds Heart to Heart and Not Too Shy.

Bullock, a resident of Erin, Ont., has spent over 30 years as harness-racing owner, breeder, stallion syndicator, track administrator and organization leader. After purchasing Glengate Farms in 1992, Bullock stood three Hall of Fame stallions in Balanced Image, Angus Hall and Apaches Fame.

While Bullock has suspended Glengate's stallion division, he remains active as a breeder. Glengate was a co-breeder of world champion JL Cruze and Hall of Fame horse Odies Fame and also bred filly Great Memories.

Bullock also served as a director with Woodbine Entertainment Group and president of the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association. He has received the Van Bussel Award and Lloyd Chisholm Achievement Award for outstanding service.

Waples, 44, of Toronto, has been named Canada's top driver three times. He won the 2012 North America Cup with Thinking Out Loud, captured the Maple Leaf Trot on three occasions and Breeders Crown victories with San Pail and Dreamfair Eternal.

He's also the all-time leading money-winning driver of races held in Canada with over 6,600 victories and $131 million in purse earnings.

Great Memories is a daughter of 2000 Hall of Fame horse Apaches Fame whose racing career was cut short due to injury as a three-year-old. Among her offspring are world champions: Warrawee Needy and Warrawee Ubeaut.

Pappas, a Montreal native now living in Streetsville, Ont., becomes the third woman named for induction into the Hall of Fame in as many years. Over her 40-plus year career, Pappas has served as a groom, trainer, owner and breeder.

In 2006 Edenwold, bred by Pappas, her husband Bill Diamant and long-time friend Gail Wood, claimed the Queen's Plate.

Heart to Heart was a $25,000 Canadian-bred yearling purchase in 2012 that captured 15 wins — including two Grade 1 Stakes events — and earned more than US$2 million.

Not Too Shy won just two races in her first year of competition (1968) but she was named Canada's champion older filly in 1970. As a five-year-old she earned six wins in 14 starts and retired with 23 career victories, including 11 stakes titles.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 13, 2021.

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