Jockey Garrett Gomez and trainer Steve Asmussen, along with two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, are among 10 finalists named to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame ballot.
The late Chris Antley, Craig Perret and Alex Solis are the other jockeys chosen as finalists. Trainer Gary Jones and thoroughbreds Ashado, Kona Gold and Xtra Heat are the others on the ballot.
Voters may select as many candidates as they like, and the four with the highest vote totals will be elected. Results will be announced April 25, and the induction ceremony will be Aug. 8 in Saratoga Springs.
Gomez has 13 Breeders’ Cup victories, and led North American riders in earnings every year from 2006-09.
Antley, who died in 2000, won the Kentucky Derby twice and the Preakness once while totaling $92 million in purse earnings during a career that began in 1983.
Perret won the Kentucky Derby in 1990 and the Belmont Stakes in 1987. He totaled 4,415 career victories.
Solis won the 1986 Preakness and has 4,980 career wins, including three Breeders’ Cup races.
Asmussen has won 6,703 races to rank second all-time among trainers. He has two Eclipse Awards as the nation’s leading trainer. He trained Curlin to Horse of the Year honors in 2007 and 2008, and filly Rachel Alexandra to Horse of the Year in 2009.
Jones won 1,465 races and had purse earnings of $52 million during his career from 1975 to 1996.
Ashado won 12 of her 21 career starts with purse earnings of $3.9 million. She was named champion 3-year-old female in 2004 and champion older female in 2005.
Kona Gold won 14 of 30 career starts with earnings of $2.2 million. He won the Eclipse Award for champion sprinter and was runner-up for Horse of the Year in 2000 when he won the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
Xtra Heat won 26 of 35 career starts with earnings of $2.3 million. She was named champion 3-year-old filly in 2001.