Three San Antonio giants in horse racing were inducted Saturday night into the Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame at an event at Retama Park in Selma, 1200 WOAI news reports.
Among those inducted was the late oilman Arthur Seeligson, Jr. Seeligson bred and raced Avatar, which won the 1975 Belmont Stakes and Santa Anita Derby, and ran second n the Kentucky Derby. He was also a co-owner of Hialeah Park Race Track in Florida. Seeligson was also the cousin of San Antonio Congressman Lamar Smith.
Also inducted is Tami Purcell Burkland, who is a pioneer female jockey, and still the only woman to ride the winner in the All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs, the richest Quarter Horse race for two year olds in North America.
Veterinarian and breeder of American Quarter Horses Dr. Glenn Blodgett was also inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Three horses were also inducted into the Hall of Fame, as was the late Jeff Coady, a photographer who spent decades photographing the Winners Circle at tracks across the country.