Trainer Roger Attfield and champions Ghostzapper and Ashado are among the five first-time finalists and 10 candidates overall announced Friday that comprise the National Museum of Racing's 2012 Hall of Fame ballot.
Champions Housebuster and Xtra Heat are also among the first-time finalists. That group will be on the ballot along with jockeys Calvin Borel, Garrett Gomez, Alex Solis and John Velazquez, and trainer Robert Wheeler, all of whom were finalists in 2011.
Hall of Fame voters may select as many candidates as they believe are worthy of induction to the Hall of Fame. The four candidates with the highest vote totals will be elected.
The finalists were selected by the Hall of Fame's 16-member Nominating Committee from a total of 82 candidates suggested throughout the year by turf journalists, Thoroughbred industry participants and racing fans.
To be eligible, trainers must have been active for 25 years, and jockeys must have been active for 20 years. Thoroughbreds must have been retired for five years. All candidates must have been active within the past 25 years. A separate Historic Review Committee is assigned to consider candidates whose careers were completed more than 25 years ago.
The results of the voting on contemporary candidates will be announced on April 23. The induction ceremony will be held at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion in Saratoga Springs on Aug. 10.
Borel, Gomez and Velazquez were all on the ballot for the first time last season when no jockey gained election.
In the age of dwindling career starts, Ghostzapper could set a standard if he is elected. The son of Awesome Again made just 11 career starts over four seasons including just four starts during his 2004 Horse of the Year campaign.