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Good Night Shirt and Willie Dowling return after winning 2008 Iroquois. Photo credit Tod Marks

Good Night Shirt, the Eclipse Award winner for Champion Steeplechase Horse in 2007 and 2008, and the late Thomas H. Voss, a five-time National Steeplechase Association champion trainer by wins and a three-time leader in earnings, have been elected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame by the Museum’s Steeplechase Review Committee.

Good Night Shirt and Voss will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday, Aug. 4 at 10:30 a.m. in a ceremony that is open to the public and free to attend at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion. The Steeplechase Review Committee meets once every four years to consider candidates. In 2013, the racehorses McDynamo and Tuscalee were inducted via the Steeplechase Review Committee.

Bred in Maryland by Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowman, Good Night Shirt (Concern—Hot Story, by Two Punch) was owned for the majority of his career by Harold A. “Sonny” Via, Jr., and trained by Jack O. Fisher. Good Night Shirt joined Fisher’s barn in 2005 after beginning his career as a flat racer. He went on to win 10 graded stakes races, including eight Grade 1s.

In 2007, Good Night Shirt won the Iroquois, Lonesome Glory and Colonial Cup — all Grade 1 events — to earn the first of his consecutive Eclipse Awards. As a 7-year-old the following year, Good Night Shirt raced exclusively in Grade 1 company. He won each of his five starts, taking in succession the Georgia Cup, Iroquois, Lonesome Glory, Grand National and Colonial Cup. Good Night Shirt’s 2008 earnings of $485,520 set a single-season record, surpassing the previous mark of $314,163, which he set in 2007.

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