SARATOGA SPRINGS — Fernando Toro, who was officially inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame on Aug. 4, will be presented his Hall of Fame plaque and jacket in a special ceremony at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, California, on Saturday, Aug. 19.
Toro, 82, a resident of Carlsbad, Calif., was unable to attend the traditional induction ceremony in Saratoga Springs. He will be recognized at Del Mar after the running of the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks, a race Toro won twice during his outstanding career. Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay, Jr. will present Toro with his plaque and jacket in the Del Mar winner’s circle. The event will include a tribute video featuring Toro’s career highlights.
“The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame would like to thank the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club for helping us recognize Fernando in such a special way at a track where he had so many of the moments that led to his election to the Hall of Fame,” Brien Bouyea, the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame and Communications Director said in a statement. “It will be wonderful to see Fernando presented his Hall of Fame plaque and jacket by the iconic Laffit Pincay, Jr. with so many of his family members and friends able to be there in person.”
A native of Santiago, Chile, Toro won 3,555 races with purse earnings of $56,299,765 during his North American riding career from 1966 through 1990.