Ceremony honours track legends
FORMER champion jockey Rod Kemp, who was named Perth’s leading jockey for four consecutive years between 1983 and 1987, was inducted into the West Australian Racing Industry Hall of Fame on Thursday night.
Affectionately dubbed ‘Rocket’, Kemp won 11 Group 1 races, including two Australian derbies, the 1984 Railway Stakes and the 1984 Perth Cup.
Kemp’s career was cruelly cut short following an ugly fall at Belmont Park in 1987 which left him partially paralysed, but his legend has endured.
Star pacer Im Themightyquinn was also inducted.
The track legend only retired from racing two years ago.
Prepared by leading Serpentine trainer Gary Hall, Im Themightyquinn won three consecutive Australian Harness Horse of the Year awards between 2011 and 2013 and won almost $5 million in prize money.
He won a total of 58 races, including 14 Group 1 races.
Driver Gary Hall Jnr salutes the crowd as Im Themightyquinn wins one of his three Inter Dominion titles.