The Notebook April 11, 2013
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Future Triple Crown champion Citation was foaled at Calumet Farm, Lexington, Ky.
After winning seven consecutive races, Citation lost the Chesapeake Trial Stakes by a length to Saggy, but rebounded to post 16 consecutive victories, including the Triple Crown.
Jockey Sandra Schleiffers, one of the first female riders in America and a former member of the Sisters of St. Francis convent in Clinton, Iowa, won her first career race at Turf Paradise. Schleiffers subsequently became the first woman to be admitted to the Jockeys' Guild.
The Louisiana Jockey Club held its inaugural meet at Fair Grounds. The first race, a two-mile hurdle, was won by Templo.
The first Maryland race result ever decided by a photo-finish camera took place at Havre de Grace in the second race, in which a 7-1 shot named Alit, was declared the winner.
With the start of the racing season at Jamaica, New York became the last major racing state to adopt electronic parimutuel wagering, thus eliminating on-track bookmaking.
In preparation for the May 3 Kentucky Derby, Whirlaway worked 1 1/8 miles in 1:52 at Keeneland.
With many of the country's young men joining in the war effort, women exercise riders were first employed at Pimlico Racecourse.
Jerry Hollendorfer became just the sixth trainer in history to win 4,000 races.
At age 25, Kent Desormeaux became the youngest jockey to reach the 3,000-win mark when he rode Maisonaire to victory at Santa Anita Park.
Future champion filly Ruffian was foaled at Claiborne Farm, Paris, Ky.
The New York State Legislature passed a bill enabling off-track betting.
Native Dancer won his first race, at Jamaica racetrack.
Bill Veeck, promoter and president of Suffolk Downs, staged a $10,000 race featuring all female jockeys, then a novelty in racing. Called the Lady Godiva Stakes, the event attracted such riders as Diane Crump, Tuesdee Testa and Robyn Smith. It was Penny Ann Early, however, who won the race, her first career victory. The previous year, Early had attempted to ride at Churchill Downs, but the male jockeys boycotted and the race was canceled.
Jockey Pat Day guided first time starter Unbridled Time to victory in the second race at Keeneland, giving the 46-year-old a record 717 victories at the Lexington, Ky. track.
Jockey Bill Shoemaker won his first race, aboard Shafter V, at Golden Gate Fields in Albany, Calif.
Trainer Charlie Whittingham died in Pasadena, Calif., of complications from leukemia. He was 86.
Eight-year-old Exterminator won his 34th stakes victory, the Philadelphia Handicap at Havre de Grace, setting an American record.
In a surprising defeat, Secretariat finished third to stablemate Angle Light and runner-up Sham in the Wood Memorial Stakes at Aqueduct, his last start before sweeping the Triple Crown. The following day, Secretariat was found to have had an abscess in his mouth, which may have caused him discomfort while racing.
Jess Jackson, owner of Stonestreet Stables which campaigned champions Curlin and Rachel Alexandra, died at age 81 after a long battle with cancer.
Citation won his first race by 1/2-length, at Havre de Grace.
Governor Nelson Rockefeller signed a bill into law allowing off-track betting in New York.
After winning the Florida Derby at odds of 1-20, Honest Pleasure ran in the Blue Grass Stakes as the 1-10 favorite. Only win wagering was allowed on the seven-horse field. Honest Pleasure won, creating a minus win pool of $41,876.20.
Ogden Phipps, philanthropist and Thoroughbred owner and breeder, died at age 93 after a short illness. Winner of an Eclipse Award as outstanding owner and breeder in 1988 and again as outstanding owner in 1989, Phipps won nearly every major stakes race on the East Coast as an owner or breeder.
Judy Johnson was granted a license to ride in steeplechase races in Maryland, making her one of the earliest female jockeys.
Secretariat and his stablemate Angle Light were flown to Louisville, Ky., to prepare for the Kentucky Derby.
Seattle Slew won the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct Racetrack, his sixth consecutive win and his third win of the season. The race was his final prep for the May 7 Kentucky Derby.
Jockey John Velazquez won on his first three mounts of the day at Keeneland, which ran his consecutive race winning streak to eight. Velazquez had won with his final three mounts two days earlier at Keeneland, then he went on to win with both his mounts the following day at Hawthorne. Velazquez's streak ended when he finished fifth on his fourth and last mount of the day at Keeneland on April 24. The North American record for consecutive wins by a jockey is nine, set by Albert Adams in 1930 and equaled by Tony Black in 1993.