The Notebook April 03, 2013

Racing to History

Calendar Racing to History

  • 04.031962

    At the age of 46, jockey Eddie Arcaro announced his retirement. He retired with 4,779 victories, including two Triple Crowns, won with Whirlaway and Citation.

  • 04.042009

    Jockey Tim Doocy earned the 5,000th win of his career when he guided Color Out to victory in the 11th race at Oaklawn Park.

  • 04.061954

    Two future champions, Bold Ruler and Round Table, were foaled at Claiborne Farm, Paris, Ky.

  • 04.071973

    In his second start as a three-year-old, Secretariat won the Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct as the 1-10 favorite. His time of 1:33 2-5 for the mile equaled the track record for that distance.

  • 04.071979

    Jockey Steve Cauthen made his first race in England a winning one with Marquee Universal (IRE) at Salisbury.

  • 04.072012

    Jockey Mike Smith rode his 5,000th winner when he guided Amazombie to victory in the ninth race at Santa Anita.

  • 04.081971

    New York City Off-Track Betting opened for business. Two branches were available to accept wagers, the Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan and an outlet in Queens. Total handle, including telephone betting, was $66,091.

  • 04.081991

    Rider-turned-trainer Bill Shoemaker was paralyzed after an automobile accident.

  • 04.082001

    "Seabiscuit An American Legend", by Laura Hillenbrand, took over the top spot on the New York Times bestseller list for nonfiction after just three weeks in the nation's bookstores.

  • 04.082010

    Undefeated Hall of Famer Personal Ensign died at age 26 of natural causes at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky.

  • 04.091962

    Jockey Ron Turcotte rode his first winner at Fort Erie Racetrack.

  • 04.092009

    Churchill Downs became the first racetrack to be accredited by the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance.

  • 04.101969

    I Double Dareya was ridden to victory by jockey Gilbert Hernandez at Golden Gate Fields. Hernandez also happened to be the horse's owner and trainer, giving him a triple win.

  • 04.111945

    Future Triple Crown champion Citation was foaled at Calumet Farm, Lexington, Ky.

  • 04.121948

    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.

  • 04.121969

    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.

  • 04.131872

    The Louisiana Jockey Club held its inaugural meet at Fair Grounds. The first race, a two-mile hurdle, was won by Templo.

  • 04.141936

    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.

  • 04.151940

    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.

  • 04.151941

    In preparation for the May 3 Kentucky Derby, Whirlaway worked 1 1/8 miles in 1:52 at Keeneland.

  • 04.151943

    With many of the country's young men joining in the war effort, women exercise riders were first employed at Pimlico Racecourse.

  • 04.152004

    Jerry Hollendorfer became just the sixth trainer in history to win 4,000 races.

  • 04.161995

    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.

  • 04.171972

    Future champion filly Ruffian was foaled at Claiborne Farm, Paris, Ky.

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