The Notebook August 21, 2013

Racing to History

Calendar Racing to History

  • 08.221972

    In preparation for his next start, the Aug. 26 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga Racecourse, Secretariat worked a half-mile in 46 2/5.

  • 08.221998

    Hall of Fame trainer Woodford Cefis "Woody" Stephens died in Miami Lakes, Fla. He was 84.

  • 08.222011

    Jockey Tammi Piermarini recorded the 2,000th win of her career, piloting Sugar Trade to victory in the third race at Suffolk Downs. Piermarini joined Julie Krone (3,704 wins), Rosemary Homeister Jr. (2,438), Patti Cooksey (2,137) and Vicki Aragon Baze (2,019) in the exclusive group of women with 2,000 or more career victories.

  • 08.231956

    Carl Gambardella had his first career winner, aboard Rollin Warm, at Hagerstown.

  • 08.231974

    Frank Whiteley-trained Ruffian won the Spinaway Stakes by 13 lengths at Saratoga Racecourse, ending her two-year-old season with a 5-for-5 record. Ruffian was subsequently voted champion juvenile filly of 1974.

  • 08.232003

    Trainer King Leatherbury became just the third trainer in history to win 6,000 races after saddling Cherokee Sunrise to victory in the seventh race at Timonium.

  • 08.241968

    Carrying 134 pounds, Dr. Fager set the then-world record for a mile in the Washington Park Handicap at Arlington Park. The time for his 10-length victory was 1:32 1/5. The previous record was 1:32 3/5, set by three-year-old Buckpasser on June 25, 1966 at Arlington Park.

  • 08.241989

    Jockey Larry Snyder won his 6,000th career race, aboard a filly named Speedski, in the first race at Louisiana Downs. Snyder was the sixth rider in history to accomplish that feat.

  • 08.242009

    Jockey Julie Krone became the first female rider to win a million-dollar race when she piloted Candy Ride to victory in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar.

  • 08.251987

    Julie Krone won her 1,000th career victory, aboard Tiger Higgins in the second race at Monmouth Park.

  • 08.251997

    Jockey Pat Day gained his 7,000th career victory aboard Bay Harbor in the second race at Saratoga Racecourse. Day became the fifth rider to reach the 7,000-win plateau.

  • 08.252001

    A record Travers Stakes day attendance of 60,486 watched Point Given win the race dubbed the "Midsmummer Derby". The day's total betting handle of $34,529,273 was also a Saratoga record.

  • 08.252012

    For the first time since 1874, the Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course resulted in a dead heat. The co-winners were the favored and 33-1 longshot Golden Ticket.  

  • 08.261953

    A syndicate headed by Howard E. Booker of San Francisco, unveiled a proposal for an off-track betting system in New York. Booker's group, planning to use Western Union to compile off-track bets, sought to establish 139 betting offices, to be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

  • 08.261972

    Secretariat won the Hopeful Stakes by five lengths at Saratoga Racecourse for his second stakes win in as many tries.

  • 08.271953

    The Thoroughbred Racing Associations denounced a plan for off-track betting in New York. John A. Morris, the TRA president, declared "Although it could mean increased profits for the race tracks, off-course betting would inevitably subordinate racing and bring on an adverse public reaction which would kill a traditionally great sport and an economically significant industry."

  • 08.281988

    A winning ride aboard Precisionist in the Cabrillo Handicap at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club made Chris McCarron the fifth jockey to surpass $100 million in career earnings.

  • 08.291987

    Charlie Whittingham became the first trainer to surpass 500 stakes wins when he sent Ferdinand to victory in the Cabrillo Handicap at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.

  • 08.291993

    Laffit Pincay Jr., 46, became the second rider in North American racing history to ride 8,000 winners when he rode El Toreo to victory in the seventh race at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. Bill Shoemaker was the first to hit 8,000, a feat he accomplished in 1981 at age 49.

  • 08.301981

    Bill Shoemaker became the first jockey to win a $1 million race when he rode John Henry to a nose victory over The Bart in the inaugural Arlington Million at Arlington Park.

  • 09.011881

    The Dwyer Brothers' three-year-old Hindoo won his 19th consecutive race, a purse event at Sheepshead Bay. His winning streak was snapped six days later in the September Handicap at Sheepshead, in which he finished third.

  • 09.011924

    A French colt, Epinard, headed the field for the first of three Internationals, of progressively longer distances, to be run at Belmont Park, Aqueduct and Latonia. Epinard finished second in the six-furlong race, which was witnessed by the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VIII.

  • 09.011947

    With a victory by Armed in the Washington Park Handicap, Calumet Farm became the first stable to surpass $1 million in annual earnings. Calumet led all owners for 1947, with total earnings of $1,402,436.

  • 09.012001

    Jockey Tim Moccasin capped a streak of 14 consecutive victories, a North American record, at Marquis Downs in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. His fourteenth straight win came aboard Intricate Stitch in the fifth race.

  • 09.012005

    Due to the destruction of Hurricane Katrina, Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans announced that it would conduct its 2005-2006 meet at Harrah's Louisiana Downs in Bossier City.

  • 09.021901

    Seven-year-old Ogden won two races in a single day at Coney Island.

  • 09.022011

    Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Jones, best known as the conditioner of Citation, died at age 94 after a lengthy illness.

  • 09.031956

    Swaps ended his racing career with a victory in the Washington Park Handicap at Washington Park. He was subsequently named Horse of the Year.

  • 09.031956

    Jockey John Longden surpassed Sir Gordon Richards' then-record number of wins when he rode Arrogate to victory in the Del Mar Handicap to attain his 4,871st victory.

  • 09.031960

    Kelso, ridden for the first time by Eddie Arcaro, won the Jerome Handicap.

  • 09.032001

    Jockey John Velazquez became the first jockey in history to ride six winners on a single card at Saratoga Racecourse.

  • 09.032001

    For the first time in Saratoga Racecourse history, attendance hit the million mark, with a total of 1,011,669 fans going through the turnstiles during the 36-day meet.

  • 09.032004

    Jockey John Velazquez rode his record 62nd winner at the Saratoga meeting.

  • 09.032011

    Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer gained his 6,000th career victory when he sent out Just Tappin It to win the sixth race at Golden Gate Fields.

  • 09.041920

    Man o' War won the 1 5/8-mile Lawrence Realization Stakes at Belmont Park by 100 lengths, the largest winning margin in modern racing history. His time for the race, 2:"40 4/5, shattered the world record by 6 4/5 seconds and was his fifth record-setting performance of that year.

  • 09.041959

    Allaire du Pont's two-year-old Kelso won his maiden race by 1 1/4 lengths at Atlantic City. In the following year, Kelso was voted the first of his record five consecutive Horse of the Year titles.

  • 09.052009

    Three-year-old filly Rachel Alexandra became the first female ever to win the Grade I Woodward Stakes when she held off Macho Again by a head at Saratoga.

  • 09.062010

    The experimental 49-day Elite Summer Meet at Monmouth Park concluded with handle up 87 percent from 2009 figures and attendance up 47 percent.

  • 09.071970

    Bill Shoemaker surpassed John Longden's then-record of 6,032 wins when he piloted Dares J to victory at Del Mar and became the world's winningest jockey.

  • 09.072009

    Linda Rice became the first female trainer to win the trainer's title at Saratoga. She registered 20 wins, one more than Todd Pletcher.

  • 09.081990

    Bill Shoemaker scored his first stakes victory as a trainer when he sent a five-year-old mare, Baldomero (IRE), to victory in the Osunitas Handicap at Del Mar.

  • 09.081999

    The Emirates Racing Association announced that the 2000 renewal of the Dubai World Cup would be worth $6 million.

  • 09.082000

    On his 41st birthday, Mario Pino became the 18th jockey to ride 5,000 winners by visiting the winner's circle twice at Delaware Park. Pino got his 5,000 win when he guided Outdone to victory in the ninth race.

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