The Notebook February 07, 2013
Racing to History
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Diane Crump became the first woman jockey in America to compete in a parimutuel race when she finished tenth of 12 aboard a 48-1 shot, three-year-old Bridle n' Bit, in the seventh race at Hialeah Park.
A racing oddity occurred at Oaklawn Park when the winners of seven consecutive races started from the number one post position.
Jockey Eddie Delahoussaye picked up his 6,000th career victory aboard Sweetcakesanshakes in the third race at Santa Anita Park. Delahoussaye became the 14th rider in North American racing history to reach the 6,000-win mark.
Whirlaway began his three-year-old season with a win in a six furlong allowance race at Hialeah.
The Jockey Club was incorporated. As originally conceived, it was to assume the management of racing, previously overseen by the Board of Control. Included in The Jockey Club's functions were licensing, allotment of racing dates, appointment of officials and the interpretation and enforcement of racing rules.
After a year's absence from competition, seven-year-old Seabiscuit, champion handicap horse of 1937 and 1938, returned to racing at Santa Anita, where he finished third in a handicap race. Seabiscuit ran three more races in 1940, concluding his career with a win in the Santa Anita Handicap.
Jockey Chris McCarron rode his first winner, a five-year-old gelding named Erezev, at Bowie Racecourse. By year's end, McCarron had established a then-record number of winners for a single season with 546. Fifteen years later, on Nov. 30, 1989, jockey Kent Desormeaux eclipsed that mark.
USA Today named jockey Julie Krone one of America's 10 toughest athletes.
Jockey Edgar Prado earned the 6,000th win of his career when he guided Sumphin to victory in the 6th race at Gulfstream Park. Prado became the 16th jockey in history to win 6,000 races.
Undefeated two-year-old Champion Favorite Trick was named 1997 Horse of the Year.
The Jockey Club released data showing that as of 1932, the U.S. had surpassed Great Britain and Ireland in foal production for the first time, to become the world's leading producer of Thoroughbreds.
Julie Krone rode her first career winner, a $3,500 claimer named Lord Farkle, in the sixth race at Tampa Bay Downs.
Buckpasser suffered the only defeat of his three-year-old season when he finished second in a non-betting race, the Black Caesar Purse, at Hialeah. He went on to post 13 consecutive victories in 1966 (12 of them in stakes races), but was unable to compete in any of the Triple Crown races because of a hoof injury.
Ladbroke at Golden Gate Fields inaugurated co-pooling of its wagers with those of a sister organization, Ladbroke Racing Wyoming. The co-pooling of wagers across state lines, made possible by California legislation that had gone into effect Jan. 1, was a first in U.S. racing.
Hall of Fame jockey Johnny Longden, the only horseman to both ride (Count Fleet) and train (Majestic Prince) a Kentucky Derby winner, died at age 96.
Future Triple Crown champion Seattle Slew was foaled at White Horse Acres in Lexington, Ky.
At the urging of Pierre Lorillard, the Board of Control, composed of seven representatives of the racing industry, was formed to govern Thoroughbred racing. The Board's powers extended to matters of licensing; allotment of racing dates; and the regulation of purse payments. The Board, as the governing body for racing, was succeeded by The Jockey Club, formed in 1894.
Jockey Julie Krone became the first female jockey to win 3,500 races, taking the third race at the Fair Grounds.
Jockey Calvin Borel picked up his 4,000th career winner aboard Jet Angel in the third race at Oaklawn Park.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers Association announced the creation of a new Eclipse Award for champion female sprinter.
Laffit Pincay Jr. registered his 6,000th career win, aboard Doria's Delight in the fifth race at Santa Anita Park.
In her first year as a broodmare, Rachel Alexandra, the 2009 Horse of the Year, was bred to Curlin, the 2007 and 2008 Horse of the Year. Curlin won the Preakness in 2007 and Rachel Alexandra won the same race in 2009.