The Notebook July 18, 2013

Calendar Racing to History

  • 07.192000

    Allen Paulson, owner and breeder of Cigar, died in La Jolla, Calif. after a long battle with cancer. He was 78.

  • 07.201951

    Six-year-old Citation, the first Thoroughbred to earn $1 million, was retired.

  • 07.201974

    Carl Rosen's Chris Evert trounced Miss Musket by 50 lengths in the world's richest match race, a $350,000 winner-take-all contest at Hollywood Park.

  • 07.201988

    John Galbreath, founder of Darby Dan Farm, died at age 90. He was the first person to have owned and bred winners of the Kentucky Derby (Chateaugay and Proud Clarion) and the Epsom Derby (Roberto).

  • 07.202009

    Jockey Rosemary Homeister Jr. became Thoroughbred racing's second winningest female jockey when she rode Gambles List to victory in the third race at Colonial Downs. The win was the 2,138th of Homeister's career. Julie Krone holds the all-time record for wins by a female rider with 3,704.

  • 07.211989

    Jockey Chris McCarron notched his 5,000th winner, riding I Sure Hope So to victory in the fifth race at Hollywood Park.

  • 07.212010

    Opening day at Del Mar attracted 45,309 spectators, the largest crowd in Del Mar history.

  • 07.221999

    Dale Baird, the winningest trainer in history, recorded his 8,000th victory at Mountaineer Race Track in Chester, W.V., sending out Midsummer Scene to take the 6th race.

  • 07.231947

    Early Edition, Hunter's Sun and Brown Jewel, all offspring of the sire Hunter's Moon IV, finished 1-2-3, respectively, in a race at Hollywood Park

  • 07.231985

    A bay colt, Seattle Dancer, son of Nijinsky II and the mare My Charmer, sold to Robert Sangster for $13.1 million, the record price for a Thoroughbred. Seattle Dancer, a half brother to 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, raced five times as a three-year-old to earn less than $150,000 from two wins, one second and one third before he was retired. The previous record for a horse sold at auction was $10.2 million, paid by Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum in 1983 for Snaafi Dancer, who never raced.

  • 07.232012

    Jockey Tammi Piermarini became the third-winningest female rider of all time after riding three winners at Suffolk Downs to bring her total to 2,139.  Piermarini moved ahead of Patti Cooksey and trailed only the retired Julie Krone (3,704) and the still-active Rosemary Homeister Jr. (2,527).

  • 07.252003

    "Seabiscuit", starring Tobey Maguire, Chris Cooper, Jeff Bridges and jockey Gary Stevens opened in movie theatres nationwide. The film would go on to earn over $120 million at the box office and $80 million in DVD sales.

  • 07.261962

    Jockey Angel Cordero Jr. rode his first winner in the U.S., Counterate, at Aqueduct Racetrack.

  • 07.261973

    The New York Racing Association and the Philip Morris Corporation announced the inaugural Marlboro Cup, a race to feature Secretariat and his stablemate, Riva Ridge, that would be run Sept. 15 at Belmont Park.

  • 07.271973

    In preparation for the Aug. 4 Whitney Stakes, Secretariat worked a mile at Saratoga Racecourse in 1:34 over a muddy track. His workout time was 4/5 of a second lower than the 55-year-old track record for the distance. He galloped out another eighth of a mile for a final time of 1:47 4/5, which was 2/5 of a second lower than the track record.

  • 07.272008

    Jockey Kent Desormeaux scored the 5,000th win of his career after guiding Bella Attrice to victory in the 7th race at Saratoga. Desormeaux, 38, was the 23rd jockey to reach the 5,000-win mark.

  • 07.281951

    Citation, then the world's leading money-winning Thoroughbred, was paraded before a crowd of 28,000 at Arlington Park in his last public appearance at a track before being retired to stud.

  • 07.281987

    Jockey Angel Cordero Jr. won his 6,000th victory in the Colleen Stakes at Monmouth Park aboard Lost Kitty. He was the fourth rider in racing history to accomplish that feat.

  • 07.291953

    Jockey Walter Blum rode his first career winner at Saratoga Racecourse.

  • 07.291972

    In preparation for a July 31 race at Saratoga, Secretariat went three furlongs in :35.

  • 07.291973

    Jockey Pat Day rode his first career winner, Forblunged, in a $2,000 claiming race at Prescott Downs, Prescott, Ariz. His mount earned $347, the winner's share of the $631 purse.

  • 07.291995

    Jockey Russell Baze won his 5,000th career victory, aboard Cyrus Says, in the sixth race at Sonoma County Fair. He was the 15th rider to reach that plateau.

  • 07.292004

    Jockey John Velazquez earned the 3,000 victory of his career in the second race at Saratoga aboard Runingforpresident.

  • 07.301870

    Monmouth Park opened with a five day race meet.

  • 07.302008

    Lava Man was retired, ending a storybook career as one of racing's best-ever claims. The seven-year-old California-bred gelding won $5,268,706; with over $5.1 million of that coming for owners STD Stable and Jason Wood, who claimed Lava Man for $50,000 in 2004.

  • 07.311972

    Secretariat, ridden for the first time by Ron Turcotte, won his second victory in three starts, on opening day at Saratoga Racecourse. The pair were sent off at odds of 2-5.

  • 08.011945

    Open racing resumed in place of the war-time restricted, or zoned, system in England.

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