The Notebook March 21, 2013

Racing to History

Calendar Racing to History

  • 03.231927

    Future Triple Crown winner Gallant Fox was foaled at Claiborne Farm, Paris, Ky.

  • 03.241851

    California's first organized race for Thoroughbreds took place at the Pioneer Course in San Francisco. The city's residents added a purse of $250 to the sweepstakes, which was set at $15 each for the three competitors. T. K. Battelle's colt Boston won.

  • 03.241932

    Omaha, the only Triple Crown winner to be sired by another Triple Crown winner (Gallant Fox), was foaled at Claiborne Farm, Paris, Ky.

  • 03.241940

    Future Triple Crown winner Count Fleet was foaled at Stoner Creek Stud, Paris, Ky

  • 03.241941

    Upset, the only horse ever to defeat Man o' War, died at age 24.

  • 03.241953

    A program for nationwide televising of 10 of the richest races being run in New York and Delaware, was announced. NBC and ABC provided network coverage for the Saturday broadcasts, which were scheduled for April 18-June 20.

  • 03.241997

    Assicurazioni Generali, the lead underwriter on the congenital infertility insurance on Horse of the Year Cigar, agreed to pay the $25 million claim filed by owners Allen Paulson and Coolmore Stud. Coolmore received $18.75 million and Paulson got $6.25 million, representing the parties respective 75% and 25% ownership interests.

  • 03.261943

    Future Triple Crown winner Assault was foaled at King Ranch in Kingsville, Texas.

  • 03.261966

    Jockey Eddie Maple won his first career race, at Ascot Park in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

  • 03.261992

    Henryk de Kwiatkowski purchased Calumet Farm for $17 million at auction. He paid an additional $210,000 for the Calumet name.

  • 03.262011

    Rosie Napravnik became the first female rider to win the Louisiana Derby when she rode Pants On Fire to victory en route to also becoming the first woman to win the Fair Grounds riding title.

  • 03.271953

    The ABC radio network announced it would broadcast a series of major East Coast races, beginning April 4 and continuing through Nov. 14.

  • 03.271997

    A group of Thoroughbred organizations, including The Jockey Club, Breeders' Cup Ltd., Keeneland Association and Oak Tree Racing Association, announced they would undertake a joint planning process to create a national coordination and marketing structure for Thoroughbred racing.

  • 03.272009

    Alysheba, 1987 Kentucky Derby winner and 1988 Horse of the Year died at the Kentucky Horse Park at age 25.

  • 03.291917

    Man o' War, who would go on to win 20 of his 21 career starts, was foaled at Nursery Stud, Lexington, Ky.

  • 03.291938

    In observance of Man o' War's 21st birthday, the celebration was broadcast nationally via radio from Faraway Farm, where he stood at stud.

  • 03.291969

    Diane Crump became the first female jockey to win a stakes race when she took the Spring Fiesta Cup at the Fair Grounds aboard Easy Lime.

  • 03.291997

    The $4 million Dubai World Cup was rescheduled for April 3 after torrential rainstorms hit Nad Al Sheba racecourse.

  • 03.292008

    Curlin, reigning 2007 Horse of the Year, wins the Dubai World Cup with a record-setting 7 length victory over Asiatic Boy.

  • 03.301952

    New York Governor Thomas Dewey signed a statute transferring licensing authority from The Jockey Club to the New York Racing Commission.

  • 03.301970

    Secretariat was foaled at The Meadow in Doswell, Va.

  • 03.301985

    Laffit Pincay Jr. became the second jockey in history to surpass John Longden's record of 6,032 victories, riding Sovereignty to victory in the sixth race at Santa Anita Park.

  • 04.011940

    New York legalized parimutuel wagering and outlawed book-makers at the state's racetracks.

  • 04.011998

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association officially launched operations with the opening of its office in Lexington, Ky.

  • 04.021938

    Future Triple Crown winner Whirlaway was foaled at Calumet Farm, Lexington, Ky.

  • 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.

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