The Notebook March 27, 2013

Racing to History

Calendar Racing to History

  • 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.

  • 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.

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