The Notebook November 07, 2013
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Ogden Phipps’ four-year-old filly Personal Ensign concluded her racing career with a 13-for-13 lifetime record when she edged Winning Colors by a nose to win the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Churchill Downs. She was the first American racehorse to retire undefeated in major competition since Colin in 1908.
Skip Away finished sixth to Awesome Again in the Breeders’ Cup Classic and was denied the title of racing's all-time leading money earner. Skip Away was retired after the race with earnings of $9,616,360, second to Cigar, whose earnings total $9,999,815.
Ashado, the second-leading female money winner of all time, was sold at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum for $9 million, a world record auction price for a broodmare.
Mario Pino became the 15th jockey in North America to win 6,000 races when he piloted Pass Play to victory in the 7th race at Laurel Park.
Zenyatta remained undefeated through 14 career starts and became the first female to capture the Breeders’ Cup Classic. The win over Twice Over boosted Zenyatta’s career bankroll to $5,474,580, moving her ahead of Azeri as North America’s all-time leading female money earner.
Joseph O'Brien, 18, became the youngest jockey to win a Breeders’ Cup race when he guided St Nicholas Abbey to victory in the Breeders' Cup Turf. St Nicholas Abbey was trained by Joseph's father, the legendary Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien.
Favorite Trick won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, concluding an 8-for-8 two-year-old campaign. Favorite Trick would later be voted 1997 Horse of the Year.
The New York Racing Association announced that it would begin using the color-coded saddlecloths adopted by many other racetracks around the country.
Wheatley Stable’s Bold Ruler, with Eddie Arcaro aboard, won the Trenton Handicap in a wire-to-wire victory over Gallant Man and Round Table in a three-horse race. Bold Ruler was subsequently named Horse of the Year off this performance.
Secretariat worked seven furlongs in 125 4-5 at Garden State Park in preparation for the final race of his two-year-old season, the Garden State Stakes on Nov. 18.
Laffit Pincay Jr. became the second jockey in history to win 7,000 races when he won the seventh race at Hollywood Park aboard Phone Bid.
With a second-place finish at Aqueduct, jockey Ramon Dominguez overtook Jerry Bailey and broke the single-year record for North American earnings by a rider. Bailey set the previous mark in 2003 when his mounts secured $23,354,960 in purse earnings.
Jockey Patrick Valenzuela won his first career race, aboard Parker Petite, at Sunland Park, New Mexico.
The inaugural Breeders’ Cup was run at Hollywood Park. The highlight of the seven Breeders? Cup races, the Classic, pitted Wild Again, Gate Dancer and Slew o’ Gold, who was the odds-on favorite despite having a well-publicized hoof injury. After a furious drive to the wire, which involved considerable bumping among the three horses, Wild Again prevailed, but Gate Dancer was disqualified from his second-place finish for interference and was placed third, behind Slew o’ Gold.
Secretariat was flown to Claiborne Farm to begin his stud career.
At age four, 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew won his last race, the Stuyvesant Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack, by 3 1/4 lengths.
Jockey Garrett Gomez set a new record for stakes wins in one year when he piloted Spring Awakening to victory in the Moccasin Stakes at Hollywood Park.
Four-year-old Machine Gun carried 159 pounds, believed to be the highest impost in a winning effort on the flat, at Riccarton in New Zealand. Time for the five-furlong race was 58.
Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, a driving force behind American racing, died in Mill Neck, N.Y., at age 87.
Jockey Eddie Arcaro, a 1958 Racing Hall of Fame inductee and the only two-time winner of the Triple Crown, died of cancer at his home in Miami at age 81.
Alydar, one of the top sires in America and runner-up in all three Triple Crown races to Affirmed, was euthanized at Calumet Farm.
Jockey Julie Krone rode her 3,000th career winner, in the fourth race at Aqueduct, aboard Dustin?s Dreamer.
The Pimlico Special, then a winner-take-all $15,000 contest, became the first race to be televised nationally. The winner was C.T. Chenery’s Bryan G.
Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel died at age 68 in Pacific Palisades, Calif., after a long battle with lymphoma.
Jockey Eddie Arcaro rode his last career race, finishing third on Endymion in the Pimlico Futurity. He retired with a then-record $30,039,543 in purses.
Secretariat capped his two-year-old racing season with a 3 1-2 length victory in the Garden State Stakes at Garden State Park. The winner’s share of the purse was $179,199, the most Secretariat ever won in a single race.
In the eighth race at Aqueduct, Laffit Pincay Jr. had his 4,000th career win, aboard Gladiolus.
Trainer Steve Asmussen registered his 6,000th career victory when he saddled Basalt to win the first race at Remington Park in Oklahoma City. Asmussen, 46, became the youngest trainer to hit the 6,000-win plateau and the fifth trainer overall to reach that mark.
Jockey Fernando Toro won his first career race at the Hipodromo in Santiago, Chile.
Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze reached the 400-win mark for the 11th time in the last 12 years when he guided Hooked On Niners to victory in the third race at Golden Gate Fields.
Trainer Steve Asmussen established a new single-year record for victories when Coronado Rose won the 9th race at Delta Downs in Vinton, La. The victory was Asmussen’s 497th of the year, surpassing the previous record set by Jack Van Berg in 1976. Asmussen went on to win a total of 555 races in 2004.
Secretariat completed his preliminary training at Meadow training center.
Five-year-old gelding Rapid Redux registered his 20th consecutive win, scoring in a starter allowance race at Mountaineer Park in West Virginia. The 20th straight victory represented a modern, North American record.
Jockey Pat Day notched his 5,000th career winner aboard Screen Prospect in the Falls City Handicap at Churchill Downs.
Trainer Bobby Frankel established a new single-season record for Grade/Group 1 wins (24) when Continuously won the Hollywood Turf Cup. The previous mark of 23 was held by Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien.
Horse racing returned to the Fair Grounds in New Orleans for the first time since the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina. A record opening day crowd of 8,732 watched the action on a warm Thanksgiving afternoon.
Trainer Todd Pletcher saddled five winners and broke his own single-year earnings record of $26,820,243 set in 2006.
Officials from Churchill Downs and the Maryland Jockey Club announced a new method for drawing post positions for the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. The traditional blind draw would be held to establish a selection order, then a horse’s owner/trainer or authorized agent would choose his preferred post position among those still available.
Hall of Fame jockey Bill Hartack died of a heart attack at age 74. Hartack, along with Bill Shoemaker, was one of two jockeys to win the Kentucky Derby five times.
American Air Lines transported six horses from Shannon Airport, Eire, Ireland, to Newark, N.J., completing the first trans-Atlantic flight for Thoroughbreds. The plane arrived in the U.S. on Nov. 27.
Sandy Hawley became the ninth North American rider to win 6,000 races. His record victory came aboard Summer Commander in the second race at Greenwood Racecourse.
"Seabiscuit," Laura Hillenbrand’s best-selling book about the rags-to-riches story of a 1930s Thoroughbred champion and the colorful people associated with him, was honored with the United Kingdom’s prestigious William Hill Sports Book of the Year award.
The brilliant Landaluce, who won her five lifetime starts by a total of 46 1/2 lengths, died of a viral infection. She was buried in the infield at Hollywood Park, where she had won her first two races. Trained by D. Wayne Lukas, Landaluce was later voted champion two-year-old filly of 1982 over another undefeated filly, Princess Rooney.
After an eight-year slumber, Miami’s Hialeah Park opened its doors to Quarter Horse racing, attracting a crowd of 26,874.
Jockey Kent Desormeaux surpassed Chris McCarron’s 15-year record for most number of victories in a single season when he rode his 547th winner for the year, at Laurel.
Jockey Edgar Prado became the fourth jockey in history to ride 500 winners in a single year.
Advertising on jockeys’ attire, owners’ silks, and track saddlecloths became legal at California tracks.
Ten thousand fans attended a ceremony at Tropical Park in honor of Carry Back’s retirement. By Saggy out of Joppy, Carry Back was known as "the people’s horse." He retired after 55 starts and earnings of more than $1 million.
In the first race to feature mother and daughter jockeys, Patti Barton rode against her daughter, Leah, at Latonia. Patti finished fifth aboard Tam’s Angel while Leah was tenth on Diane’s Ms. Lolly.
Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey broke his own single-season North American earnings mark after finishing third aboard Royal Gem in the Hollywood Derby at Hollywood Park. His total purse earnings of $19,032,509 propelled him past his 2001 total of $19,015,720.
Russell Baze became the winningest jockey in horse racing history when he guided Butterfly Belle to victory in the fourth race at Bay Meadows for his 9,531st career victory. Baze surpassed the previous mark set by Laffit Pincay Jr.
Fair Grounds, New Orleans, La., licensed its first female trainer, Miss Meryl Eckhardt of Flint, Mich.
Jockey Russell Baze became the 12th rider in Thoroughbred racing history to win 6,000 races when he won the fourth race at Golden Gate Fields aboard Clover Hunter.
Jockey Russell Baze gained his 400th victory of the year aboard Golden Peace at Golden Gate Fields, marking the ninth time in his career he had reached the 400-win plateau in a single year. No other rider has recorded 400 victories in a year more than three times. Baze, whose best total was 448 in 1995, won 400 races for seven straight years from 1992-98. A broken bone in his back limited his victory count to 373 in 1999. Baze then bounced back with 412 victories in 2000.
Legendary Daily Racing Form writer Joe Hirsch retired after 55 years of covering horse racing.
Trainer Steve Asmussen established a new North American, single-season record for wins by a trainer, when Poppin won the 13th race at Woodbine. The victory by Poppin gave Asmussen his 623rd tally of the year, one more than he registered in 2008.
A crowd of 11,216 turned out at Hollywood Park to pay tribute to Zenyatta before she left for Lane’s End Farm in Kentucky the following day to begin her retirement.
A two-year-old colt named Silky Sullivan won the one-mile Golden Gate Futurity after making up 27 lengths, establishing a running style that became legendary. Horsemen still invoke the name of Silky Sullivan when referring to a horse that runs from far off the pace.
The New York City Off Track Betting Corporation closed its doors after New York lawmakers failed to approve a bill that would have kept OTB open.
Power to Geaux paid a record $2,922 for a $2 wager made at AK-sar-ben on the simulcast of the 11th race from Fair Grounds. The previous record for a payoff on a $2 wager was set June 17, 1912, when Wishing Ring paid $1,885.50.
Jockey Laffit Pincay, Jr., tied Bill Shoemaker's all-time record by registering his 8,833rd lifetime win aboard I Be Casual in the 4th race at Hollywood Park.
In his second year of riding, Steve Cauthen became the first jockey to win $6 million in a single season when he rode a three-year-old filly, Little Happiness, to victory in the sixth race at Aqueduct. Cauthen was dubbed "The Six Million Dollar Man," and "Stevie Wonder" by his admirers and was named 1977 Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated, the Associated Press, ABC’s Wide World of Sports and The Sporting News. He also received three Eclipse Awards, being voted an award of merit in addition to earning top honors as both a journeyman and apprentice jockey.
Laffit Pincay Jr. became the world?s winningest jockey when he registered his 8,834th career victory aboard Irish Nip in the 6th race at Hollywood Park. The victory eclipsed the previous mark of 8,833 wins held by Bill Shoemaker.
Breeders’ Cup World Championships officials announced the creation of three new Breeders’ Cup races for 2008 the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf and the Breeders’ Cup Marathon.
John Henry became the first racehorse to surpass $4 million in career earnings when he won the Hollywood Turf Cup with jockey Chris McCarron at Hollywood Park.
More than 20,000 racegoers turned out to watch 1941 Triple Crown winner Whirlaway win the inaugural Louisiana Handicap at Fair Grounds, staged in part as a war relief effort by the newly formed Thoroughbred Racing Associations.
Jockey Russell Baze, the only jockey to win 400 or more races in a year more than three times, accomplished the feat for a sixth straight season at Golden Gate Fields.
Jockey Kent Desormeaux had his first career stakes win, aboard Godbey, in the Maryland City Handicap at Laurel.
In his final race of the year, Rapid Redux tied the modern, North American record for wins in a single season, going wire-to-wire in a starter allowance race at Laurel Park for his 19th victory of 2011. Previous horses to win 19 in a calendar year were Citation (1948) and Roseben (1905). Dating back to 2010, the victory marked Rapid Redux’s 21st straight win?a modern, North American record.
Maybe Jack drew off and won a match race against Pro on Ice at Suffolk Downs, making him the winningest horse of 1997 with 13 victories.
Sandy Hawley became the first jockey in history to win 500 races in a single year when he rode Charlie Jr. to victory in the third race at Laurel.
Scott Lake became the sixth trainer in North American history to record 5,000 wins when he saddled Communicator to victory in the first race at Laurel.
Crooner Bing Crosby announced plans to construct a new racetrack, to be called the Del Mar Turf Club.
Fire destroyed the grandstand of Fair Grounds, the nation’s third-oldest racetrack.
Hollywood Park held the first $1 million race for two-year-old Thoroughbreds, the Hollywood Futurity, which was won by Fali Time, ridden by Sandy Hawley.
Steve Asmussen became the first North American trainer to win 600 Thoroughbred races in a single year when Storm Trust came home first in the 5th race at Delta Downs.
D. Wayne Lukas-trained Tejano became the first juvenile millionaire when he won the Hollywood Futurity with Laffit Pincay Jr. aboard.
Zenyatta finished second to Olympic gold medal-winning American skier Lindsey Vonn as the Associated Press's 2010 Female Athlete of the Year. It was the second consecutive year that Zenyatta was the runner-up for the award. Zenyatta finished second to tennis star Serena Williams in the 2009 voting.
Jockey Kent Desormeaux, at age 21, won his 2,000th race aboard Saron Lake, trained by Gary Jones, at Hollywood Park. He was the youngest jockey to reach that mark and did so faster than any other rider.
Jerry Hollendorfer became just the fourth trainer ever to win 5,000 races when he sent out Political High to win the 11th race at Hollywood Park. Hollendorfer joined Dale Baird (9,445 winners), Jack Van Berg (6,378) and King Leatherbury (6,227) on the 5,000+ win list.
James F. Byrnes, Director of War Mobilization and Reconversion, urged that all racing in the United States cease by Jan. 3 as a means of furthering the war effort.
Thoroughbred racing's winningest trainer, Dale Baird, died in an automobile accident in Indiana at age 72. He had 9,445 career victories.
Azeri, North America's all-time leading female money earner, was retired from racing with a career bankroll of $4,079,820.
Santa Anita Park opened in Arcadia, Calif. A five-year-old mare, Las Palmas, won the inaugural race, the California-Bred Handicap, before a crowd of 30,777.
Julie Krone became the first woman to ride the winner of a Grade 1 stakes race in the state of California when she piloted the reformed claimer Debonair Joe to victory in the Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita.
English trainer Michael Dickinson saddled 12 winners, a record.
D. Wayne Lukas set a single-season record for stakes wins by a trainer, 92, when he saddled High Brite to win the Palos Verdes Handicap at Santa Anita Park.
Sylvia Bishop, the first African American woman licensed as a Thoroughbred trainer in the U.S., died at age 84.
Ogden Phipps' Buckpasser, trained by Eddie Neloy, won the 13th consecutive race of his three-year-old season after taking the Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita Park. He was voted Horse of the Year and also took top three-year-old and handicap horse honors for 1966.
After a year-long battle for leading rider honors, Pat Day edged Angel Cordero Jr. by two races, which he won after chartering a plane to fly to Vinton, La., where he rode Dana's Woof Woof and Miltons Magic to victory during the evening program at Delta Downs. Day won the title his first with 399 wins to Cordero's 397.
Jockey Kent Desormeaux set the world record for most number of wins in a single season, 598, when he rode two-year-old East Royalty, trained by Phil Thomas Jr., to victory in the tenth race, the Inner Harbor Stakes, at Laurel. He surpassed the old record, set by Chris McCarron, by 52 wins.