The Notebook October 30, 2013
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The saddle cloth numbers of the first five race winners at Jamaica corresponded to the number of the race in which each horse started.
Seven-year-old Kelso won his fifth consecutive Jockey Club Gold Cup, a record. In each of those races, Kelso was the odds-on favorite.
Jockey Chris Antley became the first rider to win nine races in a single day. He rode four winners from six mounts at Aqueduct and five winners from eight tries during The Meadowlands evening program.
Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone returned to race riding after a two-year absence. She finished fifth aboard both of her mounts on the day at Santa Anita Park.
Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel broke D. Wayne Lukas' North American single season earnings record of $17,842,358 set in 1988 after saddling Golden Rahy to victory in the seventh race at Santa Anita.
Trainer Scott Lake registered the 4,000th win of his career when he saddled Hickory Trick to victory in the 8th race at Penn National.
Before a crowd of 40,000 spectators, Seabiscuit, under jockey George Woolf, defeated odds-on favorite War Admiral in the Pimlico Special, run as a winner-take-all match race with a purse of $15,000.
Racing returned to Hollywood Park after a three-year hiatus, which followed the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Man o’ War died at Faraway Farm, Lexington, Ky. He lay in state for three days before being ceremoniously buried on Nov. 4.
John Nerud-trained Dr. Fager, carrying 139 pounds, won the last race of his career, the seven-furlong Vosburgh Handicap at Aqueduct, by six lengths. Dr. Fager was subsequently named champion handicap horse, champion sprinter, turf champion and Horse of the Year.
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas won his first Breeders’ Cup race, the Juvenile Fillies, with Twilight Ridge, whose entrymates Family Style and Arewehavingfunyet finished second and eighth, respectively.
Arazi unleashed a powerful move on the far turn at Churchill Downs to capture the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile by five lengths over Bertrando.
Broodmare of the year Better Than Honour (dam of Jazil and Rags to Riches, the 2006-07 Belmont Stakes winners, respectively) was sold for a record $14 million at the Fasig-Tipton sale in Lexington, Ky.
Royal Delta won the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic for a second straight year, and her win, at Santa Anita Park, gave jockey Mike Smith a record 16th Breeders’ Cup win, one more than Jerry Bailey. Smith increased his Breeders’ Cup win total to 17 the next day when he won the Turf Sprint aboard Mizdirection.
Tanforan, in suburban San Francisco, opened for a 25-day, non-betting meet.
Cash Run, winner of the 1999 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, sold for a world record broodmare price of $7.1 million at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale in Lexington, Ky.
Bateau was disqualified from her third-place finish in the Pimlico Futurity after her jockey, Earl Sande, used the filly to ram the future Kentucky Derby winner, Reigh Count, into the rail. Sande subsequently was suspended for his action.
Miesque became the first horse to win two consecutive Breeders’ Cup Championship races when she won the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Churchill Downs.
Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott won his second 'Classic' in 24 hours when Drosselmeyer captured the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs. A day earlier, Mott saddled Royal Delta to victory in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic.
Trainer Dale Baird became the first trainer to reach 9000 wins when Frazee’s Folly captured the eighth race at Mountaineer Park in Chester, W.V.
Three fillies from Argentina arrived at Newark Airport, having made a journey of 8,250 miles, the then-longest flight ever for horses.
Secretariat was paraded before 33,000 fans at Aqueduct, as his final appearance at a racetrack before retirement to stud at Claiborne Farm.
Julie Krone became the first female jockey to compete in the Breeders’ Cup when she rode Darby Shuffle to a second-place finish in the Juvenile Fillies race.
The Breeders’ Cup was simulcast to England for wagering purposes for the first time.
Lure became the fourth horse to win consecutive Breeders’ Cup events when he won the Breeders’ Cup Mile. The three other runners with consecutive victories were Miesque, Bayakoa (ARG) and Morley Street (IRE).
Morely Street was a two-time winner in the steeplechase division.
Three-time Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Goldikova was denied her fourth consecutive win in the race by 64-1 long shot Court Vision. Goldikova finished third.
Zenyatta’s 19-race undefeated streak ended when she was beaten by a head by Blame in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs.
Goldikova became the first horse to win three Breeders’ Cup races when she scored her third consecutive triumph in the TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile.
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.