The Notebook February 13, 2014

Racing to History

Calendar Racing to History

  • 02.141944

    Buckpasser suffered the only defeat of his three-year-old season when he finished second in a non-betting race, the Black Caesar Purse, at Hialeah. He went on to post 13 consecutive victories in 1966 (12 of them in stakes races), but was unable to compete in any of the Triple Crown races because of a hoof injury.

  • 02.141990

    Ladbroke at Golden Gate Fields inaugurated co-pooling of its wagers with those of a sister organization, Ladbroke Racing Wyoming. The co-pooling of wagers across state lines, made possible by California legislation that had gone into effect Jan. 1, was a first in U.S. racing.

  • 02.142003

    Hall of Fame jockey Johnny Longden, the only horseman to both ride (Count Fleet) and train (Majestic Prince) a Kentucky Derby winner, died at age 96.

  • 02.151974

    Future Triple Crown champion Seattle Slew was foaled at White Horse Acres in Lexington, Ky.

  • 02.161891

    At the urging of Pierre Lorillard, the Board of Control, composed of seven representatives of the racing industry, was formed to govern Thoroughbred racing. The Board's powers extended to matters of licensing; allotment of racing dates; and the regulation of purse payments. The Board, as the governing body for racing, was succeeded by The Jockey Club, formed in 1894.

  • 02.161999

    Jockey Julie Krone became the first female jockey to win 3,500 races, taking the third race at the Fair Grounds.

  • 02.162005

    Jockey Calvin Borel picked up his 4,000th career winner aboard Jet Angel in the third race at Oaklawn Park.

  • 02.162007

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers Association announced the creation of a new Eclipse Award for champion female sprinter.

  • 02.171985

    Laffit Pincay Jr. registered his 6,000th career win, aboard Doria's Delight in the fifth race at Santa Anita Park.

  • 02.212011

    In her first year as a broodmare, Rachel Alexandra, the 2009 Horse of the Year, was bred to Curlin, the 2007 and 2008 Horse of the Year. Curlin won the Preakness in 2007 and Rachel Alexandra won the same race in 2009.

  • 02.221969

    Barbara Jo Rubin became the first woman jockey to win a parimutuel race in America when she rode Cohesion to victory at Charles Town.

  • 02.222003

    Xtra Heat won the Barbara Fritchie Handicap and became the leading stakes-winning filly of all time with 25 stakes victories.

  • 02.231935

    Seven-year-old Azucar, a former steeplechaser, won the inaugural Santa Anita Handicap at Santa Anita Park.

  • 02.232011

    In her initial year as a broodmare, Zenyatta, the 2010 Horse of the Year, was bred to Bernardini.

  • 02.232012

    Dale Capuano scored the 3,000th training win of his career when he sent out Father Mudd in the ninth race at Laurel Park.

  • 02.241947

    Acting upon an earlier recommendation by The Jockey Club stewards, the Thoroughbred Racing Associations unanimously approved lip tattoos as a method of identifying Thoroughbred racehorses.

  • 02.241979

    Trainer J.C. Williams set a North American record by saddling eight winners in 12 attempts at Waterford Park in West Virginia. Williams also owned seven of those eight winners, which established a record for most wins by an owner in one day at one racetrack.

  • 02.242007

    On his 96th birthday, Noble Threewitt officially retired from training Thoroughbreds, ending a career that spanned eight decades.

  • 02.251990

    The 11th race at Charles Town was declared a no-contest because the starting gate could not be removed from the track after the race had begun. The track announcer warned the jockeys to pull up their mounts, and the track subsequently refunded all wagers on the race.

  • 02.261973

    With Secretariat having been named Horse of the Year for 1972 and Champion Two-Year-Old, it was announced by Claiborne Farm that the colt had been syndicated for a then-record $6,080,000, equivalent to 32 shares at $190,000 each.

  • 02.271982

    Florida apprentice Mary Russ became the first female jockey to win a Grade I stakes in North America when she captured the Widener Handicap aboard Lord Darnley at Hialeah.

  • 02.281957

    John Longden became the first jockey in history to reach 5,000 victories.

  • 02.282004

    Hall of Famer Richard Mandella became the seventh trainer to pass the $100-million mark in career purse earnings.

  • 02.282006

    A two-year-old son of Forestry became the most expensive Thoroughbred ever sold at a public auction at the Fasig-Tipton Calder sale in Miami. The colt, later named The Green Monkey brought a final bid of $16 million from Demi O'Byrne. O'Byrne purchased the colt for a partnership headed by John Magnier and Michael Tabor. The previous record for a horse of any age at auction was the $13.1 million paid for Seattle Dancer as a yearling in 1986. The Green Monkey ran three times in his career, never won, and earned $10,440.

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