The Notebook February 27, 2014

Racing to History

Calendar Racing to History

  • 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.

  • 03.011969

    Tuesdee Testa, 27, became the first female jockey to win a race at a major American Thoroughbred track when she won the third race at Santa Anita Park aboard Buz On.

  • 03.011989

    Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa, holds its inaugural day of racing in 20-degree temperatures during a snowfall. Jockey Cindy Noll wins the first race aboard Holmish in a $2,300 claiming event.

  • 03.011991

    Pat Day, 37, became the sixth rider in history whose mounts earned $100 million when he rode Wild Sierra to a second-place finish in the first race at Oaklawn Park.

  • 03.012004

    Jockey Edgar Prado became the 19th rider to reach the 5,000-win plateau with his victory aboard Wynn Dot Comma in the Swale Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

  • 03.012005

    At a two-year-old-in-training sale in Miami, Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum paid a then-record $5.2 million for a son of Tale of the Cat.

  • 03.021940

    Beaten by a nose in both the 1937 and 1938 Santa Anita Handicaps, Seabiscuit finally won the Big Cap in his final race. He retired as the then-leading money-winning horse in the world.

  • 03.021966

    Kelso, Horse of the Year 1960-64, ran his last race, finishing fourth at Hialeah Park.

  • 03.031966

    Ogden Phipps' Buckpasser won the Flamingo Stakes by a nose, under the guidance of Bill Shoemaker. The colt was such a prohibitive favorite among the field of nine that the race was declared a non-wagering contest and was dubbed "The Chicken Flamingo."

  • 03.031985

    Bill Shoemaker became the first jockey in history to win $100 million in purses after he won the Santa Anita Handicap aboard Lord at War (ARG).

  • 03.031993

    Russell Baze earned his 4,000th career win, with Frank Musso, at Golden Gate Fields.

  • 03.032004

    Santa Anita Park set a North American record with a gross Pick Six pool of $7,302,848, which included a three-day carryover of $1,413,136. There were three winning tickets worth $1,567,984 each.

  • 03.051988

    Carl Gambardella had his 5,000th career winner, aboard John's Goldenapple, at Suffolk Downs.

  • 03.052011

    Chantal Sutherland became the first female jockey to win the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap when she piloted Game On Dude to a nose victory. Before the race was declared official, Game on Dude and Sutherland had to survive a 12-minute stewards' inquiry regarding a bumping incident with favored Twirling Candy who finished fifth.

  • 03.061965

    Jockey Earlie Fires rode his first winner, Carnation Kid, at Oaklawn Park. By year's end, Fires had amassed nearly $600,000 in purse earnings to earn the title of champion apprentice jockey.

  • 03.061988

    Julie Krone became the winningest female jockey in racing history when she won the 1,205th race of her career riding a filly named Squawter in the ninth race at Aqueduct Racetrack.

  • 03.072009

    Helen Pitts-Blasi became the first female to train the winner of the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap when she saddled 7-year-old Einstein to victory.

  • 03.081985

    Chris McCarron rode his 4,000th career winner, Hawkley (GB), in the fifth race at Santa Anita Park.

  • 03.081987

    Carrying 126 pounds, Zany Tactics set the world record for six furlongs, 106 4/5, at Turf Paradise. On Feb. 21, 1993, his time was equaled by Honor the Hero, also at Turf Paradise.

  • 03.082012

    Zenyatta, 2010 Horse of the Year, gave birth to her first foal, a bay colt by Bernardini, at Lane’s End Farm in Versailles, Ky. 

  • 03.091977

    Seattle Slew made his three-year-old debut at Hialeah. He won a seven-furlong race in 1:20 3/5, breaking the track record.

  • 03.092009

    2007 Belmont Stakes winner Rags to Riches gave birth to her first foal, a filly by Giant's Causeway, at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky.

  • 03.101808

    Diomed, the winner of the inaugural Epsom Derby in 1780, died in Virginia at age 31. He had been imported to the U.S. 10 years earlier and subsequently became an influential sire.

  • 03.101993

    At age 41, jockey Eddie Delahoussaye had his 5,000th career winner, aboard Ackler in the fifth race at Santa Anita Park. He was the 14th rider in North American Thoroughbred racing to reach that plateau.

  • 03.111943

    After siring 350 foals with a combined earnings total of $3 million, 26-year-old Man o' War was retired from stud duty.

  • 03.121966

    In the last race of his 40-year career, John Longden won the San Juan Capistrano Handicap at Santa Anita Park, aboard George Royal. He retired with a then-record number of victories with 6,032.

  • 03.141941

    Merrick died at age 38, establishing the longevity record for a Thoroughbred.

  • 03.141973

    In his final preparation for the March 17 Bay Shore Stakes, the first race of his three-year-old season, Secretariat worked three furlongs in a blistering 32 3/5.

  • 03.141976

    Bill Shoemaker gained his 7,000th career victory, aboard Charlie Whittingham-trained Royal Derby II, in the fifth race at Santa Anita Park.

  • 03.141987

    Jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. became the first rider in the history of Santa Anita Park to win seven races in a single afternoon. In his only loss of the day, Pincay finished third aboard Bob Back in the eighth race.

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