The Notebook April 18, 2013

Calendar Racing to History

  • 04.171972

    Future champion filly Ruffian was foaled at Claiborne Farm, Paris, Ky.

  • 04.181970

    The New York State Legislature passed a bill enabling off-track betting.

  • 04.191952

    Native Dancer won his first race, at Jamaica racetrack.

  • 04.191969

    Bill Veeck, promoter and president of Suffolk Downs, staged a $10,000 race featuring all female jockeys, then a novelty in racing. Called the Lady Godiva Stakes, the event attracted such riders as Diane Crump, Tuesdee Testa and Robyn Smith. It was Penny Ann Early, however, who won the race, her first career victory. The previous year, Early had attempted to ride at Churchill Downs, but the male jockeys boycotted and the race was canceled.

  • 04.192000

    Jockey Pat Day guided first time starter Unbridled Time to victory in the second race at Keeneland, giving the 46-year-old a record 717 victories at the Lexington, Ky. track.

  • 04.201949

    Jockey Bill Shoemaker won his first race, aboard Shafter V, at Golden Gate Fields in Albany, Calif.

  • 04.201999

    Trainer Charlie Whittingham died in Pasadena, Calif., of complications from leukemia. He was 86.

  • 04.211923

    Eight-year-old Exterminator won his 34th stakes victory, the Philadelphia Handicap at Havre de Grace, setting an American record.

  • 04.211973

    In a surprising defeat, Secretariat finished third to stablemate Angle Light and runner-up Sham in the Wood Memorial Stakes at Aqueduct, his last start before sweeping the Triple Crown. The following day, Secretariat was found to have had an abscess in his mouth, which may have caused him discomfort while racing.

  • 04.212011

    Jess Jackson, owner of Stonestreet Stables which campaigned champions Curlin and Rachel Alexandra, died at age 81 after a long battle with cancer.

  • 04.221947

    Citation won his first race by 1/2-length, at Havre de Grace.

  • 04.221970

    Governor Nelson Rockefeller signed a bill into law allowing off-track betting in New York.

  • 04.221976

    After winning the Florida Derby at odds of 1-20, Honest Pleasure ran in the Blue Grass Stakes as the 1-10 favorite. Only win wagering was allowed on the seven-horse field. Honest Pleasure won, creating a minus win pool of $41,876.20.

  • 04.222002

    Ogden Phipps, philanthropist and Thoroughbred owner and breeder, died at age 93 after a short illness. Winner of an Eclipse Award as outstanding owner and breeder in 1988 and again as outstanding owner in 1989, Phipps won nearly every major stakes race on the East Coast as an owner or breeder.

  • 04.231943

    Judy Johnson was granted a license to ride in steeplechase races in Maryland, making her one of the earliest female jockeys.

  • 04.231973

    Secretariat and his stablemate Angle Light were flown to Louisville, Ky., to prepare for the Kentucky Derby.

  • 04.231977

    Seattle Slew won the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct Racetrack, his sixth consecutive win and his third win of the season. The race was his final prep for the May 7 Kentucky Derby.

  • 04.242005

    Jockey John Velazquez won on his first three mounts of the day at Keeneland, which ran his consecutive race winning streak to eight. Velazquez had won with his final three mounts two days earlier at Keeneland, then he went on to win with both his mounts the following day at Hawthorne. Velazquez's streak ended when he finished fifth on his fourth and last mount of the day at Keeneland on April 24. The North American record for consecutive wins by a jockey is nine, set by Albert Adams in 1930 and equaled by Tony Black in 1993.

  • 04.261853

    En route to becoming England's first Triple Crown winner, West Australian won the 2,000 Guineas, the first of three races that comprise England's Triple Crown.

  • 04.261916

    The first Triple Crown winner, Sir Barton, was foaled at Hamburg Place, Lexington, Ky.

  • 04.271973

    At Churchill Downs, Secretariat worked six furlongs in 1:12 3/5 in preparation for the May 5 Kentucky Derby.

  • 04.282001

    Jockey Chris McCarron became the seventh American jockey to win 7,000 races, guiding Spinelessjellyfish to a neck victory in the Khaled Stakes at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif. McCarron joined Laffit Pincay Jr., Bill Shoemaker, Pat Day, David Gall, Russell Baze and Angel Cordero Jr. in the 7,000 club.

  • 04.292003

    Hall of Famer Laffit Pincay Jr., the world's winningest jockey, retired with 9,530 victories to his credit.

  • 04.301941

    Jockey Eddie Arcaro rode four winners out of five mounts at Jamaica racetrack before leaving for Churchill Downs to ride Whirlaway in the Kentucky Derby.

  • 04.301989

    Bill Shoemaker won his 1,000th stakes race, guiding Charlie Whittingham-trained Peace to victory in the Premiere Handicap at Hollywood Park.

  • 04.302002

    Two-time Horse of the Year Cigar and champion filly Serena's Song were elected to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. Also named to the Hll were trainer Bud Delp, jockey Jack Westrope and champion Noor.

  • 05.011943

    Count Fleet won the street car Kentucky Derby, for which no tickets could be sold to out-of-town spectators due to wartime travel restrictions.

  • 05.011948

    H.A. Jimmy Jones, son of Ben A. Jones, stepped aside as the trainer of Citation, allowing his father to be named the colt's official trainer in the Kentucky Derby. Ben Jones was attempting to match the record of H.J. Thompson, who had trained four Derby winners. Citation did win and Ben A. Jones subsequently won two additional derbies, in 1949 and 1952, to set the mark for most number of wins in the Run for the Roses at six. Jimmy Jones was named as Citation's trainer in the Preakness and Belmont Stakes, however, giving the Jones family a Triple Crown sweep.

  • 05.011971

    The New York Off-Track Betting Corp. offered wagering pools on the Kentucky Derby, the first instance in which parimutuel wagering on the race took place outside the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Churchill Downs had refused to sell the rights to the race to OTB, but the pools were offered nonetheless, generating handle totaling $1,043,005

  • 05.011976

    Trainer Laz Barrera won three stakes in three different states the Kentucky Derby with Bold Forbes, New York's Carter Handicap with Due Diligence, and the Illinois Derby with Life's Hope.

  • 05.011993

    Paul Mellon became the second person in racing history to have bred and owned winners of the Kentucky Derby (Sea Hero, who won the 1993 Derby) and the Epsom Derby (Mill Reef, who won in 1971). John Galbreath was the first to have accomplished the Derby double, which he did with Proud Clarion (1967 Kentucky Derby) and Roberto (1972 Epsom Derby).

  • 05.011999

    Charismatic won the 125th Kentucky Derby at odds of 31-1, giving trainer D. Wayne Lukas his fourth Derby win and his owners, Bob and Beverly Lewis, their second Derby victor.

  • 05.012004

    Total wagering on the 130th Kentucky Derby, won by Smarty Jones, and the Derby Day racing card at Churchill Downs smashed North American betting records. A record $99,348,706 was wagered on the Derby. Total betting on the 12-race Kentucky Derby Day card was $142,775,857.

  • 05.012010

    Trainer Todd Pletcher broke his 0-for-24 skein in the Kentucky Derby by saddling Super Saver to win the Run for the Roses.

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