The Notebook January 17, 2013
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The first ever NTRA Moment of the Year award went to the post-race scene after the 1999 Belmont Stakes when jockey Chris Antley held Charismatics injured foreleg.
Despite a narrow loss to Blame in the 2010 Breeders Cup Classic, the popular mare Zenyatta was voted 2010 Horse of the Year at the Eclipse Awards in Miami. Zenyatta received 128 votes to Blame's 102. She won 19 of 20 career starts and earned $7,304,580.
Rachel Alexandra was named 2009 Horse of the Year over Zenyatta by 31 votes and became just the fourth female to win a Horse of the Year Eclipse Award (All Along, 1983; Lady's Secret, 1986; Azeri, 2002).
Swaps won the San Vicente Stakes, the first race of his three-year-old campaign, by 3 1/2 lengths at Santa Anita Park. He went on to triumph over Nashua in the Kentucky Derby, but was in turn defeated by his rival in a $100,000 match race at Washington Park on Aug. 31, his only loss of that year.
Secretariat was shipped from Virginia to Florida to be trained by Lucien Laurin.
Odds-on favorite Affirmed, with Steve Cauthen aboard, finished second in the San Fernando Stakes at Santa Anita, beaten 2 lengths by Radar Ahead. It was their fourth consecutive defeat. Cauthen subsequently lost the mount on Affirmed to jockey Laffit Pincay Jr., who rode the horse for the remainder of his four-year-old season, winning seven races in as many starts. Affirmed was later voted Horse of the Year for 1979. Cauthen had ridden Affirmed to a Triple Crown sweep the previous year and the pair recorded 11 wins in their 16 races together.
Jockey Russell Baze passed Bill Shoemaker to take over second place on the all-time win list when he picked up his 8,834th victory aboard Hollow Memoires in the seventh race at Golden Gate Fields.
Pat Day, 40, became the tenth rider in North American racing history to ride 6,000 winners, when he rode Miss Popsnorkle to victory in the first race at Oaklawn Park.
Jockey Chris McCarron rode his first race, in which he finished last aboard Most Active, at Bowie Racecourse.