The Notebook January 31, 2013
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Jockey Bill Shoemaker notched his 3,000th career win, aboard Eternal Pere, in the eighth race at Santa Anita Park.
Golden Gate Fields opened for its inaugural race meet. After a five-day season, the track was forced to close because severe rainstorms washed out the racing surface. The advent of World War II prevented the facility from reopening until Sept. 9, 1947.
Owner-breeder and philanthropist Paul Mellon of Rokeby Stable died at his residence in Upperville, Va. He was 91.
Jockey Russell Baze won an unprecedented 10,000th race in North America when he guided Two Step Cat to victory in the 3rd race at Golden Gate Fields.
Apprentice jockey Nate Hubbard hung on for second, literally, when his horse Sweetwater Oak, stumbled near the finish line at Golden Gate Fields and flipped the rider out of his saddle. As he tumbled forward, Hubbard grabbed on to the filly's neck and hung in mid-air until the race was over. The track stewards ruled it an official finish because Hubbard's feet never touched the ground and Sweetwater Oak carried her assigned weight throughout the race.
Jockey Bill Shoemaker rode his final career race at Santa Anita Park, finishing fourth aboard Patchy Groundfog in The Legend's Last Ride. He retired with a then-record 8,833 wins.
Wheatley Stables, formed by Mrs. Henry Carnegie Phipps, recorded its first win ever with a two-year-old filly named Sturdy Stella.
Cigar was named Horse of the Year for the second consecutive year.
Jockey Richard Migliore scored his 4,000th career victory aboard Benjamin Baby in the seventh race at Aqueduct.
A six-year-old horse, Isitingood, broke the world record for a mile 1:32 1/5 set in 1968 by Dr. Fager. Isitingood was timed in 1:32.05 over the Santa Anita Park turf course.
Diane Crump became the first woman jockey in America to compete in a parimutuel race when she finished tenth of 12 aboard a 48-1 shot, three-year-old Bridle n' Bit, in the seventh race at Hialeah Park.
A racing oddity occurred at Oaklawn Park when the winners of seven consecutive races started from the number one post position.
Jockey Eddie Delahoussaye picked up his 6,000th career victory aboard Sweetcakesanshakes in the third race at Santa Anita Park. Delahoussaye became the 14th rider in North American racing history to reach the 6,000-win mark.
Whirlaway began his three-year-old season with a win in a six furlong allowance race at Hialeah.
The Jockey Club was incorporated. As originally conceived, it was to assume the management of racing, previously overseen by the Board of Control. Included in The Jockey Club's functions were licensing, allotment of racing dates, appointment of officials and the interpretation and enforcement of racing rules.
After a year's absence from competition, seven-year-old Seabiscuit, champion handicap horse of 1937 and 1938, returned to racing at Santa Anita, where he finished third in a handicap race. Seabiscuit ran three more races in 1940, concluding his career with a win in the Santa Anita Handicap.
Jockey Chris McCarron rode his first winner, a five-year-old gelding named Erezev, at Bowie Racecourse. By year's end, McCarron had established a then-record number of winners for a single season with 546. Fifteen years later, on Nov. 30, 1989, jockey Kent Desormeaux eclipsed that mark.
USA Today named jockey Julie Krone one of America's 10 toughest athletes.
Undefeated two-year-old Champion Favorite Trick was named 1997 Horse of the Year.
Jockey Edgar Prado earned the 6,000th win of his career when he guided Sumphin to victory in the 6th race at Gulfstream Park. Prado became the 16th jockey in history to win 6,000 races.
The Jockey Club released data showing that as of 1932, the U.S. had surpassed Great Britain and Ireland in foal production for the first time, to become the world's leading producer of Thoroughbreds.
Julie Krone rode her first career winner, a $3,500 claimer named Lord Farkle, in the sixth race at Tampa Bay Downs.