The Notebook July 11, 2013

Calendar Racing to History

  • 07.121971

    Bold Ruler, sire of 82 stakes winners, including Secretariat, died at Claiborne Farm.

  • 07.131986

    Jockey Kent Desormeaux rode his first winner, a three-year-old filly named Miss Tavern, in the fifth race at Evangeline Downs.

  • 07.131996

    Cigar tied Citation's record of 16 consecutive victories, winning the Citation Challenge at Arlington International Racecourse.

  • 07.132006

    The condition of injured Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro took a turn for the worse when it was discovered that the colt has developed acute laminitis in his left hind foot.

  • 07.132007

    Funny Cide, winner of the 2003 Kentucky Derby, was retired. The popular New York-bred gelding then began a second career as a stable pony.

  • 07.141951

    In his last race, Calumet Farm's six-year-old Citation won the Hollywood Gold Cup by four lengths, and became racing's first millionaire horse.

  • 07.141999

    Television Games Network (TVG) made its official debut with horse racing programming available to 1.1 million C-band satellite homes though Superstar/Netlink Group, the nation's largest satellite programming provider.

  • 07.151966

    Dr. Fager won his first race by seven lengths at Aqueduct racetrack. He was sent off at odds of 10-1.

  • 07.151972

    After finishing fourth in his racing debut on July 4, Secretariat won his first race, under jockey Paul Feliciano. The six-length victory occurred at Aqueduct.

  • 07.151987

    Jack Van Berg became the first trainer to win 5,000 races when he sent Art's Chandelle, a $10,000 claimer, to victory at Arlington Park.

  • 07.151999

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) confirmed that it had completed its purchase of the horseracing assets of Winner Communications via its newly formed subsidiary, NTRA Investments LLC.

  • 07.152000

    Three-year-old filly Hallowed Dreams kept her record perfect and tied Cigar's and Citation's mark of 16 consecutive wins by taking the Dixie Miss Stakes at Louisiana Downs.

  • 07.161998

    Breeders' Cup Limited announced that a new $1 million turf race for fillies and mares would be added to Breeders' Cup Championship Day beginning in 1999. The race would be called the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf and would be run at 1 1/4 miles.

  • 07.171975

    Jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. notched his 3,000th career victory, aboard Lexington Lark at Hollywood Park.

  • 07.171994

    Former jockey Angel Cordero Jr. had his first stakes victory as a trainer when he sent Holy Mountain to win the Lexington Stakes at Belmont Park. Cordero was officiating on behalf of Holy Mountain's regular trainer, Bob Klesaris, who was serving a suspension.

  • 07.172011

    Trainer Linda Rice became the fifth woman to win 1,000 races when she saddled Sextant to win the ninth race at Belmont Park.

  • 07.181942

    Garden State Park officially opened. A crowd of 31,682 welcomed the return of racing to New Jersey after a 49-year absence.

  • 07.181989

    The last Northern Dancer foal to be sold at public auction, later named Northern Park, was purchased by Zenya Yoshida for $2.8 million. In 30 starts over four years in France, Northern Park compiled a 4-7-4 record.

  • 07.181993

    Jockey Gary Stevens topped $100 million in purse earnings after winning the seventh race at Hollywood Park aboard Don't Presume (GB).

  • 07.182007

    Del Mar unveils its new Polytrack racing surface before a record opening day crowd of 42,842.

  • 07.182008

    Pinnacle Race Course opened for its first season of racing in Huron Township, Michigan.

  • 07.192000

    Allen Paulson, owner and breeder of Cigar, died in La Jolla, Calif. after a long battle with cancer. He was 78.

  • 07.201951

    Six-year-old Citation, the first Thoroughbred to earn $1 million, was retired.

  • 07.201974

    Carl Rosen's Chris Evert trounced Miss Musket by 50 lengths in the world's richest match race, a $350,000 winner-take-all contest at Hollywood Park.

  • 07.201988

    John Galbreath, founder of Darby Dan Farm, died at age 90. He was the first person to have owned and bred winners of the Kentucky Derby (Chateaugay and Proud Clarion) and the Epsom Derby (Roberto).

  • 07.202009

    Jockey Rosemary Homeister Jr. became Thoroughbred racing's second winningest female jockey when she rode Gambles List to victory in the third race at Colonial Downs. The win was the 2,138th of Homeister's career. Julie Krone holds the all-time record for wins by a female rider with 3,704.

  • 07.211989

    Jockey Chris McCarron notched his 5,000th winner, riding I Sure Hope So to victory in the fifth race at Hollywood Park.

  • 07.212010

    Opening day at Del Mar attracted 45,309 spectators, the largest crowd in Del Mar history.

  • 07.221999

    Dale Baird, the winningest trainer in history, recorded his 8,000th victory at Mountaineer Race Track in Chester, W.V., sending out Midsummer Scene to take the 6th race.

  • 07.231947

    Early Edition, Hunter's Sun and Brown Jewel, all offspring of the sire Hunter's Moon IV, finished 1-2-3, respectively, in a race at Hollywood Park

  • 07.231985

    A bay colt, Seattle Dancer, son of Nijinsky II and the mare My Charmer, sold to Robert Sangster for $13.1 million, the record price for a Thoroughbred. Seattle Dancer, a half brother to 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, raced five times as a three-year-old to earn less than $150,000 from two wins, one second and one third before he was retired. The previous record for a horse sold at auction was $10.2 million, paid by Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum in 1983 for Snaafi Dancer, who never raced.

  • 07.232012

    Jockey Tammi Piermarini became the third-winningest female rider of all time after riding three winners at Suffolk Downs to bring her total to 2,139.  Piermarini moved ahead of Patti Cooksey and trailed only the retired Julie Krone (3,704) and the still-active Rosemary Homeister Jr. (2,527).

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