The Notebook July 18, 2013
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Allen Paulson, owner and breeder of Cigar, died in La Jolla, Calif. after a long battle with cancer. He was 78.
Six-year-old Citation, the first Thoroughbred to earn $1 million, was retired.
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.
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).
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.
Jockey Chris McCarron notched his 5,000th winner, riding I Sure Hope So to victory in the fifth race at Hollywood Park.
Opening day at Del Mar attracted 45,309 spectators, the largest crowd in Del Mar history.
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.
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
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.
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).
"Seabiscuit", starring Tobey Maguire, Chris Cooper, Jeff Bridges and jockey Gary Stevens opened in movie theatres nationwide. The film would go on to earn over $120 million at the box office and $80 million in DVD sales.
Jockey Angel Cordero Jr. rode his first winner in the U.S., Counterate, at Aqueduct Racetrack.
The New York Racing Association and the Philip Morris Corporation announced the inaugural Marlboro Cup, a race to feature Secretariat and his stablemate, Riva Ridge, that would be run Sept. 15 at Belmont Park.
In preparation for the Aug. 4 Whitney Stakes, Secretariat worked a mile at Saratoga Racecourse in 1:34 over a muddy track. His workout time was 4/5 of a second lower than the 55-year-old track record for the distance. He galloped out another eighth of a mile for a final time of 1:47 4/5, which was 2/5 of a second lower than the track record.
Jockey Kent Desormeaux scored the 5,000th win of his career after guiding Bella Attrice to victory in the 7th race at Saratoga. Desormeaux, 38, was the 23rd jockey to reach the 5,000-win mark.
Citation, then the world's leading money-winning Thoroughbred, was paraded before a crowd of 28,000 at Arlington Park in his last public appearance at a track before being retired to stud.
Jockey Angel Cordero Jr. won his 6,000th victory in the Colleen Stakes at Monmouth Park aboard Lost Kitty. He was the fourth rider in racing history to accomplish that feat.
Jockey Walter Blum rode his first career winner at Saratoga Racecourse.
In preparation for a July 31 race at Saratoga, Secretariat went three furlongs in :35.
Jockey Pat Day rode his first career winner, Forblunged, in a $2,000 claiming race at Prescott Downs, Prescott, Ariz. His mount earned $347, the winner's share of the $631 purse.
Jockey Russell Baze won his 5,000th career victory, aboard Cyrus Says, in the sixth race at Sonoma County Fair. He was the 15th rider to reach that plateau.
Jockey John Velazquez earned the 3,000 victory of his career in the second race at Saratoga aboard Runingforpresident.
Monmouth Park opened with a five day race meet.
Lava Man was retired, ending a storybook career as one of racing's best-ever claims. The seven-year-old California-bred gelding won $5,268,706; with over $5.1 million of that coming for owners STD Stable and Jason Wood, who claimed Lava Man for $50,000 in 2004.
Secretariat, ridden for the first time by Ron Turcotte, won his second victory in three starts, on opening day at Saratoga Racecourse. The pair were sent off at odds of 2-5.
Open racing resumed in place of the war-time restricted, or zoned, system in England.