The Notebook July 24, 2013

Calendar Racing to History

  • 07.252003

    "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.

  • 07.261962

    Jockey Angel Cordero Jr. rode his first winner in the U.S., Counterate, at Aqueduct Racetrack.

  • 07.261973

    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.

  • 07.271973

    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.

  • 07.272008

    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.

  • 07.281951

    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.

  • 07.281987

    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.

  • 07.291953

    Jockey Walter Blum rode his first career winner at Saratoga Racecourse.

  • 07.291972

    In preparation for a July 31 race at Saratoga, Secretariat went three furlongs in :35.

  • 07.291973

    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.

  • 07.291995

    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.

  • 07.292004

    Jockey John Velazquez earned the 3,000 victory of his career in the second race at Saratoga aboard Runingforpresident.

  • 07.301870

    Monmouth Park opened with a five day race meet.

  • 07.302008

    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.

  • 07.311972

    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.

  • 08.011945

    Open racing resumed in place of the war-time restricted, or zoned, system in England.

  • 08.021864

    America's oldest Thoroughbred racetrack, Saratoga Racecourse, opened its inaugural meet with four days of racing. Since then it has been the site of some of racing's most famous upsets. Man o' War suffered his only loss in 21 starts while racing at Saratoga, and Triple Crown champion Gallant Fox was defeated by a 100-1 shot named Jim Dandy in Saratoga's 1930 Travers, prompting the track to be called the graveyard of favorites.

  • 08.021969

    Jockey Robyn Smith, one of the first female jockeys in the U.S., won her first career race, at Ferndale.

  • 08.022004

    Smarty Jones, 2004 Kentucky and Preakness winner, was retired from racing to stand at Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Ky.

  • 08.031971

    The yearling Secretariat was shod on his front feet for the first time and transferred to the Meadow training center for breaking.

  • 08.031989

    Jockey Jorge Velasquez notched his 6,000th career victory aboard three-year-old filly Maddie Bumpo in the third race at Arlington International Racecourse.

  • 08.032000

    Fred. W. Hooper, who won the 1945 Kentucky Derby with the first horse he ever owned and went on to develop one of Florida's leading racing and breeding operations, died in his sleep in Miami, at the age of 102.

  • 08.041973

    In his first race against older horses, 1-10 favorite Secretariat was defeated in the Whitney Stakes at Saratoga by Allen Jerkens' four-year-old trainee Onion, who beat him by a length. Secretariat was subsequently found to be suffering from a virus.

  • 08.042005

    Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day announced his retirement. Day retired with 8,803 career wins (fourth-best all-time) and record purse earnings of $297,941,812.

  • 08.051988

    Trainer Dale Baird won his 5,000th career race with Stuffed Johnnie at Mountaineer Park, becoming the second trainer in history, behind Jack Van Berg, to reach that mark.

  • 08.052005

    Steve Asmussen became the 18th trainer to register 3,000 career victories when he saddled Forest Music to win the Grade II Honorable Miss Stakes at Saratoga.

  • 08.061951

    The National Museum of Racing opened in Congress Park at Saratoga Springs, N.Y. More than 2,000 people attended the opening ceremonies presided over by C.V. Whitney.

  • 08.071900

    Trainer "Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons had his first stakes winner, Agnes D., at Brighton Beach.

  • 08.071988

    Jockey Eddie Delahoussaye won his 4,000th race aboard a two-year-old filly named Fawn and Hahn in the fourth race at Del Mar.

  • 08.072010

    Zenyatta ran her record to a perfect 18-for-18 while winning the Grade I Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar for a third time.

  • 08.072010

    Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott saddled his 4,000th career winner when he sent out Mystic to capture the seventh race at Saratoga.

  • 08.081970

    Jockey Bill Shoemaker gained his 6,000th career victory, aboard Shining Count at Del Mar.

  • 08.081987

    Kent Desormeaux set the record for most stakes wins by an apprentice jockey, 13, aboard King's Snow in the Primer Stakes at Pimlico. The previous record, 10, was held by Steve Cauthen.

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