The Notebook March 13, 2013
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Jockey Edgar Prado became the 19th rider to reach the 5,000-win plateau with his victory aboard Wynn Dot Comma in the Swale Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Merrick died at age 38, establishing the longevity record for a Thoroughbred.
In his final preparation for the March 17 Bay Shore Stakes, the first race of his three-year-old season, Secretariat worked three furlongs in a blistering 32 3/5.
Bill Shoemaker gained his 7,000th career victory, aboard Charlie Whittingham-trained Royal Derby II, in the fifth race at Santa Anita Park.
Jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. became the first rider in the history of Santa Anita Park to win seven races in a single afternoon. In his only loss of the day, Pincay finished third aboard Bob Back in the eighth race.
In his three-year-old debut, Secretariat won the Bay Shore Stakes at Aqueduct by 4 lengths.
Zippy Chippy beat a Standardbred horse named Paddy's Lady at Freehold Raceway. Because the race was an exhibition, Zippy Chippy officially maintained his record of 89 starts without a victory.
The Thoroughbred Racing Association of the United States was formed, with John C. Clark as president.
Jockey Bill Shoemaker rode his first career race, at Golden Gate Fields. He finished fifth, aboard Waxahachie, in an eight-horse field.
Ramon Dominguez became the 58th jockey to win 4,000 races when he guided Fortyninegeorgest to victory in the second race at Aqueduct.
Phar Lap, legendary champion racehorse of Australia, won his only start in North America, the Agua Caliente Handicap at Agua Caliente Racecourse in Mexico. His time for the 1-mile race was 2:02 4/5, a track record. The six-year-old Phar Lap died one month later and the cause of his death remains a mystery. During his four years of racing in Australia, Phar Lap won 36 of 50 starts.
Less than two months after she became the first woman to ride in a parimutuel race in America, Diane Crump rode her first winner at Gulfstream Park.
Future Triple Crown winner Gallant Fox was foaled at Claiborne Farm, Paris, Ky.
California's first organized race for Thoroughbreds took place at the Pioneer Course in San Francisco. The city's residents added a purse of $250 to the sweepstakes, which was set at $15 each for the three competitors. T. K. Battelle's colt Boston won.
Omaha, the only Triple Crown winner to be sired by another Triple Crown winner (Gallant Fox), was foaled at Claiborne Farm, Paris, Ky.
Future Triple Crown winner Count Fleet was foaled at Stoner Creek Stud, Paris, Ky
Upset, the only horse ever to defeat Man o' War, died at age 24.
A program for nationwide televising of 10 of the richest races being run in New York and Delaware, was announced. NBC and ABC provided network coverage for the Saturday broadcasts, which were scheduled for April 18-June 20.
Assicurazioni Generali, the lead underwriter on the congenital infertility insurance on Horse of the Year Cigar, agreed to pay the $25 million claim filed by owners Allen Paulson and Coolmore Stud. Coolmore received $18.75 million and Paulson got $6.25 million, representing the parties respective 75% and 25% ownership interests.
Future Triple Crown winner Assault was foaled at King Ranch in Kingsville, Texas.
Jockey Eddie Maple won his first career race, at Ascot Park in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
Henryk de Kwiatkowski purchased Calumet Farm for $17 million at auction. He paid an additional $210,000 for the Calumet name.
Rosie Napravnik became the first female rider to win the Louisiana Derby when she rode Pants On Fire to victory en route to also becoming the first woman to win the Fair Grounds riding title.
The ABC radio network announced it would broadcast a series of major East Coast races, beginning April 4 and continuing through Nov. 14.
A group of Thoroughbred organizations, including The Jockey Club, Breeders' Cup Ltd., Keeneland Association and Oak Tree Racing Association, announced they would undertake a joint planning process to create a national coordination and marketing structure for Thoroughbred racing.
Alysheba, 1987 Kentucky Derby winner and 1988 Horse of the Year died at the Kentucky Horse Park at age 25.