Oct. 25, 1870: Pimlico, the nation’s second-oldest Thoroughbred racetrack, began its inaugural meet.
Oct. 25, 1947: After winning the Gallant Fox Handicap at Jamaica, a former $1,500 claimer, Stymie, became the world’s leading money-winning Thoroughbred, with earnings of $816,060. Stymie raced two additional years and retired in 1949, at age eight, with lifetime winnings of $918,485.
Oct. 25, 2003: Trainer Richard Mandella set a single-day record winning four Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships races at Santa Anita. Mandella saddled Halfbridled to victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies; Action This Day in the Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile; Johar to a dead-heat win in the John Deere Breeders’ Cup Turf; and Pleasantly Perfect in the $4 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, Powered by Dodge. The Johar dead heat with High Chaparral in the Turf marked the first dead heat in Breeders’ Cup history. And in guiding Halfbridled to victory, jockey Julie Krone became the first woman to ride the winner of a Breeders’ Cup flat race.
Oct. 26, 1949: Bill Shoemaker rode to his first stakes victory, the George Marshall Claiming Handicap at Bay Meadows, aboard a five-year-old horse named Al.
Oct. 26, 1990: Jockey Julie Krone rode her 2,000th career winner, aboard John Forbes-trained Rainbow Quartz, at The Meadowlands.
Oct. 26, 1996: The Breeders’ Cup was held outside the U.S. for the first time, at Woodbine Racecourse in Toronto, Canada. At Woodbine, Jenine Sahadi became the first female trainer to saddle a Breeders’ Cup winner when she sent Lit de Justice to victory in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
Oct. 27, 1870: Preakness won the Dinner Stakes at the newly opened Pimlico Racecourse. In 1873, the first Preakness Stakes, a race was named in his honor, was held at Pimlico.
Oct. 27, 1990: Bayakoa (ARG) became the second horse to win two consecutive Breeders’ Cup Championship races. Both of her victories came in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff.
Oct. 27, 2001: Tiznow, 2000 Breeders’ Cup Classic champion and Horse of the Year, won the $4 million Breeders’ Cup Classic for a second straight year, outdueling European sensation Sakhee in the stretch at the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Belmont Park.
Oct. 27, 2001: Participants in the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships donated more than $2.7 million from their purse earnings to the NTRA Charities - New York Heroes Fund, established to benefit the children and spouses of the firefighters, police officers, emergency workers and other victims who perished in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Sheikh Mohammed’s Dubai-based Godolphin stable, which pledged 100 percent of its Breeders’ Cup earnings to the Heroes Fund, donated approximately $2.5 million on the day, thanks in part to wins by two of his horses, Fantastic Light and Tempera.
Oct. 27, 2001, Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel saw his 0-for-38 streak in Breeders' Cup races come to an end when Squirtle Squirt won the Breeders' Cup Sprint.
Oct. 27, 2011: Five-year-old gelding Rapid Redux registered his 19th consecutive victory in the sixth race at Laurel Park, equaling the consecutive-win mark held jointly by Zenyatta and Peppers Pride.
Oct. 28, 1972: Secretariat, sent off at odds of 1-10, won the Laurel Futurity by eight lengths at Laurel.
Oct. 28, 1973: With jockey Eddie Maple substituting for Ron Turcotte, who was sidelined by a suspension, Secretariat concluded his racing career with a 6 1-2-length victory in the Canadian International Championship Stakes at Woodbine Racecourse. It was his second victory in as many tries on the turf.
Oct. 28, 1983: Jacinto Vasquez had his 4,000th career winner, aboard Sunshine O’My Life, at Aqueduct.
Oct. 28, 2000: Laffit Pincay Jr. gained his 9,000th career victory aboard Chichim in the $150,000 California Cup Distaff at Santa Anita Park.
Oct. 29, 1948: Calumet Farm’s three-year-old Citation entered the Pimlico Invitational Special Stakes unopposed and won in a walkover, earning $10,000 for galloping the 1 3-16 mile course in 1:59 4-5. Another great Calumet runner, Whirlaway, also won the Special in a walkover in 1942.
Oct. 29, 1955: Charlie Whittingham and Bill Shoemaker scored their first stakes victory as a trainer-rider team with Mister Gus in the William P. Kyne Handicap at Bay Meadows.
Oct. 29, 1998: Triple Crown winner and 1970s icon Secretariat was selected as one of 15 subjects to be honored with a commemorative postal stamp in 1999.
Oct. 30, 1937: Sir Barton, the first American Triple Crown winner, died at age 21. After an undistinguished career as a sire, Sir Barton was sent to the U.S. Army’s Remount Division in Nebraska, and then to a ranch in Wyoming, where he remained until his death.
Oct. 30, 1988: After the blinkers on his mount, Roaring River, worked loose, jockey Francisco Torres grabbed them and placed them between his teeth to keep his hands free for riding. Roaring River won the race, at Hawthorne, by three lengths.
Oct. 31, 1944: The saddle cloth numbers of the first five race winners at Jamaica corresponded to the number of the race in which each horse started.
Oct. 31, 1964: Seven-year-old Kelso won his fifth consecutive Jockey Club Gold Cup, a record. In each of those races, Kelso was the odds-on favorite.
Oct. 31, 1987: Jockey Chris Antley became the first rider to win nine races in a single day. He rode four winners from six mounts at Aqueduct and five winners from eight tries during The Meadowlands’ evening program.
Oct. 31, 2002: Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone returned to race riding after a two-year absence. She finished fifth aboard both of her mounts on the day at Santa Anita Park.
Oct. 31, 2003: Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel broke D. Wayne Lukas’ North American single season earnings record of $17,842,358 set in 1988 after saddling Golden Rahy to victory in the seventh race at Santa Anita.
Oct. 31, 2007: Trainer Scott Lake registered the 4,000th win of his career when he saddled Hickory Trick to victory in the 8th race at Penn National.
Nov. 1, 1944: Racing returned to Hollywood Park after a three-year hiatus, which followed the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Nov. 1, 1938: Before a crowd of 40,000 spectators, Seabiscuit, under jockey George Woolf, defeated odds-on favorite War Admiral in the Pimlico Special, run as a winner-take-all match race with a purse of $15,000.
Nov. 1, 1947: Man o’ War died at Faraway Farm, Lexington, Ky. He lay in state for three days before being ceremoniously buried on Nov. 4.
Nov. 2, 1968: John Nerud-trained Dr. Fager, carrying 139 pounds, won the last race of his career, the seven-furlong Vosburgh Handicap at Aqueduct, by six lengths. Dr. Fager was subsequently named champion handicap horse, champion sprinter, turf champion and Horse of the Year.
Nov. 2, 1985: Trainer D. Wayne Lukas won his first Breeders’ Cup race, the Juvenile Fillies, with Twilight Ridge.
Nov. 2, 1991: Arazi unleashed a powerful move on the far turn at Churchill Downs to capture the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile by five lengths over Bertrando.
Nov. 2, 2008: Broodmare of the year Better Than Honour (dam of Jazil and Rags to Riches, the 2006-07 Belmont Stakes winners, respectively) was sold for a record $14 million at the Fasig-Tipton sale in Lexington, Ky.
Nov. 3, 1923: Tanforan, in suburban San Francisco, opened for a 25-day, non-betting meet.
Nov. 3, 2003: Cash Run, winner of the 1999 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, sold for a world record broodmare price of $7.1 million at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale in Lexington, Ky.
Nov. 4, 1927: Bateau was disqualified from her third-place finish in the Pimlico Futurity after her jockey, Earl Sande, used the filly to ram the future Kentucky Derby winner, Reigh Count, into the rail. Sande subsequently was suspended for his action.
Nov. 5, 1988: Miesque became the first horse to win two consecutive Breeders’ Cup Championship races when she won the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Churchill Downs.
Nov. 5, 1988: Julie Krone became the first female jockey to compete in the Breeders’ Cup when she rode Darby Shuffle to a second-place finish in the Juvenile Fillies.
Nov. 5, 1988: Ogden Phipps’ four-year-old filly Personal Ensign concluded her racing career with a 13-for-13 lifetime record when she edged Winning Colors by a nose to win the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Churchill Downs. She was the first American racehorse to retire undefeated in major competition since Colin in 1908.
Nov. 5, 2004: Trainer Dale Baird became the first trainer to reach 9000 wins when Frazee’s Folly captured the eighth race at Mountaineer Park in Chester, W. Va.
Nov. 5, 2011: Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott won his second “Classic” in 24 hours when Drosselmeyer captured the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs. A day earlier, Mott saddled Royal Delta to victory in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic.
Nov. 5, 2011: Three-time Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Goldikova was denied her fourth consecutive win in the race by 64-1 long shot Court Vision. Goldikova finished third.
Nov. 5, 2011: Joseph O’Brien, 18, became the youngest jockey to win a Breeders’ Cup race when he guided St Nicholas Abbey to victory in the Breeders’ Cup Turf. St Nicholas Abbey was trained by Joseph’s father, the legendary Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien.
Nov. 6, 1946: Three fillies from Argentina arrived at Newark Airport, having made a journey of 8,250 miles, the then-longest flight ever for horses.
Nov. 6, 1973: Secretariat was paraded before 33,000 fans at Aqueduct, as his final appearance at a racetrack before retirement to stud at Claiborne Farm.
Nov. 6, 1993: The Breeders’ Cup was simulcast to England for wagering purposes for the first time.
Nov. 6, 1993: Lure became the fourth horse to win consecutive Breeders’ Cup events when he won the Breeders’ Cup Mile. The three previous runners with consecutive victories were Miesque, Bayakoa (ARG) and Morley Street (IRE), the latter a two-time winner in the steeplechase division.
Nov. 6, 2010: Zenyatta’s 19-race undefeated streak ended when she was beaten by a head by Blame in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs.
Nov. 6, 2010: Goldikova became the first horse to win three Breeders’ Cup races when she scored her third consecutive triumph in the TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile.
Nov. 7, 1998: Skip Away finished sixth to Awesome Again in the Breeders’ Cup Classic and was denied the title of racing's all-time leading money earner. Skip Away was retired after the race with earnings of $9,616,360, second to Cigar, whose earnings total $9,999,815.
Nov. 7, 2005: Ashado, the second-leading female money winner of all time, was sold at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum for $9 million, a world record auction price for a broodmare.
Nov. 7, 2007: Mario Pino became the 15th jockey in North America to win 6,000 races when he piloted Pass Play to victory in the 7th race at Laurel Park.