26, 1950: Citation’s 16-race win streak came to an end in the La
Sorpresa Handicap at Santa Anita. Despite giving 16 pounds to the
winner, Miche, Citation, carrying 130 pounds, lost only by a neck.
Jan. 27, 1973: Penny Chenery accepted the Eclipse Award for Horse of the
Year on behalf of Secretariat, who was also voted champion two-year-old
Jan. 27, 2003: Azeri became the first female since Lady’s Secret in 1986
to receive the Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year.
Jan. 28, 1979: Bob Baffert won his first race as a Thoroughbred trainer,
saddling Flipper Star to win the second race at Rillito Park in Tucson,
Ariz. The winner’s share of the $600 purse was $330.
Jan. 28, 1999: The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and the
National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association announced the
creation of the “Claiming Crown,” a six-race event to be held at
Jan. 28, 2006: Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey rode the final race of
his career at Gulfstream Park, finishing second aboard Silver Tree in
the Sunshine Millions Turf. Bailey retired with 5,892 victories in the
saddle and his mounts earned more than $295 million.
Jan. 29, 1960: Future Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Carry Back
finished tenth in his first start ever, a three-furlong race for
two-year-old maiden runners at Hialeah. Sired by Saggy, the only horse
to defeat Citation during his three-year-old season, out of an
undistinguished mare named Joppy, Carry Back became a popular runner and
was dubbed “the people’s horse.”
Jan. 29, 1969: Patti Barton, a 24-year-old exercise rider, applied for a
jockey’s license in Las Cruces, N.M. The stewards declined to act on the
application, which if approved would have made Barton the first female
licensed jockey in Thoroughbred racing.
Jan. 29, 1973: Forego, eventual three-time Horse of the Year, 1974-76,
broke his maiden by eight lengths in his second career start, at Hialeah
Jan. 29, 2003: Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. gained his 9,500th
career win aboard Saxony in the fifth race at Santa Anita.
Jan. 29, 2007: Barbaro, the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner, was euthanized
at the New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa., due to complications
from laminitis. Barbaro had developed laminitis while recovering from an
injury to his right hind leg suffered during the 2006 Preakness Stakes.
Jan. 30, 1981: Jockey Julie Krone rode in her first race ever, finishing
second by three lengths in a six-furlong sprint for $3,500 maiden
claimers at Tampa Bay Downs.
Her mount, a 22-1 shot trained by Jerry L. Pace, was named Tiny
Jan. 30, 1992: For the second time in one month, jockey Mike Smith won
six races in one day at Aqueduct Racetrack. His first six-winner day at
Aqueduct occurred Jan. 13.
Jan. 31, 1958: Jockey Bill Shoemaker notched his 3,000th career win,
aboard Eternal Pere, in the eighth race at Santa Anita Park.
Feb. 1, 1941: Golden Gate Fields opened for its inaugural race meet.
After a five-day “season,” the track was forced to close because severe
rainstorms washed out the racing surface. The advent of World War II
prevented the facility from reopening until Sept. 9, 1947.
Feb. 1, 1999: Owner-breeder and philanthropist Paul Mellon of Rokeby
Stable died at his residence in Upperville, Va. He was 91.
Feb. 1, 2008: Jockey Russell Baze won an unprecedented 10,000th race in
North America when he guided Two Step Cat to victory in the 3rd race at
Golden Gate Fields.
Feb. 3, 1989: Apprentice jockey Nate Hubbard hung on for
second—literally—when his horse, Sweetwater Oak, stumbled near the
finish line at Golden Gate Fields and flipped the rider out of his
saddle. As he tumbled forward, Hubbard grabbed on to the filly’s neck
and hung in mid-air until the race was over. The track stewards ruled it
an official finish because Hubbard’s feet never touched the ground and
Sweetwater Oak carried her assigned weight throughout the race.
Feb. 3, 1990: Jockey Bill Shoemaker rode his final career race at Santa
Anita Park, finishing fourth aboard Patchy Groundfog in ‘The Legend’s
Last Ride.’ He retired with a then-record 8,833 wins.
Feb. 4, 1926: Wheatley Stables, formed by Mrs. Henry Carnegie Phipps,
recorded its first win ever, with a two-year-old filly named Sturdy
Feb. 4, 1997: Cigar was named Horse of the Year for the second
Feb. 4, 2005: Jockey Richard
Migliore scored his 4,000th career victory aboard Benjamin Baby in the
seventh race at Aqueduct.
Feb. 5, 1997: A six-year-old horse, Isitingood, broke the world record
for a mile—1:32 1/5—set in 1968 by Dr. Fager.
Isitingood was timed in 1:32.05 over the Santa Anita Park turf
Feb. 7, 1969: Diane Crump became the first woman jockey in America to
compete in a parimutuel race when she finished tenth of 12 aboard a 48-1
shot, three-year-old Bridle ’n Bit, in the seventh race at Hialeah Park.
Feb. 7, 1996: A racing oddity occurred at Oaklawn Park when the winners
of seven consecutive races started from the number one post position.
Feb. 7, 1999: Jockey Eddie Delahoussaye picked up his 6,000th
career victory aboard Sweetcakesanshakes in the third race at Santa
Anita Park. Delahoussaye became the 14th rider in North American racing
history to reach the 6,000-win mark.
Feb. 8, 1941: Whirlaway began his three-year-old season with a win in a
six furlong allowance race at Hialeah.