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News and notes from around the Thoroughbred racing world, compiled by NTRA Communications, (212) 907-9280.

OH, YES, IT'S LADIES NIGHT...AT HOOSIER PARK

Some of the nation's top female jockeys, handicappers and commentators will descend on Hoosier Park this Saturday night as part of a special "Ladies Night" at the Andersonville, Ind., racetrack.

Three races on the Hoosier card will be all-female-rider events, featuring Zoe Cadman, leading rider at Hawthorne Race Course in Cicero, Ill. last spring, along with Greta Kuntzweiler, Kristina Knorr, Cynthia Herman-Medina, Joddie Fortner, Angela Owens, Beth Butler, Bonnie Casteneda, Rhonda Collins and Cindy Noll.

A special handicapping seminar will also be staged, featuring TVG commentator Caton Bredar, Debra Giglio from Del Mar, and Beulah Park's Jenna and Katie Felty, who are known as "The Beulah Twins." Also on hand will be Betsy Berns, author of the popular new book "The Female Fan Guide to Thoroughbred Racing." The book will be distributed to the first 1,000 females through the Hoosier admission gates, and Berns will be available throughout the evening to sign copies. Berns's book contains information on handicapping, wagering, racing terminology and even tips on throwing a great Kentucky Derby party.

The evening, which will include the seventh running of the $100,000 Hoosier Debutante for two-year-old fillies, offers free admission plus a $2.00 wagering coupon to all women.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TV SHOW TO FOCUS ON BREEDING

Can science build a better racehorse through genetics? That's the question that will be examined this coming Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 9:00-10:00 p.m. (ET) on National Geographic Channel's "Science Times." The program segment, titled "The Gamble," will also take an inside look at horse breeding and training around the world and feature an interview with Nick Nicholson, president of Keeneland.

FASIG-TIPTON TO AUCTION STALLION SEASONS, OTHER ITEMS FOR HEROES FUND

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today announced that stallion seasons to Point Given, Artax, Unbridled's Song and Free House, as well as equine art and packages for major sporting events in 2002 will be auctioned by Fasig-Tipton on Friday, Nov. 9, to benefit the NTRA Charities - New York Heroes Fund. The Heroes benefit auction, featuring a cocktail reception at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky, Inc. dining room, is part of the Stallion Access sale that begins at 7:30 p.m. (ET). The sale of items to benefit the Heroes Fund is expected to begin at approximately 8:30 p.m. (ET). More

RACING ON THE AIR (all times Eastern)

November 10 Racehorse Digest, 5:30-6:00 a.m., ESPN

November 14 Racehorse Digest, 2:00-2:30 p.m., ESPN2

November 17 Racehorse Digest, 5:30-6:00 a.m., ESPN

November 18 AQHA 2Day at the Races, Texas Classic Futurity Trials (Lone Star Park), Texas Classic Derby Trials (Lone Star Park), Marathon Handicap (Los Alamitos), 5:30-6:00 p.m., ESPN2

November 21 Racehorse Digest, 2:00-2:30 p.m., ESPN2

RACING TO HISTORY

Nov. 8, 1997: Favorite Trick won the Breeder's Cup Juvenile, concluding an 8-for-8 two-year-old campaign. Favorite Trick would later be voted 1997 Horse of the Year.

Nov. 8, 2000: The New York Racing Association announced that it would begin using the color-coded saddlecloths adopted by many other racetracks around the country.

Nov. 9, 1957: Wheatley Stable's Bold Ruler, with Eddie Arcaro aboard, won the Trenton Handicap in a wire-to-wire victory over Gallant Man and Round Table in a three-horse race. Bold Ruler was subsequently named Horse of the Year off this performance.

Nov. 9, 1972: Secretariat worked seven furlongs in 1:25 4-5 at Garden State Park in preparation for the final race of his two-year-old season, the Garden State Stakes on Nov. 18.

Nov. 9, 1988: Laffit Pincay Jr. became the second jockey in history to win 7,000 races when he won the seventh race at Hollywood Park aboard Phone Bid.

Nov. 9, 1998: A world-record-equaling bid of $7 million was made by Jayeff B Stable for the broodmare Korveya at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. The only other broodmare sold for $7 million was Miss Oceana, who went through the auction ring in 1985.

Nov. 9, 2000: The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and CBS Sports announced an agreement to broadcast the "NTRA Champions" series featuring the best older horses in the country on both dirt and turf.

Nov. 10, 1978: Jockey Patrick Valenzuela won his first career race, aboard Parker Petite, at Sunland Park, New Mexico.

Nov. 10, 1984: The inaugural Breeders' Cup was run at Hollywood Park. The highlight of the seven Breeders' Cup races, the Classic, pitted Wild Again, Gate Dancer and Slew o' Gold, who was the odds-on favorite despite having a well-publicized hoof injury. After a furious drive to the wire, which involved considerable bumping among the three horses, Wild Again prevailed, but Gate Dancer was disqualified from his second-place finish for interference and was placed third, behind Slew o' Gold.

Nov. 11, 1973: Secretariat was flown to Claiborne Farm to begin his stud career.

Nov. 11, 1978: At age four, 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew won his last race, the Stuyvesant Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack, by 3¼ lengths.

Nov. 12, 1904: Four-year-old Machine Gun carried 159 pounds, believed to be the highest impost in a winning effort on the flat, at Riccarton in New Zealand. Time for the five-furlong race was :58.

Nov. 12, 1999, Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, a driving force behind American racing, died in Mill Neck, N.Y., at age 87.

Nov. 14, 1997: Jockey Eddie Arcaro, a 1958 Racing Hall of Fame inductee and the only two-time winner of the Triple Crown, died of cancer at his home in Miami at age 81.

Nov. 15, 1990: Alydar, one of the top sires in America and runner-up in all three Triple Crown races to Affirmed, was euthanized at Calumet Farm.

Nov. 15, 1995: Jockey Julie Krone rode her 3,000th career winner, in the fourth race at Aqueduct, aboard Dustin's Dreamer.

Nov. 16, 1951: The Pimlico Special, then a winner-take-all $15,000 contest, became the first race to be televised nationally. The winner was C.T. Chenery's Bryan G.

Nov. 17, 2000: Officials of Breeders' Cup Limited announced the addition of an interactive stallion nomination system to the company's Website.

Nov. 18, 1961: Jockey Eddie Arcaro rode his last career race, finishing third on Endymion in the Pimlico Futurity. He retired with a then-record $30,039,543 in purses.

Nov. 18, 1972: Secretariat capped his two-year-old racing season with a 3½ length victory in the Garden State Stakes at Garden State Park. The winner's share of the purse was $179,199, the most Secretariat ever won in a single race.

Nov. 18, 1979: In the eighth race at Aqueduct, Laffit Pincay Jr. had his 4,000th career win, aboard Gladiolus.

Nov. 19, 1956: Jockey Fernando Toro won his first career race at the Hipodromo in Santiago, Chile.

Nov. 19, 1995: Jockey Russell Baze became the first rider to have won 400 races a year for four consecutive years, after he rode Royal Boutique to victory at Golden Gate Fields.

Nov. 21, 1971: Secretariat completed his preliminary training at Meadow training center.

WEEKEND STAKES RACES (unrestricted stakes worth $75,000 and up)

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9
Chief Pennekeck Handicap, 3&up, $100,000, 6F, Meadowlands

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10
Long Island Handicap, 3&up (f&m), $150,000, Grade II, 1½ M (T), Aqueduct
Autumn Stakes, 3&up, $150,000, Grade III, 1 1/16 M, Woodbine
Cardinal Handicap, 3&up (f&m), $150,000, Grade III, 1 1/8 M (T), Churchill Downs
Hoosier Debutante Stakes, 2yo fillies, $100,000, 6F, Hoosier Park
Matiara Stakes, 3yo fillies, $100,000, 1 1/8 M (T), Hollywood Park
Crème Fraiche Handicap, 3&up, $100,000, 1 3/16 M, Meadowlands
Great Falls Stakes, 3yo, $100,000, 6F, Meadowlands
Ready Jet Go Stakes, 3&up (f&m), $100,000, 6F, Meadowlands

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11
River City Handicap, 3&up, $150,000, Grade III, 1 1/8 M (T), Churchill Downs
Glorious Song Stakes, 2yo fillies, $100,000, 7F, Woodbine

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