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TWENTY SET TO GO SATURDAY IN 128TH KENTUCKY DERBY
A maximum allowable field of twenty horses was finalized yesterday for the 128th Kentucky Derby, the first jewel of horseracing's Triple Crown for three-year-olds, to be run at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.
Heading the field is this year's Florida Derby and Toyota Blue Grass Stakes winner Harlan's Holiday. The Ohio-bred son of Harlan was made the lukewarm 9-2 morning line favorite for the Run for the Roses. Harlan's Holiday will break from post 14.
Among those ready to challenge Harlan's Holiday is Johannesburg, last year's Eclipse Award Champion as top two-year-old colt. Johannesburg shipped over from his home base in Ireland to win last year's Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Belmont Park in New York. No horse has ever won both the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and the Kentucky Derby in the Juvenile's 18-year history. For the Kentucky Derby, Johannesburg has once again shipped to the United States from Ireland. He will break from post 1 and be ridden by Gary Stevens, subbing for regular rider Mick Kinane, who was suspended recently for a riding violation in Europe.
Post time for the Kentucky Derby is set for 6:03 p.m. (ET). The race will be televised live on NBC during a 90-minute telecast that will begin Saturday at 5:00 p.m. (ET)
CIGAR, SERENA'S SONG, DELP AMONG FIVE TO ENTER HALL OF FAME
Cigar and Serena's Song have been elected to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility, it was announced this week. Those two champions of the 1990s are joined by other new Hall of Fame electees Bud Delp, the trainer of Spectacular Bid; jockey Jack Westrope, a star of the 1930s, '40s and '50s; and champion Noor in the Horse of Yesteryear category.
Bred and raced by the late Allen Paulson, Cigar was Horse of the Year in both 1995 and 1996. From 1994 into the 1996 season, he compiled a winning streak of 16 races, tying the modern mark for major North American horses set by the great Citation from 1948-50.
The filly Serena's Song won five grade I races at three and was voted champion three-year-old filly of 1995. She added three more grade I victories at four and had a career record of 18 wins from 38 starts. Serena's Song set a North American career distaff earnings record of $3,283,388.
In the trainer category, Grover "Bud" Delp has campaigned 68 stakes-winning runners and has an overall record of 3,533 (21%) wins from 17,121 starts. Through 2001, his runners had earned a total of $37,525,401. Delp is most frequently associated with Spectacular Bid, the gray colt he trained to three consecutive championship seasons.
Jockey Jack Westrope rode in the era of Eddie Arcaro, John Longden and George Woolf, bursting onto the scene as America's leading apprentice at the age of 15 in 1933. He rode for 26 years, then was fatally injured when thrown into the rail by Well Away in the 1958 Hollywood Oaks. Westrope's many major triumphs included a defeat of Seabiscuit while aboard three-year-old champion Stagehand in the 1938 Santa Anita Handicap, the San Juan Capistrano and Suburban Handicap on Cravat and the Delaware Oaks on champion filly Parlo.
Noor was elected in the Horse of Yesteryear category for horses that last raced 25 years or more ago. As champion handicap horse of 1950, Noor authored a memorable string of four consecutive victories over Citation, the 1948 Triple Crown winner.
NTRA, TRIPLE CROWN PRODUCTIONS RENEW WITH ESPN THROUGH 2008
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Triple Crown Productions and ESPN reached an agreement to renew multiple horseracing series and special event programming through 2008, the three organizations announced.The agreement extends ESPN's two major live racing series on ESPN and ESPN2: "CITGO Racing to the Kentucky Derby," a nine-show series featuring the key prep races for the VISA Triple Crown, and the "Road To The World Thoroughbred Championships," a 17-show series of prep races from the United States, Canada and Europe for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. More
LONG JOHN SILVER'S TO SPONSOR BREEDERS' CUP RACE
Long John Silver's has become the newest title sponsor for the $13 million, eight-race Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and Breeders' Cup Limited announced this week. More
FREE ONLINE HANDICAPPING CONTEST BEGINS TOMORROW
The AQHA Dash to the Challenge Online Handicapping Contest enters its fourth year, with the contest registration period set to begin tomorrow.
The winner of the online contest will receive two prizes including $1,000 in cash and free entry (including airfare and hotel) to the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas, which features a grand prize of $100,000. Prizes also will be awarded for the second-place ($500 cash) and third-place ($250 cash) finishers, as well as additional prizes for each of the nine individual legs of the contest. The nine contest races will take place from May 11 to August 31.
After registering for the Dash to the Challenge Online Contest, players will select one horse in each of the nine contest legs as the contest progresses. Points will be earned based on the first, second or third-place finish of a player's horse and will vary depending on the odds of the horse, with more points earned for longshots than for favorites. The player with the most points at the end of the contest will be the winner. Players do not need to enter all nine legs to win, but it is to their advantage to enter as many legs as possible. This is a free contest with no purchase necessary.
For complete information, visit The American Quarter Horse Racing Journal Online at www.aqharacing.com starting May 3 or earlier.
May 2 Run for the Roses; "The 1960s," 11:00-11:30 a.m., ESPN2
May 2 Run for the Roses; "The 1970s," 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., ESPN2
May 2 Wire to Wire, 2:00-2:30 p.m., ESPN2
May 2 Thoroughbred Classics Presented by the NTRA, Kentucky Derby, 5:30-6:00 p.m., ESPN Classic
May 3 Breakfast at Churchill Downs, 7:00-11:00 a.m., ESPN2
May 3 Thoroughbred Classics Presented by the NTRA, Kentucky Derby, 9:30-10:00 a.m., ESPN Classic
May 3 Run for the Roses; "The 1980s," 11:00-11:30 a.m., ESPN2
May 3 Run for the Roses; "The 1990s," 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., ESPN2
May 3 2Day at Churchill Downs; Aegon Turf Sprint Stakes, Louisville Breeders' Cup Handicap, Crown Royal American Turf Stakes (Churchill Downs); 3:00-5:00 p.m., ESPN2
May 3 Kentucky Oaks (Churchill Downs), 5:00-6:00 p.m., ESPN2
May 3 Handicapping the Derby, 7:00-7:30 p.m., ESPN2
May 4 Wire to Wire, 5:30-6:00 a.m., ESPN
May 4 Breakfast at Churchill Downs, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., ESPN2
May 4 Thoroughbred Classics Presented by the NTRA, Kentucky Derby, 9:30-10:00 a.m., ESPN Classic
May 4 2Day at the Kentucky Derby; Churchill Downs Handicap, Three Chimneys Juvenile Stakes (Churchill Downs); 12:00-2:30 p.m., ESPN2
May 4 Kentucky Derby Special; Citgo Distaff Turf Mile, Humana Distaff Handicap, Woodford Reserve Turf Classic Stakes (Churchill Downs), 2:30-5:00 p.m., ESPN
May 4 Kentucky Derby (Churchill Downs), 5:00-6:30 p.m., NBC
May 4 Kentucky Derby 2002, 6:30-7:00 p.m., ESPN2
May 5 Kentucky Derby 2002, 1:00-1:30 p.m., ESPN
May 8 Wire to Wire, 2:00-2:30 p.m., ESPN2
May 11 Wire to Wire, 5:30-6:00 a.m., ESPN
May 12 NTRA 2Day at the Races; Genuine Risk Handicap (Belmont Park), Lone Star Derby (Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie); 5:30-6:00 p.m., ESPN2
May 14 Thoroughbred Classics Presented by the NTRA, Preakness Stakes, 5:30-6:00 p.m., ESPN Classic
May 15 Wire to Wire, 2:00-2:30 p.m., ESPN2
May 15 Preakness Stakes Post Position Draw, 5:00-6:00 p.m., ESPN
May 2, 1904: Laska Durnell became the first woman to own a Kentucky Derby starter and winner when longshot Elwood took the 30th Run for the Roses. Elwood, the only Missouri-bred to win the Kentucky Derby, was also the first Derby winner to be bred by a woman, Mrs. J.B. Prather.
May 2, 1934: Future Triple Crown winner War Admiral was foaled at Faraway Farm, Lexington, Ky.
May 2, 1953: Native Dancer suffered his only defeat in 22 starts. He finished second in the Kentucky Derby as the 7-10 favorite, beaten a head by a 25-1 shot, Dark Star. Going into the Derby, Native Dancer had 11 consecutive wins.
May 2, 1970: Diane Crump became the first female jockey to ride in the Kentucky Derby. Her mount, Fathom, finished 15th in a field of 17.
May 2, 1981: The first simulcast of the Kentucky Derby took place, with three outlets -- Centennial Park, Longacres Racecourse and Yakima Meadows -- receiving the signal. Total simulcast wagering was $455,163. The Derby simulcast was suspended for the next two years, pending approval by Kentucky horsemen, and was reinstated in 1984.
May 2, 2000: Jockey Julie Krone became the first female elected to Thoroughbred racing's Hall of Fame.
May 3, 1769: Namesake of racing's annual awards, Eclipse made his first public appearance in a heat race at Epsom, England. The chestnut won his first trial easily, prompting gambler Dennis O'Kelly to predict "Eclipse first, the rest nowhere" at the start of the second heat. O'Kelly's forecast was correct. Eclipse won the second four-mile race by nearly ¼ mile.
May 3, 1902: Jockey James Winkfield, the last African American rider to win the Kentucky Derby, won his second consecutive Derby aboard Alan-a-Dale.
May 3, 1952: The first coast-to-coast, network-televised Kentucky Derby aired on CBS. Favorite Hill Gail won the Derby, giving his jockey Eddie Arcaro a record fifth victory in the Kentucky Derby, and his trainer, Ben A. Jones, the record for most number of wins (six). Arcaro's record was matched on this day in 1969 by jockey Bill Hartack. Jones' record has not been equaled.
May 3, 1958: CBS used a "split screen" for its telecast of the Kentucky Derby, necessitated by the presence of the popular runner Silky Sullivan, who was famous for running far off the pace. Most of the screen was allotted to the main group of runners, with a small corner given over to Silky Sullivan. Although he was one of the favorites for the race, Silky failed to deliver his customary winning drive in the stretch and finished 12th, beaten 20 lengths by the victorious Tim Tam.
May 3, 1969: Jockey Bill Hartack won his fifth Kentucky Derby aboard Majestic Prince, tying Eddie Arcaro's 1952 record. Majestic Prince was trained by Hall of Fame jockey John Longden, the only person to have trained and ridden a Kentucky Derby winner.
May 3, 1980: Diana Firestone's Genuine Risk became the second filly to win the Kentucky Derby. Regret won it in 1915; Winning Colors, in 1988.
May 3, 1986: Charlie Whittingham, at age 73, became the oldest trainer to win his first Kentucky Derby when he sent Ferdinand to victory. Ferdinand's rider, Bill Shoemaker, was the oldest jockey (54) to take the Run for the Roses. Whittingham topped himself in 1989, winning the Derby a second time (at age 76) with Sunday Silence.
May 4, 1905: Belmont Park opened for its first race meet.
May 4, 1957: Bill Shoemaker, aboard Gallant Man, misjudged the finish line for the Kentucky Derby and stood up in the irons prematurely. Gallant Man lost the race by a nose to Iron Liege. Round Table was third and Bold Ruler was fourth in this historic finish.
May 4, 1968: Dancer's Image became the first horse to be disqualified from the Kentucky Derby because post-race testing revealed an illegal medication. Forward Pass was declared the winner, giving Calumet Farm its eighth Derby winner, a record.
May 4, 1996: Trainer D. Wayne Lukas set the record for most consecutive wins in Triple Crown races, six, when Grindstone won the Kentucky Derby. Lukas' winning streak began with the 1994 Preakness Stakes, which he won with Tabasco Cat.
May 5, 1934: Brookmeade Stable's Cavalcade won the Kentucky Derby, his third victory in a span of less than two weeks.
May 5, 1973: Secretariat became the first horse to complete the 1¼-mile course for the Kentucky Derby in less than two minutes when he won the 99th Run for the Roses in a record 1:59 2/5, which was 3/5 faster than Northern Dancer's 1964 mark of 2:00, to set a track and stakes record that still holds. He ran each successive quarter-mile of the race faster than the previous one, with split times of :25 1/5, :24, :23 4/5, :23 2/5 and :23.
May 5, 1990: Frances Genter, age 92, became the oldest winning owner in Derby history when Unbridled won the 116th renewal of the Run for the Roses.
May 5, 2001: Monarchos came from far back to roll past the field and post a 4 3/4 length victory in the 127th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Invisible Ink was second and Congaree was third. The 9-5 post time favorite, Point Given, finished fifth. Monarchos's winning time for the mile and a quarter race was 1:59 4/5, the second fastest Derby ever run, behind only Secretariat's 1973 mark of 1:59 2/5.
May 6, 1895: African American jockey James "Soup" Perkins guided the favorite Halma to a wire-to-wire victory in the 21st running of the Kentucky Derby. Perkins, who was 15, joined fellow African American jockey Alonzo Clayton as the youngest jockey to ride a Derby winner.
May 6, 1896: African American jockey Willie Simms guided Ben Brush to victory in the 22nd Kentucky Derby, the first time the race was run at 1¼ miles. Two years later, Simms would win the Derby aboard Plaudit, giving him a perfect record in the Kentucky Derby: two wins in two attempts.
May 6, 1933: In the "fighting finish" to the Kentucky Derby-before the advent of photo-finish cameras and video patrol-jockey Don Meade on Brokers Tip, and Herb Fisher, on Head Play, pushed, hit, tugged and jostled each other to the finish line at Churchill Downs. Brokers Tip was declared the winner, by a margin of two or three inches.
May 6, 2000: Fusaichi Pegasus, a $4 million yearling purchase, became the first favorite to win the Kentucky Derby in 21 years with his convincing win over Aptitude. Spectacular Bid in 1979 was the previous favorite to win the "Run for the Roses."
May 7, 1938: The Kentucky Derby Glass made its debut. First used as a water glass for the track restaurant, the mint julep glass has been a part of the Derby tradition for more than 50 years.
May 7, 1949: Calumet Farm's Ponder won the 75th Kentucky Derby, which was first telecast on a limited basis by local TV station WAVE.
May 7, 1973: Secretariat was flown to Pimlico Racecourse to prepare for the Preakness Stakes after his record-breaking performance in the Kentucky Derby.
May 7, 1983: Aboard Sunny's Halo, jockey Eddie Delahoussaye became the last rider to win consecutive Kentucky Derbies. Other riders to have won back-to-back Derbies are: Isaac Murphy, Ron Turcotte and James Winkfield.
May 7, 1988: Winning Colors, the first roan and the third filly to win the Kentucky Derby, provided trainer D. Wayne Lukas with his first Derby win in 13 attempts.
May 7, 1992: Hall of Fame jockey Angel Cordero Jr. announced his retirement from race riding.
May 7, 2001: Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas saddled his 4,000th career winner, scoring with Added Spice in the ninth race at Delaware Park. Lukas's mark put him behind only Dale Baird (8,479 wins), Jack Van Berg (6,300) and King Leatherbury (5,190).
May 8, 1901: David Garrick, owned by American Pierre Lorillard, won the Chester Cup in England, under the guidance of American jockey Danny Maher.
May 8, 1915: H.P. Whitney's Regret became the first filly to win the Kentucky Derby, 40 years after the race's inception in 1875.
May 8, 1937: Mary Hirsch, daughter of Max Hirsch, who had conditioned 1936 Kentucky Derby winner Bold Venture, became the first woman trainer to saddle a runner in the Kentucky Derby. The horse, No Sir, who was also owned by Miss Hirsch, finished 13th in a field of 20.
May 9, 1945: The wartime government ban on horse racing in the United States was lifted.
May 9, 1982: Jockey Chris McCarron won his 3,000th career race, aboard Aggrandizement, in the ninth race at Hollywood Park.
May 10, 1842: Fashion, representing the North, competed against Boston, representing the South, in a match race at Union Course. Described by contemporaries as the best race ever run in America, with $20,000 put up on each side, the match was won by Fashion before a crowd estimated between 50,000 and 70,000.
May 10, 1910: George Woolf, namesake of a jockey's award given annually by Santa Anita Park, was born in Cardston, Alberta.
May 10, 1919: Sir Barton won the Kentucky Derby after being winless in six tries. Four days later, on May 14, he won the Preakness Stakes, and on June 11, he became the first Triple Crown winner after capturing the Belmont Stakes.
May 10, 2001: According to figures released by Nielsen Media Research, television ratings for the 2001 Kentucky Derby were 8.1 with a 21 share. The ratings represented a 40 percent increase over the 5.8 rating and 17 share earned by the 2000 Derby.
May 11, 1888: Trainer Robert Walden set the record for the most number of Preakness winners -- seven -- when he sent Refund to victory.
May 11, 1892: African American jockey Alonzo Clayton, age 15, became the youngest rider to win the Kentucky Derby when he guided Azra to victory in the 18th running of the Derby.
May 11, 1935: Trainer "Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons sent a two-year-old colt, White Cockade, to victory in the Youthful Stakes at Jamaica, giving his 26-year-old owner, Ogden Phipps, his first stakes win ever.
May 12, 1909: The Preakness Stakes was held in Maryland after 16 runnings in New York. As part of the celebration that marked the return of the Preakness, the colors of the race's winner were painted onto the ornamental weathervane at Pimlico Racecourse for the first time.
May 12, 1917: Omar Khayyam became the first foreign-bred horse to win the Kentucky Derby. He was bred in England.
May 12, 1924: Nellie Morse became the fourth and last filly to win the Preakness Stakes. Other fillies to win the Preakness were Flocarline (1903), Whimsical (1906) and Rhine Maiden (1915).
May 12, 1936: Jockey Ralph Neves was involved in a racing accident at Bay Meadows and erroneously pronounced dead. He was later revived at the morgue and he returned to the racetrack the same day. He was ordered to sit out the remainder of the racing card and so missed only a half-day of work because of his "death."
May 12, 1990: D. Wayne Lukas became the first trainer to top $100 million in purses when he sent Calumet Farm's Criminal Type to win the Pimlico Special at Pimlico Racecourse.
May 13, 1845: The Great Sectional Match, the North versus the South, was run at Union Course in New York. Fashion, representing the North, raced against the South's Peytona in a match race won by Peytona. Three years earlier, Fashion had defeated Boston, who represented the South, in another North-South rivalry.
May 13, 1891: Kingman, the only African American-owned horse to win the Derby, did so with jockey Isaac Murphy in the irons. Kingman was owned and trained by African American Dudley Allen. The win gave jockey Isaac Murphy back-to-back Derby victories and made him the first jockey to win three Derbies.
May 13, 1939: Louis Schaefer became the first person to have ridden and trained a Preakness Stakes winner after he saddled Challedon to victory. Schaefer won the 1929 Preakness as a jockey, riding Dr. Freeland. Schaefer's double was replicated by jockey-turned-trainer John Longden, who rode Count Fleet in the 1943 Preakness and trained Majestic Prince to win the race in 1969.
May 14, 1978: Having recovered from the often-deadly Colitis X virus, Seattle Slew won his first start as a four-year-old in an allowance race at Aqueduct.
May 14, 1989: E.P. Taylor, owner of Windfields Farms and breeder of Northern Dancer, died at age 88.
May 14, 2000: Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Ill., re-opened its gates to racing after being closed for two-years, welcoming a crowd of 35,273.
May 15, 1918: Two horses -- War Cloud and Jack Hare Jr. -- were declared the winner of the Preakness Stakes, not because of a dead heat, but because the race was run in two divisions.
May 15, 1952: John Longden gained his 4,000th victory, riding at Hollywood Park.
May 15, 1954: Nashua won his first race, running 4½ furlongs over a straightaway at Belmont Park.
May 15, 1993: Genuine Risk, the second of three fillies to have won the Kentucky Derby since it began in 1875, gave birth to her first foal after 13 years of failed attempts and miscarriages. The foal, a son of Rahy, was named Genuine Reward.
May 15, 1999: Charismatic, winner of the 1999 Kentucky Derby, won the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Racecourse in front a record crowd of 100,311.
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