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NTRA THOROUGHBRED NOTEBOOK

Racing on the Air Racing to History Weekend Stakes Races
News and notes from around the Thoroughbred racing world, compiled by NTRA Communications, (212) 907-9280.

NTRA, DEL MAR TO COORDINATE RACING'S OBSERVANCE OF 9/11 TRAGEDIES

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, in conjunction with Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, will coordinate an observance of the one-year anniversary of last year's September 11 tragedies.

The nationwide observance will take place Wednesday, September 11, from 4:10 - 4:20 p.m. (ET) and be delivered via simulcast feed from Del Mar. Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Dick Enberg will be on hand at Del Mar to host the proceedings. Components of the ceremony will include a flag ceremony, a moment of silence, playing of the National Anthem and a video tribute.

"These ceremonies will be brief, dignified and patriotic," said NTRA Commissioner Tim Smith. "We anticipate that there will be no racing or related activity conducted at any NTRA-member facility during this observance as our entire industry joins together for a collective period of remembrance and reflection."

During the last year, the Thoroughbred racing industry has raised nearly $13 million in support of September 11-related charities.

PINO GUNNING FOR WIN #5,000

Jockey Mario Pino's quest for 5,000 career wins continues this afternoon as the summer/fall meet begins day two at historic Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Pino rode four winners yesterday and, entering today's race card, stands five shy of becoming the 18th rider in history to reach the milestone.

"Now that we are down to the final five I am thinking about it more, but in turn I'm going to enjoy it," said Pino, who will turn 41 on Sunday. "To look at the names of the other jockeys on the 5,000 win list gives me chills and I am honored to be in this elite company." Pino is named to ride in seven of the 10 races on today's Pimlico card, six on Friday and seven on Saturday.

BELMONT ONLINE CONTEST BEGINS TOMORROW

You can smoke out a longshot winner and nail a trifecta, but can you pick a show horse for 33 consecutive days? The payoff could be just as profitable.

Belmont Fall SHOWdown begins a new era of online contests tomorrow. There is an entry fee of $10 with all of the money returned in the form of prize payouts. The winner will win 40 percent of the overall pot, with the remaining 60 percent shared among the next nine finishers. The object of SHOWdown is to select one horse to finish first, second or third on each of the 33 racedays of the 2002 Belmont Fall Championship meeting (Friday, Sept. 6 to Sunday, Oct. 20). If successful on Day No. 1, contestants move on to Day No. 2, and so on until the contest is decided with an overall winner. Contestants must sign up on NYRA.com before Noon (EDT) on Friday, Sept. 6.

The deadline to make each daily selection for 2002 Belmont Fall SHOWdown is 12:45 p.m. (EDT). Complete Official Rules are available at www.nyra.com.

RACING ON THE AIR (all times Eastern)

September 5 Thoroughbred Classics (Woodward Stakes), 6:00-6:30 p.m., ESPN Classic

September 6 Thoroughbred Classics (Woodward Stakes), 9:30-10:00 a.m., ESPN Classic

September 7 Wire to Wire, 5:30-6:00 a.m., ESPN

September 7 Thoroughbred Classics (Woodward Stakes), 9:30-10:00 a.m., ESPN Classic

September 8 The Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships; Garden City Breeders' Cup Handicap and Woodward Stakes (Belmont Park), Irish Champion Stakes (Leopardstown, Ire.), Grosser Preis von Baden (Iffezheim, Ger.); 4:00-5:00 p.m., ESPN2

September 11 Wire to Wire, 2:30-3:00 p.m., ESPN2

September 14 Wire to Wire, 5:30-6:00 a.m., ESPN

September 15 The Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships; Matron Stakes, Jerome Handicap and Ruffian Handicap (Belmont Park), Kentucky Cup (Turfway Park); 3:00-4:00 p.m., ESPN

September 15 Bessemer Trust Two-Year-Old Challenge; Futurity Stakes (Belmont Park) and Del Mar Futurity (Del Mar); 4:30-5:30 p.m., CNBC

September 17 Wire to Wire, 2:30-3:00 p.m., ESPN2

RACING TO HISTORY

Sept. 7, 1970: Bill Shoemaker surpassed John Longden's then-record of 6,032 wins when he piloted Dares J to victory at Del Mar and became the world's winningest jockey.

Sept. 8, 1990: Bill Shoemaker scored his first stakes victory as a trainer when he sent a five-year-old mare, Baldomero (IRE), to victory in the Osunitas Handicap at Del Mar.

Sept. 8, 1999: The Emirates Racing Association announced that the 2000 renewal of the Dubai World Cup would be worth $6 million.

Sept. 10, 1999: Churchill Downs Incorporated completed its purchase of Hollywood Park Racetrack and Casino, including approximately 240 acres of land at the site in Inglewood, Calif.

Sept. 11, 1976: In the third race at Latonia, jockey John Oldham and his wife, Suzanne Picou, became the first husband and wife riding team to compete in a parimutuel race together. Oldham finished second aboard Harvey's Hope and Picou rode My Girl Carla to an 11th-place finish.

Sept. 11, 1982: Jockey Earlie Fires had his 3,000th career win, aboard Volga Ace, in the fourth race at Arlington Park.

Sept. 12, 1944: A dead-heat for win and show occurred in the eighth race at Hawthorne.

Sept. 12, 1970: Nijinsky II won the St. Leger Stakes and became the 15th winner of England's triple crown. He is the last horse to have won the English triple.

Sept. 12, 1973: Fully recovered from a virus that had beset him at Saratoga, Secretariat worked five furlongs in :57 as his last preparation for the Marlboro Cup Invitational Handicap.

Sept. 12, 2000: A colt by Storm Cat was purchased for $6.8 million at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. It was the highest price paid for a yearling since 1985.

Sept. 13, 1974: D. Wayne Lukas won his first Thoroughbred stakes victory, saddling his own three-year-old colt, Harbor Hauler, in the second division of the Foothill Stakes at Pomona to earn $6,312.

Sept. 13, 1989: Jockey Pat Day won eight of the day's nine races at Arlington International Racecourse. In his only loss, Day finished second on Wayne's by George.

Sept. 14, 1853: West Australian won the St. Leger Stakes by three lengths and became England's first Triple Crown winner.

Sept. 14, 1959: The new $32 million Aqueduct, operated by the New York Racing Association, opened.

Sept. 14, 2001: The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup Limited announced the formation of the NTRA Charities - New York Heroes Fund to benefit the children and spouses of the firefighters, police officers, emergency workers and other victims who perished in the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. The organizations also dedicated the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, to be run at Belmont Park to the memory of those slain and their survivors.

Sept. 15, 1876: Isaac Murphy, one of the nation's greatest black jockeys, had his first career win, aboard Glentina, at the Kentucky Association meet in Lexington. Then known as Isaac Burns, Murphy later adopted the surname of his grandfather.

Sept. 15, 1973: Secretariat won the Marlboro Cup Invitational Handicap in the then-world record time of 1:45 2/5 for 1 1/8 miles. He defeated his stablemate, Riva Ridge, by 3 1/2 lengths. The winner's share of the purse, $150,000, made Secretariat a millionaire.

Sept. 15, 2001: Jockey Russell Baze, the fourth winningest rider in history behind only Laffit Pincay Jr., Bill Shoemaker and Pat Day, registered his 7,500th career victory after piloting Valid Double to victory in the third race at Bay Meadows racetrack in San Mateo, Calif.

Sept. 16, 1972: Sent off at odds of 1-5, Secretariat won the Futurity Stakes at Belmont Park by 1 3/4 lengths, creating a minus show pool at the track of $4,985.

Sept. 16, 1978: For the first time in history, two Triple Crown winners met in a race, the Marlboro Cup at Belmont Park. Seattle Slew, the 1977 Triple Crown winner, defeated Affirmed, the 1978 Triple Crown winner, by three lengths.

Sept. 16, 1991: Jockey Jose Santos won his 2,000th career victory, aboard Sunny Sara at Belmont Park.

Sept. 16, 2000: Keeneland successfully executed the Thoroughbred industry's first-ever Internet auction, selling four horses on-line for a total of $109,500. There were more than 200 buyers and agents registered to bid.

Sept. 17, 1973: Penny Chenery announced that Secretariat would make his inaugural start on the turf in the Oct. 8 Man o' War Stakes at Belmont Park.

Sept. 18, 1920: Carrying the top weight of his career, 138 pounds, three-year-old Man o' War won the Potomac Handicap, conceding 24 pounds to his nearest rival, Paul Jones, and 30 pounds to the second-place finisher, Wildair.

Sept. 18, 1943: The U.S. Army occupied the grounds of Hollywood Park as part of the war effort.

Sept. 18, 1999: Jockey David Gall retired as the fourth winningest rider of all time with 7,396 victories to his credit.

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

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
Boiling Springs Breeders' Cup Handicap, 3yo fillies, $200,000, 1 1/16 M (T), Meadowlands

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
The Woodward, 3&up, $500,000, Grade I, 1 1/8 M, Belmont Park
Man o' War, 3&up, $500,000, Grade I, 1 3/8 M (T), Belmont Park
Del Mar Derby, 3yo, $300,000, Grade II, 1 1/8 M (T), Del Mar
Gazelle Handicap, 3&up (F&M), $250,000, Grade I, 1 1/8 M, Belmont Park
British Columbia Breeders' Cup Oaks, 3yo fillies, $175,000, 1 1/8 M, Hastings Park
Endine Stakes, 3&up (F&M), $150,000, Grade III, 6F, Delaware Park
River Cities Breeders' Cup Stakes, 3&up (F&M), $150,000, 1 1/16 M (T), Louisiana Downs
Natalma Stakes, 2yo fillies, $150,000, 1 M (T), Woodbine
Speed to Spare Championship Stakes, 3&up, $100,000, 1 3/8 M, Northlands Park
Spectacular Bid Stakes, 2yo, $75,000, 6F, Arlington Park
Weekend Delight Stakes, 3&up (F&M), $75,000, 6F, Turfway Park

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
Atto Mile, 3&up, $1,000,000, Grade I, 1 M (T), Woodbine
Garden City Breeders' Cup Handicap, 3yo fillies, $250,000, Grade I, 1 1/8 M (T), Belmont Park
Canadian Stakes, 3&up (F&M), $250,000, Grade II, 1 1/8 M (T), Woodbine
Summer Stakes, 2yo, $250,000, Grade II, 1 M (T), Woodbine
Palomar Handicap, 3&up (F&M), $150,000, Grade II, 1 1/16 M (T), Del Mar

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
Del Mar Futurity, 2yo, $250,000, Grade II, 7F, Del Mar

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