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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.

KRONE MAKES COMEBACK TOMORROW AT SANTA ANITA

Hall of Fame rider Julie Krone, who announced on October 18 that she would be resuming her riding career, has been named to ride Justly Royal in tomorrow’s fifth race at Santa Anita Park (approximate post time for the fifth race is 6:05 p.m. ET).

Krone was inducted into Thoroughbred Racing’s Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. on August 7, 2000. She has registered 3,545 career victories from 20,481 mounts. Total purses earned by horses she rode total $81,335,971. Krone is the only woman rider to win a Triple Crown race, taking the 1993 Belmont Stakes aboard Colonial Affair. Krone has not ridden competitively since April 18, 1999 when she brought home three winners at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.

BREEDERS’ CUP DRAWS BEST RATING SINCE 1998

NBC Sports announced today that its exclusive five-hour broadcast of the 19th running of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships last Saturday (1:00-6:00 p.m. ET) from Arlington Park, earned a 2.0 national rating/5 share, making it the highest rated telecast since 1998's 2.2/6 for its 4-1/2 hours of coverage, according to Nielsen Media Research. This year’s program was up 18% from last year’s marks of 1.7 and a 5 share. Last year's program was the first to expand from four and one-half to five hours of coverage.

The final half-hour segment of the telecast, which featured Volponi’s upset victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, was the most-watched portion of the telecast, earning a 2.7/6, which equates to 3,670,000 viewers.

"The increase in ratings for the Breeders’ Cup on NBC is another indicator of the resurgence that Thoroughbred racing is experiencing," said Chip Campbell, NTRA senior vice president of Television and Sponsorship. "These numbers come on the heels of improved VISA Triple Crown and summer racing ratings, as well as stronger international television distribution, greater HDTV exposure and significantly increased sponsorship support throughout the year."

BAFFERT, LUKAS DEAD HEAT AT THE TRACK AND ON THE GRIDIRON

Trainers Bob Baffert and D. Wayne Lukas each went 10-4 in their USA Today NFL 5-Star Challenge football picks last Friday. Among the highlights:

Both picked Houston's upset over Jacksonville (loyalty to Texans owner Bob McNair, who also owns Thoroughbreds) and both picked Kansas City's upset of the Raiders, with Lukas nailing the final spread of 10 points. Lukas also missed the final margin of victory of four games by one point, one game by two points and predicted Emmitt Smith would break Walter Peyton's career rushing record.

Baffert, meanwhile, scored with his best bet, the Cleveland Browns to upset the New York Jets. And, oh yeah, the trainers also tied on the racetrack last Saturday at the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, gaining one victory apiece. Lukas scored in the Napa Breeders’ Cup Sprint with Orientate, while Baffert’s win came with Vindication in the Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

SELLERS BACK IN THE WINNER’S CIRCLE

Jockey Shane Sellers returned to the winner's circle for the first time in his latest comeback from a major knee injury when he won Wednesday's sixth race at Churchill Downs aboard Lazy Lane Farm's favored Uncommon Queen.

Sellers, 36, notched his victory in the sixth mount of his second comeback from a knee injury that appeared at one time to have ended his career. Sellers rallied Uncommon Queen, a 3-year-old daughter of 1977 Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, along the rail on the far turn and the filly drew away in the stretch to win by nine lengths over "muddy" track.

Uncommon Queen is trained by Frank Brothers, Sellers' longtime mentor and friend. Ironically, Sellers was preparing to ride a Brothers-trained horse when he was injured in a pre-race mishap at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans in Dec. 2000. Sellers was unseated from the horse, but landed on his feet and grabbed the reins the anxious colt in an effort to keep him from running away. The colt started dragging Sellers and stepped on the side of his left knee.

"I'm just happy," said Sellers of the win on Uncommon Queen. "I knew it was just a matter of time. I knew Frankie was going to put me on one that I could make four or five mistakes and still win. She was definitely one of those kind. She's a nice filly."

SECRET AGENT MAN TO HEADLINE SHOEMAKER DINNER

Multi-platinum recording artist Johnny Rivers will headline the 11th Annual Shoemaker Foundation’s Evening in the Bluegrass dinner and silent auction to be held on Saturday, November 2, 2002, at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky at the Bluegrass Airport in Lexington, KY. All proceeds of the dinner and the silent and live auctions will benefit the Shoemaker Foundation.

The Shoemaker Foundation was organized in 1991, after world renowned jockey Bill Shoemaker was paralyzed in a car accident. The Foundation actively assists members of the racing community in need of financial assistance to respond to cases of catastrophic illness or injury where all insurance benefits and other sources of aid are insufficient. Proceeds from Evening in the Bluegrass will help fulfill its mission.

For ticket information, please contact Julie Hale at (310) 419-1518 or Noreen Sullivan at (859)-312-0040.

RACING ON THE AIR (all times Eastern)

November 2 Wire to Wire, 5:30-6:00 a.m., ESPN

November 3 NTRA 2Day at the Races; Iroquois Stakes (Churchill Downs); California Cup Day (Santa Anita Park); MBNA America Challenge Championships (Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie) and Cox Plate (Moonee Valley, Australia); 11:30 p.m.-12:00 a.m., ESPN2

November 6 Wire to Wire, 2:00-2:30 p.m., ESPN2

November 9 Wire to Wire, 5:30-6:00 a.m., ESPN

November 13 Wire to Wire, 2:00-2:30 p.m., ESPN2

RACING TO HISTORY

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.

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, whose entrymates Family Style and Arewehavingfunyet finished second and eighth, respectively.

Nov. 2, 1991: Dance Smartly won the Breeders’ Cup Distaff and passed Lady’s Secret as racing’s then all-time leading female Thoroughbred money-earner, with $3,083,456.

Nov. 2, 1991: The Breeders’ Cup Pick 7, a wager linking the seven Breeders’ Cup races, was inaugurated. Wagering on the Pick 7 alone, excluding wagers made on the individual Breeders’ Cup races, was $8,526,985.

Nov. 2, 2001: The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders’ Cup Limited announced that the Oct. 27 Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, held at Belmont Park, raised approximately $2.5 million for the NTRA Charities – New York Heroes Fund. In total, more than $5 million was been raised by the international horseracing community for the Heroes Fund, created to aid the families of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Total contributions by the horseracing community to all Sept. 11-related funds exceeded $10 million.

Nov. 3, 1923: Tanforan, in suburban San Francisco, opened for a 25-day, non-betting meet.

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. 4, 1998: Michael Rowland became the 88th rider in North America to reach 3,000 career wins when he piloted Bells Gladiator to victory at Thistledown.

Nov. 4, 2000: Total wagering on the 10-race Breeders’ Cup Day program at Churchill Downs was a record $108,598,136.

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 race.

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. 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 other runners with consecutive victories were Miesque, Bayakoa (ARG) and Morley Street (IRE), the latter a two-time winner in the steeplechase division.

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, 1998: Jockey Richard Migliore gained his 3,000th career victory, winning aboard Belle’s Appeal in the second race at Aqueduct.

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. 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 3 1-4 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.

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

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2
Maple Leaf Stakes, 3&up (F&M), $175,000, 1¼ M, Woodbine
Knickerbocker Handicap, 3&up, $150,000, Grade II, 1 1/8 M (T), Aqueduct
Robert F. Carey Memorial Handicap, 3&up, $150,000, Grade III, 1M (T), Hawthorne
Nashua Stakes, 2yo, $100,000, Grade III, 1M, Aqueduct
Pocahantas Stakes, 2yo fillies, $100,000, 1M, Churchill Downs

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3
Las Palmas Handicap, 3&up (F&M), $200,000, Grade II, 1 1/8 M (T), Santa Anita Park
Bay Meadows Derby, 3yo, $100,000, Grade III, 1 1/8 M (T), Bay Meadows
Iroquois Stakes, 2yo, $100,000, Grade III, 1M, Churchill Downs
Morvich Handicap, 3&up, $100,000, Grade III, 6½ F (T), Santa Anita Park
Tempted Stakes, 2yo fillies, $100,000, Grade III, 1M, Aqueduct
Turnback the Alarm Handicap, 3&up (F&M), $100,000, Grade III, 1 1/8 M, Aqueduct

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5
Stuyvesant Handicap, 3&up, $100,000, Grade III, 1 1/8 M, Aqueduct

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