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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.

STEVENS RETURNING TO ACTION TOMORROW AT DEL MAR

Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens makes his return to racing Friday, just 20 days after his frightening spill aboard Storming Home at the finish line of the Arlington Million at Arlington Park. Stevens, who suffered a collapsed lung in the accident, has been named to ride Fly To The Wire in the 7th race, the El Cajon Stakes. (Approximate post time: 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time)

Fly To The Wire won his most recent race, an August 9 allowance event, with Stevens in the saddle.

WOODWARD, MAN ‘O WAR, GAZELLE, DEL MAR DERBY TOP WEEKEND ACTION

Champion Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien begins his seemingly annual assault on the fall season’s U.S. stakes races this Saturday when he sends a pair of horses to Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.

Most prominent in his dynamic duo is Hold That Tiger, returning to the U.S. for the first time since a third place finish in last year’s Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Arlington Park. Hold That Tiger and O’Brien will attempt to capture the Grade I, $500,000 Woodward Stakes.

The expected favorite in the Woodward, part of the Breeders’ Cup Classic Division - Powered by Dodge, will be the Neil Howard-trained Mineshaft, who won the Grade I Suburban Handicap last July. Mineshaft drew post two today and Hold that Tiger received the outside berth in the short field of five competitors.

Also on tap Saturday at Belmont are the the Grade I, $500,000 Man o’ War Stakes to be run on the grass; and the Grade I, $250,000 Gazelle Handicap. The Man o’ War, a John Deere Breeders’ Cup Turf division race, will feature the O’Brien runner, Carpanetto (Ire). Entered in the Gazelle, part of the Nextel Breeders’ Cup Distaff division, are a trio of top-caliber three-year-old filly stakes winners: Lady Tak (winner of the Test Stakes at Saratoga), Island Fashion (Alabama Stakes, also at Saratoga) and Spoken Fur (Mother Goose Stakes and Coaching Club American Oaks, both at Belmont).

At Del Mar on Saturday is the Grade II, $300,000 Del Mar Derby. The Bobby Frankel-trained Bis Repetitas and the Bob Baffert-trained Senor Swinger will square off in that grass race, an event for 3-year-olds that is part of the NetJets Breeders’ Cup Mile division. Also expected are Californian, Sweet Return, Outta Here, Devious Boy, Fairly Ransom, Middleweight and Singletary.

The Del Mar Derby can be seen live, and the Woodward, Man o’ War and Gazelle via same-day tape, on "NTRA Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships" from 8:00-9:00 p.m. (ET) on Television Games Network (TVG) and Fox Sports Net 2, Fox Sports South and the Sunshine Network. In the New York area, the program will air from 11:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. (ET) on Fox Sports New York.

RACING ON THE AIR (all times Eastern)

August 22 Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships -- Powered by Dodge; Personal Ensign Handicap (Saratoga); 5:00-6:00 p.m., ESPN2

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

September 6 NTRA Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships; Del Mar Derby (Del Mar), and Woodward Stakes, Gazelle Handicap and Man o’ War Stakes (Belmont Park); 8:00-9:00 p.m., Fox Sports Net and TVG

September 9 Wire to Wire, 2:00-2:30 p.m., ESPN2

September 13 Wire to Wire, 5:30-6:00 a.m., ESPN

September 13 NTRA Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships; Kentucky Cup Classic, Kentucky Cup Juvenile and Kentucky Cup Spritn (Turfway Park); 5:00-6:00 p.m., Fox Sports Net and TVG

September 14 Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships; Futurity Stakes, Matron Stakes and Ruffian Handicap (Belmont Park); and Del Mar Futurity (Del Mar); 3:30-4:30 p.m., ESPN2

September 16 Wire to Wire, 2:00-2:30 p.m., ESPN2

RACING TO HISTORY

Sept. 4, 1920: Man o’ War won the 1 5/8-mile Lawrence Realization Stakes at Belmont Park by 100 lengths, the largest winning margin in modern racing history. His time for the race, 2:40 4/5, shattered the world record by 6 4/5 seconds and was his fifth record-setting performance of that year.

Sept. 4, 1959: Allaire du Pont’s two-year-old Kelso won his maiden race by 1 1/4 lengths at Atlantic City. In the following year, Kelso was voted the first of his record five consecutive Horse of the Year titles.

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. 8, 2002: On his 41st birthday, Mario Pino became the 18th jockey to ride 5,000 winners by visiting the winner’s circle twice at Delaware Park. Pino got his 5,000 win when he guided Outdone to victory in the ninth race.

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: Hall of fame 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.

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

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
Man o’ War Stakes, 3&up, $500,000, Grade I, 1 3/8 M (T), Belmont Park
Woodward Stakes, 3&up, $500,000, Grade I, 1 1/8 M, Belmont Park
Del Mar Derby, 3yo, $300,000, Grade II, 1 1/8 M (T), Del Mar
Gazelle Handicap, 3yo fillies, $250,000, Grade I, 1 1/8 M, Belmont Park
Endine Handicap, 3&up (F&M), $200,000, Grade III, 6F, Delaware Park
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
Needles Stakes, 3yo, $75,000, 1 1/16 M (T), Calder
River Cities Stakes, 3&up (F&M), $75,000, 1 1/16 M (T), Louisiana Downs
Weekend Delight Stakes, 3&up (F&M), $75,000, 6f, Turfway Park

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
Garden City Breeders’ Cup Handicap, 3yo fillies, $250,000, Grade I, 1 1/8 M (T), Belmont Park
Palomar Breeders’ Cup Handicap, 3&up (F&M), $200,000, Grade II, 1 1/16 M (T), Del Mar

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
Del Mar Futurity, 2yo, $250,000, Grade II, 7F, Del Mar

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