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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.

BAZE WINS 400 -- AGAIN

Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze guided Hooked on Niners across the wire first in yesterday’s third race at Golden Gate Fields in Albany, Calif., to register his 400th victory in 2003. For Baze, however, the feat was nothing particularly extraordinary. This is the 11th time in the past 12 years that Baze has eclipsed the 400-win plateau.

Such an accomplishment would certainly be a big deal for almost anyone else. No other rider in history has won 400 races in a year more than three times.

“It never gets old. It’s always a challenge,” the 45-year-old Baze told Daily Racing Form regarding the job of race riding. “Every race something different happens.”

Inducted into Thoroughbred racing’s Hall of Fame in 1999, Baze is fourth on the sport’s all time win list among jockeys with 8,474 wins, trailing only Laffit Pincay Jr. (9,530), Bill Shoemaker (8,833) and the still active Pat Day (8,592).

The only year among the last dozen when Baze failed to chalk up 400 victories was 1999. That year saw Baze tally “only” 373 wins. However, Baze was out of action for more than a month that year with a back injury.

FUNNY CIDE, THE ARTISTE

Ever wonder whether your favorite racehorse had an artistic side?

For the last year or so, the national Thoroughbred adoption program known as ReRun has been working with famous racehorses to create “Moneighs.” These one-of-a-kind pieces are actually painted by the horses, themselves, using lips, whiskers, noses, tails and hooves. They are then custom framed with a locket of mane and photos to verify authenticity. Sold previously only at auctions in Lexington, Ky., ReRun will now make the Moneighs available nationwide through eBay.

“With funding becoming increasing tight for all charities, we needed to come up with a workable plan to generate more monies to care for our horses in rehab and awaiting placement into adoptive homes,” said Lori Neagle, co-founder of ReRun. “And the Moneighs are a way to ask for help from the Thoroughbred industry that doesn’t involve a financial contribution, just a few minutes of their horses’ time.”

In addition to offering the works of current racing stars like Funny Cide, Congaree and Ten Most Wanted, ReRun will offer works by such “old masters” as Cigar, John Henry, Gato Del Sol and others.

And if you horse owners out there wonder whether your own horse has any artistic talent, ReRun volunteers will come to your farm and help your horse create his or her own masterpiece in exchange for a donation to the program.

Your horse may not be able to outrun Funny Cide, but he might be able to outcompose him.

RACING ON THE AIR (all times Eastern)

November 22 Wire to Wire, 5:30-6:00 a.m., ESPN

November 25 Wire to Wire, 1:00-1:30 p.m., ESPN2

November 29 Wire to Wire, 5:30-6:00 a.m., ESPN

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

RACING TO HISTORY

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

Nov. 22, 1990: Jockey Pat Day marked his 5,000th career winner when he rode Screen Prospect to victory in the Falls City Handicap at Churchill Downs. Day was the twelfth rider in history to hit 5,000.

Nov. 25, 1997: Officials from Churchill Downs and the Maryland Jockey Club announced a new method for drawing post positions for the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. The traditional blind draw would be held to establish a selection order, then a horse’s owner/trainer or authorized agent would choose his preferred post position among those still available.

Nov. 26, 1946: American Air Lines transported six horses from Shannon Airport, Eire, Ireland, to Newark, N.J., completing the first trans-Atlantic flight for Thoroughbreds. The plane arrived in the U.S. on Nov. 27.

Nov. 26, 1992: Sandy Hawley became the ninth North American rider to win 6,000 races. His record victory came aboard Summer Commander in the second race at Greenwood Racecourse.

Nov. 26, 2001: “Seabiscuit,” Laura Hillenbrand’s best-selling book about the rags-to-riches story of a 1930s Thoroughbred champion and the colorful people associated with him, was honored with the United Kingdom’s prestigious “William Hill Sports Book of the Year” award.

Nov. 28, 1982: The brilliant Landaluce, who won her five lifetime starts by a total of 46 1/2 lengths, died of a viral infection. She was buried in the infield at Hollywood Park, where she had won her first two races. Trained by D. Wayne Lukas, Landaluce was later voted champion two-year-old filly of 1982 over another undefeated filly, Princess Rooney.

Nov. 30, 1989: Jockey Kent Desormeaux surpassed Chris McCarron’s 15-year record for most number of victories in a single season when he rode his 547th winner for the year, at Laurel.

Nov. 30, 1997: Jockey Edgar Prado became the fourth jockey in history to ride 500 winners in a single year.

Nov. 30, 2001: Advertising on jockeys’ attire, owners’ silks, and track saddlecloths became legal at California tracks.

Dec. 1, 1962: Ten thousand fans attended a ceremony at Tropical Park in honor of Carry Back’s retirement. By Saggy out of Joppy, Carry Back was known as “the people’s horse.” He retired after 55 starts and earnings of more than $1 million.

Dec. 1, 1982: In the first race to feature mother and daughter jockeys, Patti Barton rode against her daughter, Leah, at Latonia. Patti finished fifth aboard Tam’s Angel while Leah was tenth on Diane’s Ms. Lolly.

Dec. 1, 2002: Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey broke his own single-season North American earnings mark after finishing third aboard Royal Gem in the Hollywood Derby at Hollywood Park. His total purse earnings of $19,032,509 propelled him past his 2001 total of $19,015,720.

Dec. 2, 1936: Fair Grounds, New Orleans, La., licensed its first female trainer, Miss Meryl Eckhardt of Flint, Mich.

Dec. 3, 1997: Jockey Russell Baze became the 12th rider in Thoroughbred racing history to win 6,000 races when he won the fourth race at Golden Gate Fields aboard Clover Hunter.

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

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22
Hollywood Turf Cup Handicap, 3&up, $250,000, Grade I, 1˝ M (T), Hollywood Park
Red Smith Handicap, 3&up, $150,000, Grade II, 1 3/8 M (T), Aqueduct
Cardinal Handicap, 3&up (F&M), $150,000, Grade III, 1 1/8 M (T), Churchill Downs

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23
Valley Stream Stakes, 2yo fillies, $100,000, Grade III, 6F, Aqueduct

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25
Sophomore Sprint Championship, 3yo, $75,000, 6F, Mountaineer Park

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27
Falls City Handicap, 3&up (F&M), $300,000, Grade II, 1 1/8 M, Churchill Downs
Fall Highweight Handicap, 3&up, $100,000, Grade III, 6F, Aqueduct
Vernon O. Underwood Stakes, 3&up, $100,000, Grade III, 6F, Hollywood Park

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