News and notes from around the Thoroughbred racing world, compiled
by NTRA Communications, (212) 907-9280.
SANTA ANITA DERBY HIGHLIGHTS CITGO RACING TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY SERIES
The Santa Anita Derby, the Wood Memorial and the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes
are just a few of the major Kentucky Derby prep races to be televised
live as part of the 2001 Citgo Racing to the Kentucky Derby series. More
NEW YORK, MARYLAND RACETRACKS "WAGER" ON SUNDAY'S SUPER BOWL
The New York Racing Association (NYRA) has struck a wager with
Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course in Maryland on this Sunday's Super Bowl
XXXV between the New York Giants and the Baltimore Ravens.
If the Giants beat the Ravens, Laurel and Pimlico will sponsor a
giveaway at New York's Aqueduct Racetrack on Saturday, February 3rd, in
which 8,000 officially-licensed Super Bowl XXXV pennants proclaiming the
victory will be handed out. Should the Ravens win, NYRA will sponsor a
similar giveaway at Laurel and Pimlico on February 3rd. Additonally, the
losing track that day must name a race on its live card in honor of the
winning team. For example, if the Giants win on Sunday, Laurel would name a
race on its February 3rd card, "The Super Bowl XXXV Champion New York
"On behalf of our fans, we would like to thank Karin DeFrancis and
everyone at the Maryland Jockey Club for accepting the bet," said NYRA
Senior Vice President Bill Nader. "We believe in our team, and it will be a
great day when we present our loyal Aqueduct patrons with this commemorative
souvenir of the Giants' Super Bowl XXXV victory. It's been a great year for
New York City sports fans with a Subway Series and now the Giants set to win
the Super Bowl. The next stop on the New York championship tour may be an
NBA title for our New York Knicks before NYRA does its part, hosting the
Belmont Stakes on June 9th and the 2001 Breeders' Cup Championship on
NTRA RACING EXPERIENCE RELAUNCHES FOR 2001
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association's (NTRA) mobile marketing
tour, the NTRA Racing Experience, is on the road again in 2001. More
DAILY RACING FORM BRINGS BACK AMERICAN RACING MANUAL
Racing fans now can have the most comprehensive yearly racing
publication at their fingertips once again as Daily Racing Form has brought
back the popular American Racing Manual. The announcement was made by Steven
Crist, editor and publisher of Daily Racing Form.
"The American Racing Manual was considered the 'World Almanac' of
thoroughbred racing and when we took over Daily Racing Form in August of
1998 one of our top priorities was bringing the Manual back in its
uncompromised form," said Crist.
At a staggering 1,608 pages, the 2000 American Racing Manual is the
most in-depth edition since its inception more than a century ago. Included
are:all graded stakes charts for 1999, complete past performances for all
1999 Eclipse champions and graded stakes winners, comprehensive Beyer Speed
Figures dating back to 1992, expanded Hall of Fame section, stakes histories
for all Grade I races, special statistical section for Breeders' Cup races,
an expanded section for foreign racing, and principles of handicapping and
betting by noted handicapper Steve Davidowitz, who edited the book.
Published initially in the late 1890s as an almanac of sporting
events which included thoroughbred and harness racing and then known as the
American Sporting Manual, the American Racing Manual debuted in 1906 and
included many features that are still incorporated in modern American Racing
Manuals. It was subtitled "A Book of Reference for Persons Interested in
the Affairs of the Turf."
The "American Racing Manual" was last published in 1994 in its
familiar format. It appeared in an abridged version in 1995 and 1996, and
came out as a CD-ROM in 1997 and 1998.
The 2000 American Racing Manual, providing a comprehensive recap of
American racing history and the 1999 thoroughbred racing season, is
available for $60 and may be ordered by calling 1-800-306-FORM. The 2001
volume, detailing the 2000 racing campaign, is slated to be released in
RACING ON THE AIR (all times Eastern)
January 27 Racehorse Digest, 4:30-5:00 a.m., ESPN
January 31 Racehorse Digest, 1:00-1:30 p.m., ESPN
February 3 "NTRA 2Day at the Races," Strub Stakes (Santa Anita), San
Vicente Stakes (Santa Anita), Donn Handicap (Gulfstream), 6:30-7:00 p.m.,
February 4 Eclipse Awards Special 4:00-5:00 p.m., ESPN2
February 5 Racehorse Digest, 4:30-5:00 a.m., ESPN
February 7 Racehorse Digest, 1:00-1:30 p.m., ESPN
RACING TO HISTORY
Jan. 26, 1950: Citation's 16-race win streak came to an end in the
La Sorpresa Handicap at Santa Anita. Despite giving 16 pounds to the winner,
Miche, Citation, carrying 130 pounds, lost only by a neck.
Jan. 27, 1973: Penny Chenery accepted the Eclipse Award for Horse of
the Year on behalf of Secretariat, who was also voted champion two-year-old
Jan. 28, 1979: Bob Baffert won his first race as a Thoroughbred
trainer, saddling Flipper Star to win the second race at Rillito Park in
Tucson, Ariz. The winner's share of the $600 purse was $330.
Jan. 29, 1960: Future Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Carry Back
finished tenth in his first start ever, a three-furlong race for
two-year-old maiden runners at Hialeah. Sired by Saggy, the only horse to
defeat Citation during his three-year-old season, out of an undistinguished
mare named Joppy, Carry Back became a popular runner and was dubbed "the
Jan. 29, 1969: Patti Barton, a 24-year-old exercise rider, applied
for a jockey's license in Las Cruces, N.M. The stewards declined to act on
the application, which if approved would have made Barton the first female
licensed jockey in Thoroughbred racing.
Jan. 29, 1973: Forego, eventual three-time Horse of the Year,
1974-76, broke his maiden by eight lengths in his second career start, at
Jan. 30, 1981: Jockey Julie Krone rode in her first race ever,
finishing second by three lengths in a six-furlong sprint for $3,500 maiden
claimers at Tampa Bay Downs. Her mount, a 22-1 shot trained by Jerry L.
Pace, was named Tiny Star.
Jan. 30, 1992: For the second time in one month, jockey Mike Smith
won six races in one day at Aqueduct Racetrack. His first six-winner day at
Aqueduct occurred Jan. 13.
Jan. 31, 1958: Jockey Bill Shoemaker notched his 3,000th career
win, aboard Eternal Pere, in the eighth race at Santa Anita Park.
Feb. 1, 1941: Golden Gate Fields opened for its inaugural race meet.
After a five-day "season," the track was forced to close because severe
rainstorms washed out the racing surface. The advent of World War II
prevented the facility from reopening until Sept. 9, 1947.
Feb. 3, 1989: Apprentice jockey Nate Hubbard hung on for
second-literally-when his horse, Sweetwater Oak, stumbled near the finish
line at Golden Gate Fields and flipped the rider out of his saddle. As he
tumbled forward, Hubbard grabbed on to the filly's neck and hung in mid-air
until the race was over. The track stewards ruled it an official finish
because Hubbard's feet never touched the ground and Sweetwater Oak carried
her assigned weight throughout the race.
Feb. 3, 1990: Jockey Bill Shoemaker rode his final career race at
Santa Anita Park, finishing fourth aboard Patchy Groundfog in 'The Legend's
Last Ride.' He retired with 8,833 wins, a world record.
Feb. 4, 1926: Wheatley Stables, formed by Mrs. Henry Carnegie
Phipps, recorded its first win ever, with a two-year-old filly named Sturdy
Feb. 7, 1894: The Jockey Club was incorporated. As originally
conceived, it was to assume the management of racing, previously overseen by
the Board of Control. Included in The Jockey Club's functions were
licensing, allotment of racing dates, appointment of officials and the
interpretation and enforcement of racing rules.
Feb. 7, 1969: Diane Crump became the first woman jockey in America
to compete in a parimutuel race when she finished tenth of 12 aboard a 48-1
shot, three-year-old Bridle 'n Bit, in the seventh race at Hialeah Park.
Feb. 7, 1996: A racing oddity occurred at Oaklawn Park when all the
winners of seven consecutive races started from the number one post
WEEKEND STAKES RACES (unrestricted stakes worth $75,000 and up)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 27
Santa Monica Handicap, 4&up (f&m), $200,000, Grade I, 7F, Santa
Hutcheson Stakes, 3yo, $150,000, Grade II, 7F, Gulfstream Park
LeComte Stakes, 3yo, $100,000, 1M, Fair Grounds
Paumonok Handicap, 3&up, $75,000, 6F, 1/16 M, Aqueduct
SUNDAY, JANUARY 28
Palos Verdes Handicap, 4&up, $200,000, Grade II, 6F, Santa Anita
Forward Gal Stakes, 3yo fillies, $100,000, Grade III, 7F, Gulfstream
Tiffany Lass Stakes, 3yo fillies, $100,000, 1M, Fair Grounds
Busanda Stakes, 3yo fillies, $75,000, 1M 70 yds., Aqueduct