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News and notes from around the Thoroughbred racing world, compiled by NTRA Communications, (212) 907-9280.


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


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 Giants' 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 Giants."

"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 October 27."


The National Thoroughbred Racing Association's (NTRA) mobile marketing tour, the NTRA Racing Experience, is on the road again in 2001. More


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 Spring, 2001.

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., ESPN2
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


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 of 1972.

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 people's horse."

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 Hialeah Park.

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 Stella.

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 position.

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

Santa Monica Handicap, 4&up (f&m), $200,000, Grade I, 7F, Santa Anita Park
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
Palos Verdes Handicap, 4&up, $200,000, Grade II, 6F, Santa Anita Park
Forward Gal Stakes, 3yo fillies, $100,000, Grade III, 7F, Gulfstream Park
Tiffany Lass Stakes, 3yo fillies, $100,000, 1M, Fair Grounds
Busanda Stakes, 3yo fillies, $75,000, 1M 70 yds., Aqueduct




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