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NTRA ANNOUNCES FINALISTS FOR ECLIPSE AWARDS
KENTUCKY HORSEMEN REAFFIRM SUPPORT OF NTRA
The Board of Directors of the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective
Association has voted to renew its membership in the National Thoroughbred
Racing Association (NTRA) for another year, joining the Kentucky
Thoroughbred Association, which previously reaffirmed its support of the
NTRA for 2001.
RACING ON THE AIR (all times Eastern)
January 6 Racehorse Digest, 4:30-5:00 a.m., ESPN
January 10 Racehorse Digest, 1:00-1:30 p.m., ESPN
January 13 Racehorse Digest, 4:30-5:00 a.m., ESPN
January 17 Racehorse Digest, 3:00-3:30 a.m., ESPN
RACING TO HISTORY
Jan. 4, 1946: Canadian-born jockey George Woolf, known as "The Iceman" for
his coolness in the saddle, died after falling head first from his mount,
Please Me, during a race at Santa Anita Park the previous day. He was 35.
During his career, (1928-1946) Woolf had 3,784 mounts, 721 wins, 589 seconds
and 468 thirds, with earnings of $2,856,125. Since 1950, Santa Anita Park
has annually presented the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award to a rider who
demonstrates high standards of personal and professional conduct, on and off
Jan. 5, 1944: A bill permitting off-track betting was introduced in the New
York State Assembly. Over the next several decades, a series of bills would
be introduced in favor of OTB, which finally gained legal sanction in New
York in 1970.
Jan. 5, 1980: Spectacular Bid began his undefeated four-year-old season,
winning the Malibu Stakes by five lengths at Santa Anita. The gray colt
finished his 1980 campaign a perfect nine-for-nine.
Jan. 11, 1950: Five-year-old Citation returned to racing at Santa Anita
Park, having been sidelined by injury since December 1948. Sent off at odds
of 3-20, he won easily over a sloppy surface to log his sixteenth
consecutive victory. His winning margins for those races totaled 59½
Jan. 13, 1978: Seattle Slew, in training for his four-year-old seasonal
debut at Hialeah, first displayed symptoms of the deadly virus Colitis X.
The colt was sidelined until May 14, when he won an allowance race at
Aqueduct Racetrack as the 1-10 favorite.
Jan. 13, 1989: Jockey Brian Peck was injured when his horse, Top Booking,
collided with a deer in the fourth race at Turfway Park. The deer jumped
onto the track from the infield, where it gone to drink from a man-made
lake. Top Booking was unharmed, but Peck suffered a broken arm.
Jan. 14, 1932: Jockey Eddie Arcaro rode his first career winner, at Agua
Jan. 14, 1953: Pimlico's Preakness Stakes, originally slated for May 16, was
put back to May 23, allowing a three-week layover after the Kentucky Derby
for the first time.
Jan. 14, 1989: Jockey Kent Desormeaux scored his 1,000th career win in the
tenth race at Laurel Racecourse, aboard Eesee's Taw, in the Francis Scott
Jan. 15, 1932: Australian champion Phar Lap arrived in San Francisco. He was
shipped by steamship to the U.S., en route to Agua Caliente in Mexico, where
he was to make his North American racing debut in the March 20 Agua Caliente
Handicap, the continent's then-richest race.
Jan. 15, 1969: Barbara Jo Rubin was named to ride in a race at Tropical
Park. Thirteen male riders subsequently boycotted the race rather than
compete against a female, and were fined $100 each.
WEEKEND STAKES RACES (unrestricted stakes worth $75,000 and up)
THURSDAY, JANUARY 4
Colonel E.R. Bradley Handicap, 4&up, $75,000, 1 1/16 M (T), Fair Grounds
FRIDAY, JANUARY 5
Truly Bound Stakes, 3&up (f&m), $75,000, 1 1/16 M, Fair Grounds
SATURDAY, JANUARY 6
San Pasqual Handicap, 4&up, $200,000, Grade II, 1 1/16 M, Santa Anita
Appleton Handicap, 3&up, $150,000, Grade II, 1M (T), Gulfstream Park
Thelma Stakes, 3yo fillies, $75,000, 6F, Fair Grounds
SUNDAY, JANUARY 7
Honey Fox Handicap, 3&up (f&m), $100,000, Grade III, 1M (T), Gulfstream Park
Santa Ysabel Handicap, 3yo fillies, $100,000, Grade III, 1 1/16 M, Santa
Black Gold Handicap, 3yo, $75,000, 7½ F (T), Fair Grounds