News and notes from around the Thoroughbred racing world, compiled
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December 9 Racehorse Digest, 5:30-6:00 a.m., ESPN
December 13 Racehorse Digest, 1:00-1:30 p.m., ESPN
December 15 Racehorse Digest, 3:00-3:30 a.m., ESPN
December 16 Racehorse Digest, 5:30-6:00 a.m., ESPN
December 20 Racehorse Digest, 1:00-1:30 p.m., ESPN
RACING TO HISTORY
Dec. 7, 1957: A two-year-old colt named Silky Sullivan won the one-mile
Golden Gate Futurity after making up 27 lengths, establishing a running
style that became legendary. Horsemen still invoke the name of Silky
Sullivan when referring to a horse that runs from far off the pace.
Dec. 8, 1989: Power to Geaux paid a record $2,922 for a $2 wager made at
AKsarben on the simulcast of the 11th race from Fair Grounds. The previous
record for a payoff on a $2 wager was set June 17, 1912, when Wishing Ring
Dec. 10, 1977: In his second year of riding, Steve Cauthen became the first
jockey to win $6 million in a single season when he rode a three-year-old
filly, Little Happiness, to victory in the sixth race at Aqueduct. Cauthen
was dubbed "The Six Million Dollar Man," and "Stevie Wonder" by his admirers
and was named 1977 Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated, the
Associated Press, ABC's Wide World of Sports and The Sporting News. He also
received three Eclipse Awards, being voted an award of merit in addition to
earning top honors as both a journeyman and apprentice jockey.
Dec. 10, 1999: Laffit Pincay Jr. became the world's all-time winningest
jockey when he registered his 8,834th career victory aboard Irish Nip at
Hollywood Park and eclipsed the previous mark of 8,833 held by Bill
Dec. 11, 1983: John Henry became the first racehorse to surpass $4 million
in career earnings when he won the Hollywood Turf Cup with jockey Chris
McCarron at Hollywood Park.
Dec. 12, 1942: More than 20,000 racegoers turned out to watch 1941 Triple
Crown winner Whirlaway win the inaugural Louisiana Handicap at Fair Grounds,
staged in part as a war relief effort by the newly formed Thoroughbred
Dec. 13, 1986: Jockey Kent Desormeaux had his first career stakes win,
aboard Godbey, in the Maryland City Handicap at Laurel.
Dec. 15, 1973: Sandy Hawley became the first jockey in history to win 500
races in a single year when he rode Charlie Jr. to victory in the third race
Dec. 17, 1936: Crooner Bing Crosby announced plans to construct a new
racetrack, to be called the Del Mar Turf Club.
Dec. 17, 1993: Fire destroyed the grandstand of Fair Grounds, the nation's
Dec. 18, 1983: Hollywood Park held the first $1 million race for
two-year-old Thoroughbreds, the Hollywood Futurity, which was won by Fali
Time, ridden by Sandy Hawley.
Dec. 20, 1987: D. Wayne Lukas-trained Tejano became the first juvenile
millionaire when he won the Hollywood Futurity with Laffit Pincay Jr.
WEEKEND STAKES RACES (unrestricted stakes worth $75,000 and up)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9
Dahlia Handicap, 3&up (f&m), $150,000, Grade II, 1 1-16M (T), Hollywood Park
My Charmer Handicap, 3&up (f&m), $100,000, Grade III, 1 1-8M (T), Calder
Tropical Turf Handicap, 3&up, $100,000, Grade III, 1 1-8M (T), Calder
What a Pleasure Stakes, 2yo, $100,000, Grade III, 1 1-16M, Calder Racecourse
Three Ring Stakes, 2yo fillies, $100,000, 1 1-16M, Calder Racecourse
Annapolis Stakes, 3yo, $100,000, 1 1-8M, Laurel Park
Garland of Roses Handicap, 3&up (f&m), $75,000, 6F, Aqueduct
Paradise Mile Handicap, 3&up, $75,000, 1M (T), Turf Paradise
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10
Vernon O. Underwood Stakes, 3&up, $100,000, Grade III, 6F, Hollywood Park