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

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RACING ON THE AIR (all times Eastern)
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 paid $1,885.50.

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 Shoemaker.

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 Racing Associations.

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 at Laurel.

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 third-oldest racetrack.

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. aboard.

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 Racecourse
Tropical Turf Handicap, 3&up, $100,000, Grade III, 1 1-8M (T), Calder Racecourse
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

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