On this day in 1949,
Louis B. Mayer, the Mayer in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
(MGM), became a millionaire again.
However, this million had nothing to do
with movie making. This million came about when he sold his
race horse breeding farm for one million dollars.
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.
The Jockey Club announced that gross purses in the United
States during 2000 topped $1 billion for the first time, an
increase of 7.0 percent compared to 1999 figures.
3 - In
1990, famous jockey Willie Shoemaker raced for
the 40,352nd and last time. He finished fourth at the Santa
Anita Racetrack aboard 7-10 favorite "Patchy Groundfog".
Throughout his horse racing career,
Shoemaker won 1,100 stakes and 8,833 wins (a world record
that stood until Laffit Pincay Jr. topped it in 1999) in
40,350 races. In the 42 years
of his career, he won 11 Triple Crown
races, including four Kentucky Derbies, five Belmont Stakes,
and three Preakness Stakes; 1,009 stakes races; and 10
national money titles. He earned more than $123 million in
purses, about $10 million of which went into his pocket.
On April 8, 1991, this famous jockey's
life took a turn for the worse when
he was left paralyzed from the neck down after an auto
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
1997: Cigar was named Horse of the
Year for the second consecutive year.
1997: A six-year-old horse, Isitingood, broke the world
record for a mile_1:32 1/5_set in 1968 by Dr. Fager.
Isitingood was timed in 1:32.05 over the Santa Anita Park
6 - Black Jack, the last
Quartermaster-issued U.S. Army horse that performed in the
funerals of Presidents
Herbert Hoover, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and
General Douglas MacArthur,
died today in 1976.
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.
1996: A racing oddity occurred at Oaklawn Park when all the
winners of seven consecutive races started from the number
one post position.
1999: Jockey Eddie Delahoussaye picked
up his 6,000th career victory aboard Sweetcakesanshakes in
the third race at Santa Anita Park. Delahoussaye became the
14th rider in North American racing history to reach the
1941: Whirlaway began his three-year-old season with a win
in a six furlong allowance race at Hialeah.
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.
1940: After a year's absence from competition,
seven-year-old Seabiscuit, champion handicap horse of 1937
and 1938, returned to racing at Santa Anita, where he
finished third in a handicap race. Seabiscuit ran three more
races in 1940, concluding his career with a win in the Santa
1998: Undefeated Two-Year-Old Champion
Favorite Trick was named 1997 Horse of the Year.
1933: The Jockey Club released data showing that as of 1932,
the U.S. had surpassed Great Britain and Ireland in foal
production for the first time, to become the world's leading
producer of Thoroughbreds.
1981: Julie Krone rode her first career winner, a $3,500
claimer named Lord Farkle, which was owned and trained by
Les St. Leon, in the sixth race at Tampa Bay Downs.
1966: Buckpasser suffered the only defeat of his
three-year-old season when he finished second in a
non-betting race, the Black Caesar Purse, at Hialeah. He
went on to post 13 consecutive victories in 1966 (12 of them
in stakes races), but was unable to compete in any of the
Triple Crown races because of a hoof injury.
2003: Hall of Fame jockey Johnny Longden,
the only horseman to both ride (Count Fleet) and train
(Majestic Prince) a Kentucky Derby winner, died at age 96.
1974: Future Triple Crown champion Seattle Slew was foaled
at White Horse Acres, Lexington, Ky.
1891: At the urging of Pierre
Lorillard, the Board of Control, composed of seven
representatives of the racing industry, was formed to govern
Thoroughbred racing. The Board's powers extended to matters
of licensing; allotment of racing dates; and the regulation
of purse payments. The Board, as the governing body for
racing, was succeeded by The Jockey Club, formed in 1894.
1999: Jockey Julie Krone became the first
female jockey to win 3,500 races, taking the third race at
the Fair Grounds.
1985: Laffit Pincay Jr. had his
6,000th career win, aboard Doria's Delight in the fifth race
at Santa Anita Park.
On this day in 1969,
Barbara Jo Rubin became the first woman to win a thoroughbred horse race
in America. She was riding Cohesian at
Charlestown Race Course in West Virginia
when she made history.
1935: Seven-year-old Azucar, a former
steeplechaser, won the inaugural Santa Anita Handicap at
Santa Anita Park.
1947: Acting upon an earlier
recommendation by The Jockey Club stewards, the Thoroughbred
Racing Associations unanimously approved lip tattoos as a
method of identifying Thoroughbred racehorses.
1979: Trainer J.C. Williams saddled eight
winners in 12 attempts at Waterford Park. Williams also
owned seven of those eight winners.
1990: The 11th race at Charles Town was
declared a no-contest because the starting gate could not be
removed from the track after the race had begun. The track
announcer warned the jockeys to pull up their mounts, and
the track subsequently refunded all wagers on the race.
1999: Jockey Robbie Davis got his 3,000
win aboard Inevitably Private in the fourth race at
1973: With Secretariat having been named
Horse of the Year for 1972 and champion two-year-old, it was
announced by Claiborne Farm that the colt had been
syndicated for a then-record $6,080,000_equivalent to 32
shares at $190,000 each
1982: Florida apprentice Mary Russ became
the first female jockey to win a Grade I stakes in North
America when she captured the Widener Handicap aboard Lord
Darnley at Hialeah.
In 1957, Johnny Longden rode
his 5,000th winning horse over the finish
line at the Santa Anita race track.