1 - Today in 1883 Buffalo Bill, otherwise known as
William F. Cody, debuted in his first Wild West Show.
Also today, in 1955, jockey Willie Shoemaker rode the legendary
colt Swaps to a win in the Kentucky Derby in Louisville. race win was worth $108,400. This was Willie's
first Kentucky Derby win. He would win later on in 1959 aboard Tommy Lee and in 1965 on Lucky Debonair.
1943: Count Fleet won the "street car" Kentucky Derby, for which no tickets could
be sold to out-of-town spectators due to wartime travel restrictions.
1948: H.A. "Jimmy" Jones, son of Ben A. Jones, stepped aside as the trainer of Citation,
allowing his father to be named the colt's official trainer in the Kentucky Derby. Ben Jones was
attempting to match the record of H.J. Thompson, who had trained four Derby winners. Citation did
win, and Ben A. Jones subsequently won two additional derbies, in 1949 and 1952, to set the mark
for most number of wins in the Run for the Roses -- six. Jimmy Jones was named as Citation's trainer
in the Preakness and Belmont Stakes, however, giving the Jones family a Triple Crown sweep.
1971: The New York Off-Track Betting Corp. offered wagering pools on the Kentucky
Derby, the first instance in which parimutuel wagering on the race took place outside the Commonwealth
of Kentucky. Churchill Downs had refused to sell the rights to the race to OTB, but the pools were
offered nonetheless, generating handle totaling $1,043,005
1976: Trainer Laz Barrera won three stakes in three different states: the Kentucky
Derby with Bold Forbes; New York's Carter Handicap with Due Diligence and the Illinois Derby with
1993: Paul Mellon became the second person in racing history of have bred and owned
winners of the Kentucky Derby (Sea Hero, who won the 1993 Derby) and the Epsom Derby (Mill Reef,
who won in 1971). John Galbreath was the first to have accomplished the Derby double, which he did
with Proud Clarion (1967 Kentucky Derby) and Roberto (1972 Epsom Derby).
1999: Charismatic won the 125th Kentucky Derby at odds of 31-1, giving trainer D.
Wayne Lukas his fourth Derby win and his owners, Bob and Beverly Lewis, their second Derby victor.
2001: Holy Bull, Paseana, Maskette, veteran jockey Earlie Fires, and trainers Richard
Mandella and Tom Smith, trainer of the legendary Seabiscuit, were elected to Thoroughbred racing's
Hall of Fame.
2 - In 1964, Northern Dancer, with jockey Bill Hartack, won
the Kentucky Derby. Hartack had been on quite a win streak, completing four major victories in six
months. The racing legend was atop Iron Liege, Venetian Way, Decidedly and Northern Dancer (not
all at the same time, of course). Hartack then rode Northern Dancer to a win in the Preakness Stakes
in Maryland. Interesting fact for all ya'll: In 1964, another jockey had ridden Northern Dancer
three times then suddenly switched to Hill Rose for the Run for the Roses in Louisville. He was
In 1970, the "First Lady of Horse Racing" (first to ride at a major track,
first to win a major feature), Diane Crump, rode Fathom and made history as the first woman
jockey to ride in the Kentucky Derby. She finished in 12th place.
1904: Laska Durnell became the first woman to own a Kentucky Derby starter and winner
when longshot Elwood took the 30th Run for the Roses. Elwood, the only Missouri-bred to win the
Kentucky Derby, was also the first Derby winner to be bred by a woman, Mrs. J.B. Prather.
1934: Future Triple Crown winner War Admiral was foaled at Faraway Farm, Lexington,
1953: Native Dancer suffered his only defeat in 22 starts. He finished second in
the Kentucky Derby as the 7-10 favorite, beaten a head by a 25-1 shot, Dark Star. Going into the
Derby, Native Dancer had 11 consecutive wins.
1970: Diane Crump became the first female jockey to ride in the Kentucky Derby.
Her mount, Fathom, finished 15th in a field of 17.
1981: The first simulcast of the Kentucky Derby took place, with three outlets --
Centennial Park, Longacres Racecourse and Yakima Meadows -- receiving the signal. Total simulcast
wagering was $455,163. The Derby simulcast was suspended for the next two years, pending approval
by Kentucky horsemen, and was reinstated in 1984
2000: Jockey Julie Krone became the first female elected to Thoroughbred racing's
Hall of Fame.
3 - On this day in 1941, jockey Eddie Arcaro rode Whirlaway
to the winner's circle in the Kentucky Derby. He was well on his way to winning racing's most prestigious
event, the Triple Crown.
In 1986, horse racing legend Bill Shoemaker became the oldest jockey to win the
the Kentucky Derby. Ol' Willie was on board Ferdinand for the win. Shoemaker was 54 years
old. It had been 32 years since Shoemaker's first Derby victory way back in 1955.
1969: Namesake of racing's annual awards, Eclipse made his first public appearance
in a heat race at Epsom, England. The chestnut won his first trial easily, prompting gambler Dennis
O¬íKelly to predict "Eclipse first, the rest nowhere" at the start of the second heat. O'Kelly's
forecast was correct. Eclipse won the second four-mile race by nearly 1/4 mile.
1902: Jockey James Winkfield, the last African American rider to win the Kentucky
Derby, won his second consecutive Derby aboard Alan-a-Dale.
1952: The first coast-to-coast, network-televised Kentucky Derby aired on CBS. Favorite
Hill Gail won the Derby, giving his jockey Eddie Arcaro a record fifth victory in the Kentucky Derby,
and his trainer, Ben A. Jones, the record for most number of wins (six). Arcaro's record was matched
on this day in 1969 by jockey Bill Hartack. Jones' record has not been equaled.
1958: CBS used a "split screen" for its telecast of the Kentucky Derby, necessitated
by the presence of the popular runner Silky Sullivan, who was famous for running far off the pace.
Most of the screen was allotted to the main group of runners, with a small corner given over to
Silky Sullivan. Although he was one of the favorites for the race, Silky failed to deliver his customary
winning drive in the stretch and finished 12th, beaten 20 lengths by the victorious Tim Tam.
1969: Jockey Bill Hartack won his fifth Kentucky Derby aboard Majestic Prince, tying
Eddie Arcaro's 1952 record. Majestic Prince was trained by Hall of Fame jockey John Longden, the
only person to have trained and ridden a Kentucky Derby winner.
1980: Diana Firestone's Genuine Risk became the second filly to win the Kentucky
Derby. Regret won it in 1915; Winning Colors, in 1988.
1986: Charlie Whittingham, at age 73, became the oldest trainer to win his first
Kentucky Derby when he sent Ferdinand to victory. Ferdinand's rider, Bill Shoemaker, was the oldest
jockey (54) to take the Run for the Roses. Whittingham topped himself in 1989, winning the Derby
a second time (at age 76) with Sunday Silence.
4 - 1899 - Manuel rushed to the finish line ahead of
four others to win the Kentucky Derby.
1905 - Belmont Park race track opened on Long Island, New York. Race King and Sysonby
finished in a dead heat in the day's feature race.
1957 - This was a tough day at the Kentucky Derby for Willie Shoemaker. He misjudged
the finish line while aboard Gallant Man. In the winner's circle at Churchill Downs was, instead,
Iron Liege, ridden by jockey Bill Hartack. Gallant Man and Shoemaker did win the Belmont Stakes
a few weeks later.
1985 - Spend A Buck posted the third fastest winning time in the Kentucky Derby
by running the 1-1/4 mile track at Churchill Downs in 2 minutes and 1/8 second. Only Secretariat
(1973) and Northern Dancer (1964) had been faster.
1905: Belmont Park opened for its first race meet
1957: Bill Shoemaker, aboard Gallant Man, misjudged the finish line for the Kentucky
Derby and stood up in the irons prematurely. Gallant Man lost the race by a nose to Iron Liege.
Round Table was third and Bold Ruler was fourth in this historic finish
1968: Dancer's Image became the first horse to be disqualified from the Kentucky
Derby because post-race testing revealed an illegal medication. Forward Pass was declared the winner,
giving Calumet Farm its eighth Derby winner, a record.
1996: Trainer D. Wayne Lukas set the record for most consecutive wins in Triple
Crown races, six, when Grindstone won the Kentucky Derby. Lukas' winning streak began with the 1994
Preakness Stakes, which he won with Tabasco Cat.
5 1934: Brookmeade Stable's Cavalcade won the Kentucky Derby,
his third victory in a span of less than two weeks
1973: Secretariat became the first horse to complete the 1 ľ-mile course for the Kentucky Derby
in less than two minutes when he won the 99th Run for the Roses in a record 1:59 2/5, which was
3/5-second faster than Northern Dancer's 1964 mark of 2:00, to set a track and stakes record that
still holds. He ran each successive quarter-mile of the race faster than the previous one, with
split times of :25 1/5, :24, :23 4/5, :23 2/5 and :23.
1990: Frances Genter, age 92, became the oldest winning owner in Derby history when Unbridled
won the 116th renewal of the Run for the Roses.
2001: Monarchos came from far back to roll past the field and post a 4 3/4 length victory in
the 127th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Invisible Ink was second and Congaree was third. The
9-5 post time favorite, Point Given, finished fifth. Monarchos's winning time for the mile and a
quarter race was 1:59 4/5, the second fastest Derby ever run, behind only Secretariat's 1973 mark
of 1:59 2/5.
6 1895: African American jockey James "Soup" Perkins guided the favorite
Halma to a wire-to-wire victory in the 21st running of the Kentucky Derby. Perkins, who was 15,
joined fellow African American jockey Alonzo Clayton as the youngest jockey to ride a Derby winner.
1896: African American jockey Willie Simms guided Ben Brush to victory in the 22nd Kentucky Derby,
the first time the race was run at 1 1/4 miles. Two years later, Simms would win the Derby aboard
Plaudit, giving him a perfect record in the Kentucky Derby: two wins in two attempts
1933: In the "fighting finish" to the Kentucky Derby -- before the advent of photo-finish cameras
and video patrol -- jockey Don Meade, on Brokers Tip, and Herb Fisher, on Head Play, pushed, hit,
tugged and jostled each other to the finish line at Churchill Downs. Brokers Tip was declared the
winner, by a margin of two or three inches.
2000: Fusaichi Pegasus, a $4 million yearling purchase, became the first favorite to win the
Kentucky Derby in 21 years with his convincing win over Aptitude. Spectacular Bid in 1979 was the
previous favorite to win the "Run for the Roses."
7 1938: The Kentucky Derby Glass made its debut. First used as a water
glass for the track restaurant, the mint julep glass has been a part of the Derby tradition for
more than 50 years.
1949: Calumet Farm's Ponder won the 75th Kentucky Derby, which was first telecast on a limited
basis by local TV station WAVE.
1973: Secretariat was flown to Pimlico Racecourse to prepare for the Preakness Stakes after his
record-breaking performance in the Kentucky Derby.
1983: Aboard Sunny's Halo, jockey Eddie Delahoussaye became the last rider to win consecutive
Kentucky Derbies. Other riders to have won back-to-back Derbies are: Isaac Murphy, Ron Turcotte
and James Winkfield
1988: Winning Colors, the first roan and the third filly to win the Kentucky Derby, provided
trainer D. Wayne Lukas with his first Derby win in 13 attempts.
1992: Hall of Fame jockey Angel Cordero Jr. announced his retirement from race riding.
2001: Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas saddled his 4,000th career winner, scoring with Added
Spice in the ninth race at Delaware Park. Lukas's mark put him behind only Dale Baird (8,479 wins),
Jack Van Berg (6,300) and King Leatherbury (5,190).
2002: Seattle Slew, the last surviving Triple Crown winner, died at Hill 'N Dale Farm in Lexington,
Ky., at age 28. Seattle Slew's death came on the 25th anniversary of his Kentucky Derby victory.
8 1915 - Regret captured the Kentucky Derby. The horse was the only filly
to win the Run for the Roses in Louisville, KY.
1939 - Clay Puett invented a device that is a common sight at thoroughbred race tracks around
the world. The electric starting gate was used for the first time to start races at Hollywood Park
in Inglewood, CA. The push of a button from a judges' stand at trackside automatically opened the
gates. It was set on wheels so that it could be pulled off the race course quickly.
1901: David Garrick, owned by American Pierre Lorillard, won the Chester Cup in England, under
the guidance of American jockey Danny Maher.
1915: H.P. Whitney's Regret became the first filly to win the Kentucky Derby, 40 years
after the race's inception in 1875
1937: Mary Hirsch, daughter of Max Hirsch, who had conditioned 1936 Kentucky Derby winner Bold
Venture, became the first woman trainer to saddle a runner in the Kentucky Derby. The horse, No
Sir, who was also owned by Miss Hirsch, finished 13th in a field of 20.
9 1930 - For the first time, a starting gate was used to start a Triple
Crown race. The gate was rolled into place at the Preakness at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore,
MD. Gallant Fox, the winner, had no problem with the new contraption.
Prior to that time, this
horse race began from a standing start at the start/finish line with the drop of a flag.
1945: The wartime government ban on horse racing in the United States was lifted.
1982: Jockey Chris McCarron won his 3,000th career race, aboard Aggrandizement, in the ninth
race at Hollywood Park.
10 1905 - Three horses made up the field of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill
Downs in Louisville, KY. Agile was the winner. With only three horses -- win, place and show --
does that mean that everyone in attendance won something?
1913 - Donerail won the Kentucky Derby on this day, making a very, very few in attendance very,
very happy. Donerail was a 91-to-1 long shot! Can you tell who the people DIDN'T like?
1842: Fashion, representing the North, competed against Boston, representing the South, in a
match race at Union Course. Described by contemporaries as the best race ever run in America, with
$20,000 put up on each side, the match was won by Fashion before a crowd estimated between 50,000
1910: George Woolf, namesake of a jockey's award given annually by Santa Anita Park, was born
in Cardston, Alberta.
1919: Sir Barton won the Kentucky Derby after being winless in six tries. Four days later, on
May 14, he won the Preakness Stakes, and on June 11, he became the first Triple Crown winner after
capturing the Belmont Stakes.
2001: According to figures released by Nielsen Media Research, television ratings for the 2001
Kentucky Derby were 8.1 with a 21 share. The ratings represented a 40% increase over the 5.8 rating
and 17 share earned by the 2000 Derby.
11 1888: Trainer Robert Walden set the record for the most number of Preakness
winners -- seven -- when he sent Refund to victory.
1892: African American jockey Alonzo Clayton, age 15, became the youngest rider to win the Kentucky
Derby when he guided Azra to victory in the 18th running of the Derby.
1935: Trainer "Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons sent a two-year-old colt, White Cockade, to victory in
the Youthful Stakes at Jamaica, giving his 26-year-old owner, Ogden Phipps, his first stakes win
12 1917 - The first imported horse to win the Kentucky Derby was the English-bred
colt, Omar Khayyam. He won $49,070 -- the top prize.
1976 - Sixteen-year-old, racing-jockey Steve Cauthen rode in his first race. He finished
far back in the pack at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY. However, Cauthen got his first winner
just five days later.
1909: The Preakness Stakes was held in Maryland after 16 runnings in New York. As part of the
celebration that marked the return of the Preakness, the colors of the race's winner were painted
onto the ornamental weathervane at Pimlico Racecourse for the first time.
1917: Omar Khayyam became the first foreign-bred horse to win the Kentucky Derby. He was bred
1924: Nellie Morse became the fourth and last filly to win the Preakness Stakes. Other fillies
to win the Preakness were Flocarline (1903); Whimsical (1906); and Rhine Maiden (1915).
1936: Jockey Ralph Neves was involved in a racing accident at Bay Meadows and erroneously pronounced
dead. He was later revived at the morgue and he returned to the racetrack the same day. He was ordered
to sit out the remainder of the racing card and so missed only a half-day of work because of his
1990: D. Wayne Lukas became the first trainer to top $100 million in purses when he sent
Calumet Farm's Criminal Type to win the Pimlico Special at Pimlico Racecourse.
13 1845: The Great Sectional Match, the North versus the South, was run
at Union Course in New York. Fashion, representing the North, raced against the South's Peytona
in a match race won by Peytona. Three years earlier, Fashion had defeated Boston, who represented
the South, in another North-South rivalry.
1891: Kingman, the only African American-owned horse to win the Derby, did so with jockey Isaac
Murphy in the irons. Kingman was owned and trained by African American Dudley Allen. The win gave
jockey Isaac Murphy back-to-back Derby victories and made him the first jockey to win three Derbies.
1939: Louis Schaefer became the first person to have ridden and trained a Preakness Stakes winner
after he saddled Challedon to victory. Schaefer won the 1929 Preakness as a jockey, riding Dr. Freeland.
Schaefer's double was replicated by jockey-turned-trainer John Longden, who rode Count Fleet in
the 1943 Preakness and trained Majestic Prince to win the race in 1969.
1973: Secretariat worked five furlongs in :57 2/5 at Pimlico Racecourse in preparation for the
May 19 Preakness Stakes. He was eased after completing his workout distance, but still ran six furlongs
14 1960 - Bally Ache, the winner of the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore,
MD, was sold for $1,250,000. Wonder what he would have brought with a name change...
1989: E.P. Taylor, owner of Windfields Farms and breeder of Northern Dancer, died at age 88.
2000: Arlington Ipark in Arlington Heights, Ill., re-opened its gates to racing after being closed
for two-years, welcoming a crowd of 35,273.
15 1918: Two horses -- War Cloud and Jack Hare Jr. -- were declared the
winner of the Preakness Stakes, not because of a dead heat, but because the race was run in two
1952: John Longden won his 4,000th victory, riding at Hollywood Park.
1954: Nashua won his first race, running 4 1/2 furlongs over a straightaway at Belmont
1993: Genuine Risk, the second of three fillies to have won the Kentucky Derby since it began
in 1875, gave birth to her first foal after 13 years of failed attempts and miscarriages. The foal,
a son of Rahy, was named Genuine Reward.
1999: Charismatic, winner of the 1999 Kentucky Derby, won the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Racecourse
in front of a record crowd of 100,311.
16 - 1884: Buchanan became the first maiden to win
the Kentucky Derby. Only two other maiden horses have gone on to win the Run for the Roses: Sir
Barton in 1919, and Brokers Tip in 1933.
1925: The first network radio broadcast of the Kentucky Derby aired from WHAS in
1979: Gary Stevens rode his first career winner, named Lil Star, trained by
his father, Ron Stevens, at Les Bois Park.
1998: Bob Baffert became the first person to train Kentucky Derby and Preakness
Stakes winners in successive years. In 1997, Baffert won the Derby and Preakness with Silver Charm;
the following year he won with Real Quiet.
1998: During Preakness Stakes Day at Pimlico Racecourse, a transformer went down
at 1:00 p.m., causing a power failure in the grandstand. With temperatures in the 90s, the facility
had no operating air-conditioning, lights, closed-circuit television, public address system, elevators,
escalators or betting windows. A record crowd of 91,122 was on hand, and an estimated $1.5 million
in on-track handle was lost.
17 - 1875 - Oliver Lewis rode Aristides winning a purse
of $2,850 in the first running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY. Aristides
won the one and a half mile Run for the Roses in a time of 2 minutes, 37-3/4 seconds.
1875: America's oldest continuously held sporting event, the Kentucky Derby, was
first run. The race was won by Aristides, who was ridden and trained by African Americans Oliver
Lewis and Ansel Williamson, respectively. The day marked the opening of Churchill Downs; an estimated
10,000 spectators witnessed the first Derby.
1881: James Rowe Sr., then age 24, became the youngest trainer to saddle a Kentucky
Derby winner after Hindoo took the 7th Derby for his owners, brothers Phil and Mike Dwyer, both
1915: Rhine Maiden, in winning the Preakness Stakes, produced the only Kentucky
Derby-Preakness wins by fillies in the same year. The 1915 Derby was won by Regret, who did not
compete in the Preakness.
1930: Two-year-old Equipoise gave owner C.V. Whitney his first stakes victory when
he captured the Keene Memorial Stakes at Belmont Park at odds of 3-5
1947: Seabiscuit, owned by Charles S. Howard, succumbed to a heart attack at Ridgewood
Ranch in Willits, Calif. He was 14.
1976: Sixteen-year-old Steve Cauthen rode his first winner, Thomas Bischoff-trained
Red Pipe, in the eighth race at River Downs. By the end of his first year of apprenticeship, Cauthen
had won 240 races from 1,170 mounts and $1.2 million in purses.
18 1931 - Race jockey Eddie Arcaro rode his first race --
at Bainbridge, OH. He finished sixth. Later, Arcaro would become a racing legend, finishing first
in over 4,100 races, including four Kentucky Derby wins. Arcaro won the Derby in 1941, 1945, 1948
and again in 1952. He rode Hill Gail, Hoop, Jr., Whirl-A-Way and Citation. Arcaro won the Triple
Crown with Whirl-A-Way and Citation.
1957 - Jockey Eddie Arcaro rode Bold Ruler to the winner's circle in the Preakness Stakes in
Today in 1875 the Kentucky Derby racetrack opened in Louisville, Kentucky.
1935: The Seagram family won the Queen's Plate stakes (then called the King's Plate), a
record 20th time. From 1891-1898, the Seagrams' horses won the Plate every year.
1957: Eddie Arcaro set the record for most number of Preakness Stakes wins by a jockey, six,
when he rode Bold Ruler to victory for Wheatley Stable.
1968: Judy Johnson became the first female trainer to saddle a horse for the Preakness Stakes.
Her horse, Sir Beau, finished seventh in a field of 10.
1968: Calumet Farm set the record for most number of wins in the Preakness Stakes by an owner,
seven, when Forward Pass won the race by six lengths.
1985: Patricia Cooksey became the first female jockey to compete in the Preakness Stakes. Her
mount, Tajawa, finished sixth in a field of 11.
1996: Jockey Pat Day won his third consecutive Preakness Stakes and his fifth Preakness overall,
after riding Louis Quatorze to victory. The win, for trainer Nick Zito, snapped the Triple Crown
race win-streak of trainer D. Wayne Lukas, which had run to six, beginning with the 1994 Preakness,
won by Tabasco Cat.
1998: Trainer Aimee Hall saddled four winners from five starters at Suffolk Downs, with all of
the winners being ridden by her husband, Jose Caraballo. The wins are believed to be the first involving
a married couple as jockey and trainer.
2000: The NTRA and Breeders' Cup Ltd., was given preliminary approval for a consolidation plan
under which all business, marketing and administrative duties of the two organizations would be
19 1973 - Secretariat won the second jewel of horse racing's Triple Crown
by capturing the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, MD. The famed horse later went on to win the Belmont
Stakes in New York to earn the Triple Crown with jockey Ron Turcotte as the rider.
1961: Jockey Bill Shoemaker notched his 4,000th career win aboard Guaranteeya at Hollywood Park.
1964: Jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. won his first race, aboard Huelen, riding at Presidente Remon
1973: Secretariat's winning performance in the Preakness Stakes was marred by a controversy over
the timing of the race. The original teletimer time was 1:55 for the 1 3/16-mile race; Pimlico amended
it to 1:54 2/5 two days later.
1999: Secretariat was honored as the 35th greatest athlete of the 20th Century by ESPN's SportsCentury,
a series of programs profiling the top athletes of the past 100 years. Secretariat was the only
non-human to make the top 50.
2001: Beaten Kentucky Derby favorite Point Given redeemed himself by winning the Preakness Stakes
today by 2 1/4 lengths in a time of 1:55 2/5 for the mile and three-sixteenths. A P Valentine was
second and Congaree finished third. Monarchos, the Kentucky Derby winner, finished a well-beaten
20 1916: In an unprecedented sweep, Mandarin, Gala Water and Gala Day
finished first, second and third, respectively, in the King's Plate at Woodbine for their owner,
distiller Joseph Emm Seagram. Three days later, Mandarin and Gala Water again finished one-two,
this time in the Breeders' Stakes.
1941: Seventeen days after his Kentucky Derby win and 10 days after his Preakness victory, Whirlaway
raced against older horses for the first time. Carrying 108 pounds, Whirlaway defeated his four
rivals in the Henry of Navarre Purse at Belmont Park.
1954: At odds of 13-1, Rex Ellsworth's two-year-old colt Swaps won his maiden race by three lengths
at Hollywood Park
1973: Having won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, Secretariat shipped from Pimlico to
New York in preparation for the Belmont Stakes, final jewel in the Triple Crown.
1977: Two-year-old John Henry won his first start ever, a four-furlong maiden race at Jefferson
Downs, by a nose. When he was retired in 1984, the gelding had 39 wins, 15 seconds and nine thirds
from 83 starts, seven Eclipse Awards and earnings of $6,597,947.
21 1978: John Henry made his first start for Dotsam Stable, winning a
$25,000 claiming race at Aqueduct.
1992: Jockey Gary Stevens hit his 3,000th winner in the fifth race at Hollywood Park, aboard
22 1974: Locust Hill Farm's Ruffian won her first start, a maiden race
for two-year-old fillies, by 15 lengths at Belmont Park. Sent off at odds of 4-1, Ruffian completed
the 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:03.
1974: Locust Hill Farm's Ruffian won her first start, a maiden race for two-year-old fillies,
by 15 lengths at Belmont Park. Sent off at odds of 4-1, Ruffian completed the 5 1/2 furlongs in
23 1936: Rushaway, ridden by John Longden, won his second derby in as
many days, taking the 1 1/4-mile Latonia Derby at Latonia in Covington, Ky. Rushaway had won the
1 1/8-mile Illinois Derby, run at Aurora, outside Chicago, the previous day.
1992: Jockey Jacinto Vasquez had his 5,000th career winner, aboard Susan Pixum, at Calder Racecourse.
1992: Angel Cordero Jr. made his first start as a trainer, with Puchinito, who finished fifth
in the fifth race at Belmont Park.
24 1905: Harry Payne Whitney's Tanya became the second (and last) filly
to win the Belmont Stakes. Ruthless was the first filly to win the Belmont, in 1867. Whitney also
won the Kentucky Derby with a filly, Regret, in 1915.
1977: At odds of 13-1, Louis and Patrice Wolfson's two-year-old colt Affirmed won his maiden
race by 4 1/2 lengths at Belmont Park, ridden by jockey Bernie Gonzalez.
25 1991: Jockey Steve Cauthen won his fourth European derby, the Derby
Italiano, with Hailsham, trained by Clive Brittain. Cauthen has also won the Epsom Derby twice,
the Irish Derby and the French Derby, in addition to his Kentucky Derby win with Affirmed.
1998: Jockey Eddie Maple announced his retirement at Belmont Park while accepting the 1998 Mike
Venezia Award. Maple ended his career with 4,398 career victories and earnings of $105,318,593.
27 1873 - Survivor won the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico race track in Baltimore,
MD. It was the first 'Run for the Black-Eyed Susans'. The race continues as the second jewel in
horse racing's Triple Crown. It comes two weeks after the Kentucky Derby and prior to the Belmont
Stakes in New York.
1985 - Spend-A-Buck won the Jersey Derby by a neck and earned a record $2.6 million. The thoroughbred
won an extra $2 million dollars for sweeping the Jersey Derby, the Garden State Stakes, the Cherry
Hill Mile and the Kentucky Derby. Career earnings for the horse were $3,009,509.
1823: A $20,000 match race between American Eclipse (representing The North) and Henry (representing
The South) was held at Union Course, Long Island. Eclipse won in two-of-three heats, after his original
jockey, William Crafts, was replaced by Samuel Purdy before the second heat. The race, witnessed
by 60,000 spectators, was the first to have been timed by split-second chronometers, which were
imported for the event.
1873: A bay colt, Survivor, won the first Preakness Stakes by 10 lengths, the largest margin
in the race's history.
1878: The entire field of Preakness Stakes horses -- three -- was owned by a single family, the
brothers George and Pierre Lorillard. George's horses finished first and third.
1882: Trainer Robert Walden won his fifth consecutive Preakness Stakes, with Vanguard.
Walden won a total of seven Preaknesses, a record for a trainer.
1979: Jockey Chris McCarron, 24, won his 2,000th career race, aboard Stembok, in the second race
at Hollywood Park.
1981: Bill Shoemaker became the first jockey in racing history to win 8,000 races when he rode
War Allied to victory in the first race at Hollywood Park.
28 - 1997: Visa USA and Triple Crown Productions announced that they had
increased the bonus for winning the Triple Crown to a total of $5 million.
2000: Jockey Edgar Prado registered his 4,000th career victory aboard Thunder Breeze in the second
race at Belmont Park.
29 - 1995 - Actor Christopher Reeve was thrown head first while riding
his horse in Virginia. Reeve was paralyzed, unable to walk or breathe on his own. Reeve, whose chiseled
good looks mirrored those of the comic book character, Superman, and who starred as the mythical
character on the big screen, literally brought the role of Superman to life as he made valiant efforts
to recover from his injury and fight for other victims of paralyzing injuries. (Christopher Reeve
died Oct 10, 2004.)
1897: Scottish Chieftain, owned by Marcus Daly, became the only Montana bred to win the Belmont
1907: Colin began his undefeated career, breaking his maiden by two lengths at Belmont Park.
1946: Two-year-old fillies Chakoora and Uleta became the first Thoroughbreds to complete a transcontinental
flight. They were flown from New York to Inglewood, Calif., by the American Air Express Corporation,
for a 2,446-mile trip that lasted 20 hours due to adverse weather conditions.
30 1903: Flocarline became the first filly to win the Preakness Stakes
1908: Jockey Joe Notter misjudged the finish of the Belmont Stakes and eased up on his mount,
Colin, whose career record to that point was 13-for-13. Notter barely recovered from his mistake
to hold off the drive of Fair Play, who came within a head of defeating Colin. When he retired,
Colin's record stood at 15 wins in as many starts.
1936: Omaha, the Triple Crown winner of 1935, won the Queens Plate at Kempton Park, England,
for owner William Woodward.
1941: Hollywood Park introduced the "vibrationless camera," developed by Hollywood cameraman
Lorenzo del Ricio. Eight patrol judges with the cameras, which were attached to their binoculars,
were stationed at intervals around the track. Jockey Nunzio Pariso was the cameraís first victim
-- he was shown on film crowding a rival on the far turn
1969: Patricia Barton won her first career race, at Pikes Peak.
31 1969: Racing returned to Pennsylvania when Liberty Bell racetrack opened,
near Philadelphia. The state had not had legal racing since 1802 and became the 30th state to adopt
2001: Jockey Pat Day became just the third jockey in history to win 8,000 races, hitting the
milestone by winning the sixth race at Churchill Downs aboard Camden Park. Day joined Laffit Pincay
Jr. and Bill Shoemaker in the 8,000 club.