1 - 1973 - Horse-racing
jockey Braulio Baeza won two races at Belmont Park, New York. Baeza then boarded an airplane and
flew to Liberty Bell race track in Philadelphia to ride Determined King to victory in the Kindergarten
1881: The Dwyer Brothers' three-year-old Hindoo won his 19th consecutive race, a
purse event at Sheepshead Bay. His winning streak was snapped six days later in the September Handicap
at Sheepshead, in which he finished third.
1924: A French colt, Epinard, headed the field for the first of three Internationals,
of progressively longer distances, to be run at Belmont Park, Aqueduct and Latonia. Epinard finished
second in the six-furlong race, which was witnessed by the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VIII.
1947: With a victory by Armed in the Washington Park Handicap, Calumet Farm became
the first stable to surpass $1 million in annual earnings. Calumet led all owners for 1947, with
total earnings of $1,402,436.
2001: Jockey Tim Moccasin capped a streak of 14 consecutive victories, a North American
record, at Marquis Downs in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. His fourteenth straight win came aboard
Intricate Stitch in the fifth race.
2 - 1901: Seven-year-old Ogden won two races in a single
day at Coney Island.
1984 - Jockey Larry Snyder rode Tennessee Rite to a nine-length win in the the Prelude
Stakes for $50,000 at Louisiana Downs. It was Snyder's 5,000th career victory and came 24 years
-- to the day -- after his first win in 1960.
2001: Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Jones, best known as the conditioner of Citation,
died at age 94 after a lengthy illness.
3 - 1967 - The richest horse race in American history
was run. The All-American Futurity, a race for quarter horses, was held in New Mexico. Laico Bird
won $225,000 of the $486,593 purse.
1956: Swaps ended his racing career with a victory in the Washington Park
Handicap at Washington Park. He was subsequently named Horse of the Year.
1956: Jockey John Longden surpassed Sir Gordon Richards' then-record number of wins
when he rode Arrogate to victory in the Del Mar Handicap to attain his 4,871st victory.
1960: Kelso, ridden for the first time by Eddie Arcaro, won the Jerome Handicap.
2001: Jockey John Velazquez became the first jockey in history to ride six winners
on a single card at Saratoga Racecourse.
2001: For the first time in Saratoga Racecourse history, attendance hit the million
mark, with a total of 1,011,669 fans going through the turnstiles during the 36-day meet.
4 - 1920: Man o War won the 1 5/8-mile Lawrence Realization
Stakes at Belmont Park by 100 lengths, the largest winning margin in modern racing history. His
time for the race, 2:40 4/5, shattered the world record by 6 4/5 seconds and was his fifth record-setting
performance of that year.
1959: Allaire du Ponts two-year-old Kelso won his maiden race by 1 1/4 lengths
at Atlantic City. In the following year, Kelso was voted the first of his record five consecutive
Horse of the Year titles
7 1970 - Jockey Willie Shoemaker became the winningest horse-racing jockey
by collecting win #6,033. 'The Shoe' earned his victory at Del Mar Race Track in Southern California
-- passing the previous mark set by Johnny Longden.
8 1990: Bill Shoemaker scored his first stakes victory as a trainer when
he sent a five-year-old mare, Baldomero (IRE), to victory in the Osunitas Handicap at Del Mar.
1999: The Emirates Racing Association announced that the 2000 renewal of the Dubai World Cup would
be worth $6 million.
2002: On his 41st birthday, Mario Pino became the 18th jockey to ride 5,000 winners by visiting
the winners circle twice at Delaware Park. Pino got his 5,000 win when he guided Outdone to victory
in the ninth race.
10 1999: Churchill Downs Incorporated completed its purchase of Hollywood
Park Racetrack and Casino, including approximately 240 acres of land at the site in Inglewood, Calif.
11 1976: In the third race at Latonia, jockey John Oldham and his wife, Suzanne
Picou, became the first husband and wife riding team to compete in a parimutuel race together. Oldham
finished second aboard Harvey's Hope and Picou rode My Girl Carla to an 11th-place finish.
Jockey Earlie Fires had his 3,000th career win, aboard Volga Ace, in the fourth race at Arlington
Park. 12 1973 - Horse race jockey Bill Shoemaker rode his 100th winner -- in a
$100,000 stakes race. Shoemaker was aboard Such a Rush in the Del Mar Futurity at Del Mar, CA.
1944: A dead-heat for win and show occurred in the eighth race at Hawthorne.
1970: Nijinsky II won the St. Leger Stakes and became the 15th winner of England's triple crown.
He is the last horse to have won the English triple.
1973: Fully recovered from a virus that had beset him at Saratoga, Secretariat worked five furlongs
in :57 as his last preparation for the Marlboro Cup Invitational Handicap.
2000: A colt by Storm Cat was purchased for $6.8 million at the Keeneland September Yearling
Sale. It was the highest price paid for a yearling since 1985.
13 1974: D. Wayne Lukas won his first Thoroughbred stakes victory, saddling
his own three-year-old colt, Harbor Hauler, in the second division of the Foothill Stakes at Pomona
to earn $6,312.
1989: Jockey Pat Day won eight of the day's nine races at Arlington International Racecourse.
In his only loss, Day finished second on Wayne's by George.
14 1853: West Australian won the St. Leger Stakes by three lengths and
became England's first Triple Crown winner.
1959: The new $32 million Aqueduct, operated by the New York Racing Association, opened
2001: The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup Limited announced the formation
of the NTRA Charities _ New York Heroes Fund to benefit the children and spouses of the firefighters,
police officers, emergency workers and other victims who perished in the Sept. 11 attacks on the
World Trade Center. The organizations also dedicated the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred
Championships, to be run at Belmont Park to the memory of those slain and their survivors.
15 1876: Isaac Murphy, one of the nation's greatest black jockeys, had
his first career win, aboard Glentina, at the Kentucky Association meet in Lexington. Then known
as Isaac Burns, Murphy later adopted the surname of his grandfather.
1973: Secretariat won the Marlboro Cup Invitational Handicap in the then-world record time of
1:45 2/5 for 1 1/8 miles. He defeated his stablemate, Riva Ridge, by 3 1/2 lengths. The winner's
share of the purse, $150,000, made Secretariat a millionaire.
2001: Jockey Russell Baze, the fourth winningest rider in history behind only Laffit Pincay Jr.,
Bill Shoemaker and Pat Day, registered his 7,500th career victory after piloting Valid Double to
victory in the third race at Bay Meadows racetrack in San Mateo, Calif.
16 - 1972: Sent off at odds of 1-5, Secretariat won
the Futurity Stakes at Belmont Park by 1 3/4 lengths, creating a minus show pool at the track of
1978: For the first time in history, two Triple Crown winners met in a race, the
Marlboro Cup at Belmont Park. Seattle Slew, the 1977 Triple Crown winner, defeated Affirmed, the
1978 Triple Crown winner, by three lengths.
1991: Jockey Jose Santos won his 2,000th career victory, aboard Sunny Sara at Belmont
2000: Keeneland successfully executed the Thoroughbred industry's first-ever Internet
auction, selling four horses on-line for a total of $109,500. There were more than 200 buyers and
agents registered to bid.
17 - 1973: Penny Chenery announced that Secretariat
would make his inaugural start on the turf in the Oct. 8 Man o' War Stakes at Belmont Park.
18 1830 - A race was held between a horse and an iron horse.
"Tom Thumb", the first locomotive built in America, was pitted against a real horse in a nine-mile
course between Riley's Tavern and Baltimore. "Tom Thumb" suffered mechanical difficulties including
a leaky boiler. If you had your money on the horse, you won! "Tom Thumb" lost by more than a nose.
1920: Carrying the top weight of his career, 138 pounds, three-year-old Man o' War won the Potomac
Handicap, conceding 24 pounds to his nearest rival, Paul Jones, and 30 pounds to the second-place
1943: The U.S. Army occupied the grounds of Hollywood Park as part of the war effort.
1999: Jockey David Gall retired as the fourth winningest rider of all time with 7,396 victories
to his credit. 19 1943: Rider Eddie Arcaro returned to racing after a 12-month
suspension that resulted from his attempt to injure a fellow rider in the Cowdin Stakes the previous
1942: Alsab, runner-up in the 1942 Kentucky Derby, beat 3-10 favorite Whirlaway, the 1941 Triple
Crown champion, by a nose in a $25,000 match race at Narragansett Park. The match was arranged after
Alsab was scratched from the Narragansett Special, a race won by Whirlaway one week earlier. Narragansett's
president, James Dooley, offered to contribute the track's share of the mutuel handle, plus breakage,
to the Army and Navy Relief Funds, making attendance at the race a patriotic gesture. Alsab and
Whirlaway met twice more that year, with Whirlaway winning the Jockey Club Gold Cup on Oct. 3, and
Alsab besting him in the New York Handicap on Oct. 10.
1997: Chelsea Zupan set an Emerald Downs record by winning seven consecutive races at the Auburn,
Wash. oval. Zupan won four on September 18th and three on September 19th. The feat was a national
record for consecutive victories by a female rider.
20 1965: Jockey Jorge Velasquez made his American racing debut, riding
for owner Fred W. Hooper, at Atlantic City Racecourse. He won with his first mount, aboard Keypoint,
in the sixth race, at 8-1 odds.
1976: Two-year-old Seattle Slew made his racing debut, winning a six furlong maiden race by five
lengths at Belmont Park. His zesty workouts prior to the race made Seattle Slew the 2-1 favorite
and he was the public's choice in both his subsequent races that year. After only three starts (including
the Champagne Stakes) in the space of 27 days, Seattle Slew was voted champion two-year-old colt
1980: Before a crowd of 23,000 spectators, four-year-old Spectacular Bid won the Woodward
Stakes in the world's richest walkover. To the surprise of trainer Bud Delp and owners Harry, Teresa
and Tom Meyerhoff, "Bid" was awarded only $73,300, which was half of the winner's share of the purse,
but all that was allowable under the track's rules. There had not been a walkover in a major U.S.
stakes race since Coaltown won the Edward Burke Handicap on April 23, 1949.
1999: Storm Cat's stud fee was raised from $200,000 to $300,000
2001: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Dubai's Crown Prince and Defense Minister of the
United Arab Emirates, donated $5 million to a disaster relief fund, established by Keeneland, to
assist those affected by the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11.
2001: Leading breeder Harry T. Mangurian, Jr., pledged $1 million to the National Thoroughbred
Racing Association-New York Heroes Fund.
2001: Penske Auto Centers entered into a marketing agreement with the National Thoroughbred Racing
Association and Breeders' Cup, giving the company entitlement rights to the $1 million Breeders'
Cup Sprint 21 1938: A hurricane disrupted racing at Rockingham Park, which ended
the day's program after the sixth race. Thirteen barns were destroyed during the storm.
1940: For the first time in the history of photo finishes a triple dead heat for first place
was recorded, at Willow's Park, Victoria, British Columbia.
1973: Secretariat had his first workout on a turf course, going a half-mile in :48 3/5 at Belmont
22 1988: Stuart Symington Janney Jr., owner of Ruffian, died at age 81.
1996: Larry Ross trained the top four finishers in a seven-horse field for the Washington HBPA
Stakes at Emerald Downs.
23 1998: Clay Puett, who invented the electric starting gate more than
60 years ago, died at age 99.
2000: The 13-day Keeneland September Sale concluded with gross sales of $291,827,100, topping
the previous mark of $233,020,800 set last year.
2001: The Keeneland September Yearling Sale, interrupted by the terrorist attacks on New York
and Washington, D.C., and conducted during a climate of global economic uncertainty, ended with
the second highest gross and average receipts in its history.
24 1943: The Jockey Club announced the creation of The Jockey Club Foundation,
which was established to aid indigent members of the racing community.
25 1866: Jerome Park, named for its founder, Leonard W. Jerome, opened in
the Bronx, N.Y. The track was a magnet for New York's fashionable society, and the first to attract
women in large numbers. Even the racehorses were fashionable, with ribbons of their owners' colors
braided into their manes and tails. Jerome, seeking to emulate the British racing system, also established
the American Jockey Club, precursor to the present Jockey Club, formed in 1894.
2002: The National
Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup Ltd. introduced a new wager called Head2Head to
be unveiled at the World Thoroughbred Championships, Oct. 26, at Arlington Park. The wager challenges
bettors to select which of two horses in a given Breeders' Cup race will finish ahead of the other.
1948: Fans at Atlantic City Racecourse filed onto the track after the 3-2 favorite in the fourth
race, Even Break, dwelt in the starting gate as the race went off. A total of $71,414 was refunded
to the angry crowd of bettors.
26 1942: The Jockey Club stewards revoked Eddie Arcaro's license for one
year after his display of "rough riding" aboard odds-on favorite Occupation in the Cowdin Stakes
on Sept. 19. In the Cowdin, Arcaro deliberately drove his horse into another, Breezing Home, knocking
his jockey, Vincent Nodarse, into the infield. Nodarse and his mount had crowded Arcaro at the start
of the race, almost causing him to be unseated.
27 1947: Armed, then the world's leading money-winning Thoroughbred, met
1946 Kentucky Derby winner Assault in the first $100,000 winner-take-all match race, held at Belmont
Park. Armed earned an easy victory over Assault, who was not in peak racing condition.
the second his three specially staged International races, the French colt Epinard was again defeated,
this time by a nose to Ladkin, at Aqueduct. A crowd of 40,000 witnessed the race.
1894: Aqueduct Racetrack opened its doors. The building was torn down in 1955 and the new Aqueduct
was reopened on Sept. 14, 1959.
28 1996: Jockey Dave Gall had his 7,000th career win, at Fairmount Park
aboard A. J. Onray. He was the fourth rider to attain 7,000 wins.
1996: Jockey Lanfranco "Frankie" Dettori won seven-of-seven races at Ascot, a single-day wins
record in England. His win streak was estimated to have cost English bookmakers £30 million and
to have caused the closing of as many as 40 bookmaking shops, which suffered heavy losses after
paying off winning punters.
1983: Atlantic City Racecourse and The Meadowlands became the first U.S. tracks to engage in
simulcasting. The previous year, Woodbine and Fort Erie in Canada had been the first to experiment
1960: Forty years after Man o' War won the Lawrence Realization Stakes by 100 lengths in the
record time of 2:40 4/5, Kelso equaled his time in the same event.
29 1973: With Meadow Stable's Riva Ridge scratched because of rainy weather,
his stablemate Secretariat was left to compete in the 1 1/2-mile Woodward Stakes at Belmont Park.
Prove Out, trained by Allen Jerkens, beat the 3-10 favorite Secretariat, who faded after 1 1/4 miles
to finish second by 4 1/2 lengths. Another Jerkens trainee, Onion, had defeated Secretariat in the
Whitney Stakes on Aug. 4 at Saratoga.
30 1995: Jockey Craig Perret, 44, gained his 4,000th career win, riding Heloise
to victory in the eighth race at Turfway Park.
1990: Bill Shoemaker had his first graded stakes
win as a trainer when Baldomero (IRE) won the Grade III Golden Harvest Handicap at Louisiana Downs.
1981: Jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. had his 5,000th career win, aboard Wander in the seventh race
at Santa Anita Park.
1969: Jockey Kathy Kusner won her first career race, at Pocono Downs. Kusner, a former rider
with the U.S. Equestrian Team, had sued to obtain a jockey's license in Maryland in 1968. She won
her case but was subsequently sidelined by a broken leg suffered in a training accident.
1922: After a six-year hiatus, racing returned to Chicago with the reopening of Hawthorne Park.
The popular gelding Exterminator, winner of the 1918 Kentucky Derby and the then-second-leading
money winner of all time, made a special appearance, racing solo against the track-record time of
2:04 3-5 for 1 1-4 miles. He completed the distance in 2:10.
1898: Jockey Tod Sloan rode five consecutive winners at England's Newmarket racecourse.