The Notebook August 15, 2013
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The 15-race winning streak of England's Brigadier Gerard was ended by John Galbreath's American-bred Roberto, ridden to a three-length victory by Braulio Baeza in the Benson and Hedges Gold Cup at York Racecourse. Brigadier Gerard, who finished second in the Gold Cup, went on to post two more victories before retiring with a record of 18-17-1-0.
Kent Desormeaux began his career as a journeyman jockey.
Jockey Russell Baze rode three winners at Bay Meadows and surged past Angel Cordero into fifth place on the list of all-time winning riders with 7,059 victories.
Triple Crown winner Gallant Fox was beaten by 100-1 shot Jim Dandy in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga Racecourse.
Rockingham Park began to film its races from the vantage of a helicopter, using the equipment as a mechanical patrol judge.
Native Dancer concluded his 22-race career with a victory in the Oneonta Handicap, a non-betting exhibition race at Saratoga Racecourse that he won by nine lengths while carrying 137 pounds. Although he raced only three times in 1954, Native Dancer was subsequently voted Horse of the Year, partly because he had been denied that honor in the previous year, despite having won nine of 10 races, all of them stakes. Tom Fool, 1953 Horse of the Year, had had a perfect 10-for-10 record.
John Longden rode his 6,000th winner, riding Prince Scorpion to victory while at Exhibition Park.
Secretariat won his first stakes race, the Sanford Stakes, at Saratoga Racecourse. The time for the six-furlong race was 1:10, the fastest time for the distance at Saratoga that year.
John Campo swept the top three spots in the Adirondack Stakes with his trainees Harvest Girl, Bonnie Empress and Drama Critic.
Sunday Silence, the 1989 Horse of Year who later became a perennial leading sire in Japan, died after suffering a fatal heart attack at the Shadai Stallion Station on the isle of Hokkaido in Japan.
Storming Home unseated his rider, Gary Stevens, at the finish of the Arlington Million in a spectacular incident that resulted in Sulamani being named the race winner. Stevens suffered a fractured vertabra and collapsed lung in the spill.
Samuel D. Riddle purchased the yearling Man o' War for $5,000 in a sale of August Belmont II's bloodstock at Saratoga.
Jockey Steve Cauthen rode Affirmed for the first time, winning the Sanford Stakes at Saratoga Racecourse by 2 3/4 lengths.
Zippy Chippy, loser of all 86 of his lifetime races, was defeated again--this time by minor-league baseball player Jose Herrera in a 40-yard dash. The race, called the "2000 Red Wings Derby," was held prior to a home game of the International League's Rochester Red Wings.
The Jockey Club announced that the owner of Papyrus, winner of the Epsom Derby, had accepted an invitation to compete in an international match race in the U.S., against an American horse. Zev, winner of the 1923 Kentucky Derby, was chosen to represent the U.S. against Papyrus in the race, scheduled for October.
Trainer Dale Baird saddled his first winner, New York, at Ellis Park.
Trainer Linda Rice saddled the top four finishers in the $83,250 Mechanicville Stakes over the turf at Saratoga. Rice won the race with Ahvee's Destiny, with Canadian Ballet second by a head, Silver Timber a half-length farther back in third; and Karakorum Elektra another three-quarters of a length behind in fourth.
In the conclusion of their 10-race rivalry, Alydar scored his third success against Affirmed in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga Racecourse, when his adversary was disqualified from first place.
Jockey Earlie Fires became the eleventh rider in Thoroughbred racing history to register 5,000 victories when he guided Tex's Zing to victory in the ninth race at Arlington International Racecourse. He joined history-making jockeys Bill Shoemaker, Laffit Pincay Jr., Angel Cordero Jr., John Longden, Jorge Velasquez, Larry Snyder, Sandy Hawley, Dave Gall, Carl Gambardella and Chris McCarron.
Ogden Phipps' Buckpasser, ridden by Braulio Baeza, became racing's first three-year-old millionaire after he won the Travers Stakes at Saratoga Racecourse.
Ron Ardoin became the 16th jockey in North America to win 5,000 races when he guided Heart of an Angel to a three-length victory in the seventh race at Louisiana Downs.
Aug. 31, 1985 Angel Cordero Jr., 42, became the third rider in history, behind Bill Shoemaker and Laffit Pincay Jr., to have his mounts earn $100 million, while riding at Belmont Park.
Perry Ouzts gained the 5,000th win of his riding career when he piloted Kandinsky to victory in the 1st race at River Downs.
In preparation for his next start, the Aug. 26 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga Racecourse, Secretariat worked a half-mile in 46 2/5.
Hall of Fame trainer Woodford Cefis "Woody" Stephens died in Miami Lakes, Fla. He was 84.
Jockey Tammi Piermarini recorded the 2,000th win of her career, piloting Sugar Trade to victory in the third race at Suffolk Downs. Piermarini joined Julie Krone (3,704 wins), Rosemary Homeister Jr. (2,438), Patti Cooksey (2,137) and Vicki Aragon Baze (2,019) in the exclusive group of women with 2,000 or more career victories.
Carl Gambardella had his first career winner, aboard Rollin Warm, at Hagerstown.
Frank Whiteley-trained Ruffian won the Spinaway Stakes by 13 lengths at Saratoga Racecourse, ending her two-year-old season with a 5-for-5 record. Ruffian was subsequently voted champion juvenile filly of 1974.
Trainer King Leatherbury became just the third trainer in history to win 6,000 races after saddling Cherokee Sunrise to victory in the seventh race at Timonium.
Carrying 134 pounds, Dr. Fager set the then-world record for a mile in the Washington Park Handicap at Arlington Park. The time for his 10-length victory was 1:32 1/5. The previous record was 1:32 3/5, set by three-year-old Buckpasser on June 25, 1966 at Arlington Park.
Jockey Larry Snyder won his 6,000th career race, aboard a filly named Speedski, in the first race at Louisiana Downs. Snyder was the sixth rider in history to accomplish that feat.
Jockey Julie Krone became the first female rider to win a million-dollar race when she piloted Candy Ride to victory in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar.
Julie Krone won her 1,000th career victory, aboard Tiger Higgins in the second race at Monmouth Park.
Jockey Pat Day gained his 7,000th career victory aboard Bay Harbor in the second race at Saratoga Racecourse. Day became the fifth rider to reach the 7,000-win plateau.
A record Travers Stakes day attendance of 60,486 watched Point Given win the race dubbed the "Midsmummer Derby". The day's total betting handle of $34,529,273 was also a Saratoga record.
For the first time since 1874, the Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course resulted in a dead heat. The co-winners were the favored and 33-1 longshot Golden Ticket.
A syndicate headed by Howard E. Booker of San Francisco, unveiled a proposal for an off-track betting system in New York. Booker's group, planning to use Western Union to compile off-track bets, sought to establish 139 betting offices, to be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Secretariat won the Hopeful Stakes by five lengths at Saratoga Racecourse for his second stakes win in as many tries.
The Thoroughbred Racing Associations denounced a plan for off-track betting in New York. John A. Morris, the TRA president, declared "Although it could mean increased profits for the race tracks, off-course betting would inevitably subordinate racing and bring on an adverse public reaction which would kill a traditionally great sport and an economically significant industry."
A winning ride aboard Precisionist in the Cabrillo Handicap at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club made Chris McCarron the fifth jockey to surpass $100 million in career earnings.
Charlie Whittingham became the first trainer to surpass 500 stakes wins when he sent Ferdinand to victory in the Cabrillo Handicap at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.
Laffit Pincay Jr., 46, became the second rider in North American racing history to ride 8,000 winners when he rode El Toreo to victory in the seventh race at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. Bill Shoemaker was the first to hit 8,000, a feat he accomplished in 1981 at age 49.
Bill Shoemaker became the first jockey to win a $1 million race when he rode John Henry to a nose victory over The Bart in the inaugural Arlington Million at Arlington Park.