NTRA Thoroughbred Facts & Figures
Compiled by NTRA Communications
FAIR GROUNDS RACE MEET OPENS FRIDAY
Fair Grounds continues its exciting growth pattern when the 137th live Thoroughbred race meeting at the nation's third-oldest track gets under way Friday.
The 2008-2009 meet at the historic New Orleans facility will get under way before its traditional Thanksgiving Day debut for the first time since 1979. The earlier start has allowed for six more days to be added to the schedule.
Highlighting the stakes schedule of Fair Grounds' major events are "Road to the Derby" Kickoff Day on Jan. 10, Louisiana Derby Preview Day on Feb. 7 and Louisiana Derby Day on March 14, each of which will again feature six stakes. All 10 graded stakes on Fair Grounds' schedule will be offered on one of these three days.
JONES WINS BIG SPORT OF TURFDOM AWARD
The Turf Publicists of America (TPA) announced this week that Larry Jones, trainer of the brilliant three-year-old fillies Proud Spell and Eight Belles, has been chosen as the 2008 winner of the organization's Big Sport of Turfdom award. The award, voted on by TPA members, is presented annually to a person or group of people who enhances coverage of Thoroughbred racing through cooperation with the media and Thoroughbred racing publicists.
Jones will receive the 43rd annual Big Sport of Turfdom award on Tuesday, December 9 in Tucson during the keynote luncheon of the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program Symposium on Racing & Gaming. The Symposium will be held at the Westin La Paloma Resort in Tucson from December 8-11.
RACING TO HISTORY
Nov. 14, 1997 -- Jockey Eddie Arcaro, a 1958 Racing Hall of Fame inductee and the only two-time winner of the Triple Crown, died of cancer at his home in Miami at age 81.
Nov. 15, 1990 -- Alydar, one of the top sires in America and runner-up in all three Triple Crown races to Affirmed, was euthanized at Calumet Farm.
Nov. 15, 1995 -- Jockey Julie Krone rode her 3,000th career winner, in the fourth race at Aqueduct, aboard Dustin's Dreamer.
Nov. 16, 1951 -- The Pimlico Special, then a winner-take-all $15,000 contest, became the first race to be televised nationally. The winner was C.T. Chenery's Bryan G.
Nov. 18, 1961 -- Jockey Eddie Arcaro rode his last career race, finishing third on Endymion in the Pimlico Futurity. He retired with a then-record $30,039,543 in purses.
Nov. 18, 1972 -- Secretariat capped his two-year-old racing season with a 3 1-2 length victory in the Garden State Stakes at Garden State Park. The winner's share of the purse was $179,199, the most Secretariat ever won in a single race.
Nov. 18, 1979 -- In the eighth race at Aqueduct, Laffit Pincay Jr. had his 4,000th career win, aboard Gladiolus.
Nov. 19, 1956 -- Jockey Fernando Toro won his first career race at the Hipodromo in Santiago, Chile.
Nov. 19, 2003 -- Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze reached the 400-win mark for the 11th time in the last 12 years when he guided Hooked On Niners to victory in the third race at Golden Gate Fields.
Nov. 20, 2004 -- Trainer Steve Asmussen established a new single-year record for victories when Coronado Rose won the 9th race at Delta Downs in Vinton, La. The victory was Asmussen's 497th of the year, surpassing the previous record set by Jack Van Berg in 1976. Asmussen went on to win a total of 555 races in 2004.
WEEKEND STAKES RACES
(Unrestricted stakes in N.A. worth $100,000 and up)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15
Glorious Song Stakes, 2yo fillies, $150,000, 7F, Woodbine
Cardinal Handicap, 3&up (f&m), $100,000, Grade III, 1 1-8M (T), Churchill Downs
Stuyvesant Handicap, 3&up, $100,000, Grade III, 1 1-8M, Aqueduct
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16
Colonial Cup Steeplechase Handicap, 4&up, $150,000, Grade I, 2 3-4M (Steeplechase), Camden
Moccasin Stakes, 2yo fillies, $100,000, 7F, Hollywood Park
Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press
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