Horse Racing in History

Events in Sport

  • 1668-03-25 1st horse race in America takes place
  • 1809-04-18 First run of 2,000 guineas horse race at Newmarket, England
  • 1815-07-15 1st flat horse race held at English race track Cheltenham on Nottingham Hill
  • 1831-12-10 "Spirit of the Times" begins publishing (weekly horse racing sheet)
  • 1838-01-01 1st official horse race in South Australia-Adelaide
  • 1866-09-25 (Leonard W) Jerome Park opens in Bronx for horse racing
  • 1894-03-13 J L Johnstone of England invents horse racing starting gate
  • 1901-03-15 Horse racing is banned in San Francisco, last race March 16th
  • 1932-01-14 Horse racing legend Eddie Arcaro won his 1st race
  • 1942-07-18 1st legal New Jersey horse race in 50 years; Garden State Park track opens
  • 1950-04-26 Last horse race at Havre de Grace Track in Md, is run
  • 1951-02-03 Largest purse to date in horse racing, $144,323, won by Great Circle
  • 1951-07-14 1st color telecast of a sporting event (CBS-horse race)
  • 1960-06-15 Angel Cordero wins his 1st of over 7000 horse races
  • 1962-07-07 Bill Hartack becomes 8th jockey to win 3,000 horse races
  • 1983-06-29 Angel Cordero wins his 5,000th horse races
  • 1984-11-10 Horse Racing Breeders' Cup Champs: Chief's Crown, Eillo, Lashkari, Outstandingly, Princess Rooney, Royal Heroine, Wild Again at Hollywood
  • 1985-11-02 Horse Racing Breeders' Cup Champs: Cozzene, Life's Magic, Pebbles, Precisionist, Proud Truth, Tasso, Twilight Ridge
  • 1985-11-12 Horse Racing Breeders' Cup Champs: Cozzene, Life's Magic, Pebbles, Precisionist, Proud Truth, Tasso, Twilight Ridge at Aqueduct
  • 1986-11-01 Horse Racing Breeders' Cup Champs: Brave Raj, Capote, Lady's Secret, Last Tycoon, Manila, Skywalker, Smile at Santa Anita
  • 1987-11-21 Horse Racing Breeders' Cup Champs: Epitome, Ferdinand, Miesque, Sacahuista, Success Express, Theatrica, Very Subtle at Hollywood
  • 1988-04-02 Simply Majestic sets horse racing's 1-1/8 mile record at 1:45
  • 1988-11-05 Horse Racing Breeders' Cup Champs: Alysheba, Gt Communicator, Gulch, Is It True, Miesque, Open Mind, Personal Ensign at Churchill Downs
  • 1989-11-04 Horse Racing Breeders' Cup Champs: Bayakoa, Dancing Spree, Go for Wand, Prized, Rhythm, Steinlen, Sunday Silence
  • 1990-02-03 Jockey Billy Shoemaker (58), retires after 40,350 horse race
  • 1990-10-27 Horse Racing Breeders' Cup Champs: Bayakoa, Fly So Free, In The Wings, Meadow Star, Royal Academy, Safely Kept, Unbridled
  • 1991-10-17 Angel Cordero is 3rd jockey to win 7,000 horse races
  • 1991-11-02 Horse Racing Breeders' Cup Champs: Arazi, Black Tie Affair, Dance Smartly, Miss Alleged, Opening Verse, Pleasant Stage, Sheikh Albadou
  • 1992-05-07 Jockey Angel Cordero retires after winning over 7,000 horse races
  • 1992-10-31 Horse Racing Breeders' Cup Champs: A P Indy, Fraise, Gilded Time, Liza, Lure, Paseana, Thirty Slews at Gulfstream Park
  • 1993-11-06 Horse Racing Breeders' Cup Champs: Arcangues, Brocco, Cardmania, Hollywood Wildcat, Kotashaan, Lure, Phone Chatter at Belmont
  • 1994-11-05 Horse Racing Breeders' Cup Champs: Barathea, Cherokee Run, Concern, Flanders, One Dreamer, Tikkanen, Timber Country
  • 1995-10-28 Horse Racing Breeders' Cup Champs: Cigar, Desert Stormer, Inside Information, My Flag, Northern Spur, Ridgewood Pearl, Unbridled's Song
  • 1996-10-26 Horse Racing Breeders' Cup Champs: Lit de Justice, Storm Song, Jewel Princess, Da Hass, Boston Harbor, Pilsudski, Alphabet Soup at Woodbine
  • 1997-11-08 Horse Racing Breeders' Cup Champs: Countess Diana, Elmhurst, Ajina, Spinning World, Favorite Trick, Chief Bearhart, Skip Away

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1831-02-12 John Morrissey, boxer/developer of Saratoga Springs horse race track
  • 1874-03-17 Kincsem, horse that never lost a race
  • 1918-03-03 Peter O'Sullevan, British horse racing commentator 'the voice of racing', born in Kenmare, Ireland (d. 2015)
  • 1940-03-26 Braulio Baeza, jockey (National Horse Racing Hall of Famer)
  • 1943-01-11 Henry Cecil, Aberdeen, Scotland, English horse racing trainer

Deaths in Sport

  • 2011-05-10 Michael Baze, American horse racing jockey (b. 1987)
  • 2015-07-29 Peter O'Sullevan, Irish horse racing commentator 'the voice of racing', dies at 97
  • 2015-07-29 Peter O'Sullevan, British horse racing broadcaster 'voice of racing', dies at 97