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
  • 1864-08-02 Saratoga Racecourse, America's oldest Thoroughbred racetrack, opens its inaugural meet with four days of racing
  • 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 Racing Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Arcaro wins his 1st race
  • 1942-03-19 Thoroughbred Racing Association of US formed in Chicago
  • 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 American thoroughbred races
  • 1975-06-21 Ruffian leads all the way to win the Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont and clinch American thoroughbred racing's Triple Tiara for fillies
  • 1979-06-30 Davona Dale wins the Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont to clinch American thoroughbred racing's Triple Tiara for fillies
  • 1983-06-29 Angel Cordero wins his 5,000th horse races
  • 1984-10-13 John Henry becomes 1st thoroughbred to win $6 million
  • 1984-11-10 Horse Racing Breeders' Cup Champs: Chief's Crown, Eillo, Lashkari, Outstandingly, Princess Rooney, Royal Heroine, Wild Again at Hollywood
  • 1985-07-06 Mom's Command wins the Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont to clinch American thoroughbred racing's Triple Tiara for fillies
  • 1985-11-02 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
  • 1989-07-03 Open Mind wins American thoroughbred racing's Triple Tiara for fillies when Nite of Fun is disqualified in the Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont
  • 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
  • 1991-10-07 Scorecard Harry, Space Appeal & Cafe Lex in 9th race at Belmont, creating 2nd triple dead heat in NY thoroughbred racing history
  • 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
  • 1993-07-11 Mike Smith aboard Sky Beauty wins the Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont to clinch thoroughbred racing's Triple Tiara for fillies
  • 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
  • 1861-07-01 Samuel D Riddle, American thoroughbred owner (Man 'o War, War Admiral), born in Glen Riddle, Pennsylvania (d. 1951)
  • 1874-03-17 Kincsem, horse that never lost a race
  • 1912-09-22 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Jr., English thoroughbred horse owner (Bed O' Roses, Native Dancer), born in London (d. 1999)
  • 1917-03-29 Man o' War, American thoroughbred racehorse (winner of 20 out of 21 races & $249,465) (d. 1947)
  • 1918-03-03 Peter O'Sullevan, British horse racing commentator 'the voice of racing', born in Kenmare, Ireland (d. 2015)
  • 1925-08-29 Loyd Gentry, American thoroughbred trainer (Kentucky Derby 1967 Proud Clarion), born Covington, Kentucky (d. 2012)
  • 1933-07-01 Peter Walwyn, British thoroughbred trainer (champion trainer 1974-75), born in Lambourn, England (d.2017)
  • 1938-04-02 Whirlaway, American thoroughbred racehorse, 1941 Triple Crown Winner (d. 1953)
  • 1940-03-26 Braulio Baeza, jockey (National Horse Racing Hall of Famer)
  • 1942-07-09 Robert J. Frankel, American thoroughbred race horse trainer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1943-01-11 Henry Cecil, Aberdeen, Scotland, English horse racing trainer
  • 1945-06-27 John M. Veitch, American Hall of Fame Thoroughbred horse trainer, born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1973-03-31 Bold Forbes, Puerto Rican-American thoroughbred racehorse (d. 2000)
  • 2003-04-29 Barbaro, American thoroughbred racehorse (d. 2007)

Deaths in Sport

  • 1947-11-01 Man o' War, American thoroughbred racehorse (b. 1917)
  • 1951-01-08 Samuel D Riddle, American thoroughbred owner (Man 'o War, War Admiral), dies at 89
  • 1970-02-23 Hirsch Jacobs, American thoroughbred horse trainer and owner (b. 1904)
  • 1975-07-07 Ruffian, American thoroughbred racehorse (b. 1972)
  • 1978-01-25 Tango Duke, dies in Australia at 42; oldest known thoroughbred horse
  • 1999-11-12 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Jr., English thoroughbred horse owner (Bed O' Roses, Native Dancer), dies at 87
  • 2007-01-29 Barbaro, American thoroughbred racehorse (b. 2003)
  • 2009-11-16 Robert J. Frankel, American thoroughbred race horse trainer, dies at 68
  • 2011-05-10 Michael Baze, American horse racing jockey (b. 1987)
  • 2012-07-01 Loyd Gentry, American thoroughbred trainer (Kentucky Derby 1967 Proud Clarion), dies of heart failure at 86
  • 2015-07-29 Peter O'Sullevan, British horse racing commentator 'the voice of racing', dies at 97
  • 2017-12-07 Peter Walwyn, British thoroughbred trainer (champion trainer 1974-75), dies at 84