Today in Horse Race History

Events in Sport

  • 1540-02-09 The first recorded race meet in England (Roodee Fields, Chester)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1905-02-15 1st race meet at Oaklawn Park (Hot Springs, Ark)
  • 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
  • 1951-07-14 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
  • 1981-08-30 Willie Shoemaker becomes the first jockey to win a $1 million thoroughbred horse race when John Henry takes the inaugural Arlington Million by a nose over The Bart
  • 1983-06-29 Angel Cordero wins his 5,000th horse races
  • 1990-02-03 Jockey Bill Shoemaker (58), retires after 40,350 horse race
  • 1991-10-17 Angel Cordero is 3rd jockey to win 7,000 horse races
  • 1992-05-07 Jockey Angel Cordero retires after winning over 7,000 horse races

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1831-02-12 John Morrissey, boxer/developer of Saratoga Springs horse race track
  • 1985-04-10 Eddie Castro, Panamanian jockey (record 9 wins in one race meeting 2005), born in Los Santos Province, Panama