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Monday, October 13, 2008

Did You Know...

- That 81 years ago today (October 13, 1927) Arlington Park opened, built by H.D. Brown and that it had a steeplechase course and polo field? What's more interesting that it led the way in a number of firsts:

* First first electric starting gate (1940)
* Largest closed circuit TV system (1967)
* Introduction of trifecta wagering (1971)
* First million dollar thoroughbred horse race (1981, Arlington Million won by John Henry)

- That 52 years ago today (10/13/56) 1955 Horse of the Year and 4yo Nashua won his last race, the Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes at Belmont Park?

- That 28 years later (10/13/84) the aforementioned John Henry would also run his last race at age nine, setting the then earnings mark with more than $6.5M in winnings? He won the Ballantine's Scotch Classic at The Meadowlands, to earn the richest purse of his career, $740,000, which included a $500,000 bonus for winning both the Turf Classic at Belmont Park and the Meadowlands' race.

- That at the most recent Keeneland sale, the median (midpoint) price for 34 New York-breds sold -$45,000, was 21.6 percent higher than that auction's overall median price of $37,000?

- That NY-bred/based Read the Footnotes cracked the top-10 for U.S./North American-based 1st-crop sires through the first weekend of October? Boosted by unbeaten recent stakes winner Forty Thieves ($144,000) and graded-placed New York-bred winners Cribnote (multiple Grade 1-placed earner of $126,200) and Rereadthefootnotes, he is standing at Becky Thomas' Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson, the 7yo multiple Grade 2-winning son of Smoke Glacken - Baydon Belle, by Al Nasr. He has nine juvenile winners in 2008 from his first crop. His 2008 fee, $8,500, live foal, was the lowest among all of the North American-based top-10 first-crop sires of 2008 through October's first weekend.

- In 1492, Columbus allegedly discovered America? Thanks for the holiday. Wait, why am I working?

3 Comments:

Superfecta said...

Well, of course, the Norse were here before him. Not to mention the Native Americans...

;)

EquiSpace said...

Note the careful use of the word allegedly! Haha. Thanks for reading.

Winston...not really said...

"America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up."
-Oscar Wilde

 

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