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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Scorpio edition: Did You Know...

As we celebrate the silver anniversary of my 21st birthday at the Space Station, I thought I'd take a peek at what happened in racing history on this date....and much to my pleasure the horse most prominently displayed in the highlight reel was Big here goes.....did you know:

- That 37 years ago today (and a year after my Orioles had won their third AL pennant in a row) Secretariat won the Laurel Futurity by 8 lengths, sent off at odds of 0.10-1?

- That 36 years ago today, Secretariat wrapped up his racing career with a 6 1/2 length victory in the Canadian International Championship Stakes on the turf at Woodbine Racecourse. Eddie Maple had the ride that day as Ron Turcotte (his regular rider) was serving a suspension.

- That 26 years ago today (I was celebrating #20 in at the Branch Office in Elmira NY - drinking age was 19) jockey Jacinto Vasquez recorded his 4,000th career win riding Sunshine O' My Life at The Big A.

- That a mere 9 years ago today (I still wasn't a racing fan) the sport's winniniest rider, Laffit Pincay Jr. notched his victory #9,000 over his glorious career aboard Chichim at Santa Anita in the $150,000 California Cup Distaff (there's that word again).

- That 11 years ago tomorrow (he shows up again) the iconic Secretariat was selected to be honored with a commemorative postal stamp in 1999.

- That the Thoroughbred Bloggers Alliance has admitted some new member blogs? Be sure to check out Susan at Racing International and Brian from Zipse At The Track, our two newest members. Also a shoutout to four blogs who joined us a short time ago: Brock who resides at The Brock Talk, Michael (current track announcer at Turf Paradise) at They Are Off, Gordon from the Perfect Peace Farm and Glen from the Virginia Thoroughbred Blog. Welcome all and be sure to check out their blogs.

- That the TBA has a new Past Performance Search Engine running here.

- That the Breeders' Cup pre-entries were released this morning!

Source for above DYK post: Equisearch



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