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Thoroughbred Racing Notrebook

January 12, 1996

NEW YORK (AP) _ News and notes from around the Thoroughbred racing world, compiled by Thoroughbred Racing Communications, Inc.:


The Thoroughbred Racing Associations announced the divisional winners of the 1995 Eclipse Awards. The Horse of the Year title, which is expected to go to Cigar, winner of all 10 of his races last year, will be announced at the Eclipse Award ceremonies Feb. 9.

Winners in each of the divisional categories are as follows: Two-Year-Old Colt or Gelding _ Maria’s Mon; Two-Year-Old Filly _ Golden Attraction; Three-Year-Old Colt or Gelding _ Thunder Gulch; Three-Year-Old Filly _ Serena’s Song; Older Horse (Four Years Old or Older) _ Cigar; Older Filly or Mare _ Inside Information; Sprinter _ Not Surprising; Male Turf Horse _ Northern Spur (IRE); Female Turf Horse _ Possibly Perfect; Steeplechase Horse _ Lonesome Glory; Apprentice Jockey _ Ramon B. Perez; Jockey _ Jerry Bailey; Trainer _ Bill Mott; Owner _ Allen Paulson; and Breeder _ Juddmonte Farms (Prince Khalid Abdullah).

Voting for the Eclipse Awards is done by three representative organizations: Thoroughbred Racing Associations, National Turf Writers Association and Daily Racing Form. The Eclipse Awards ceremony will take place Friday, Feb. 9 at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, Calif.

(For further information contact Conrad Sobkowiak at the TRA, (410) 392-9200.)


Jockey Russell Baze has been named to receive a Special Eclipse Award in recognition of his achievement of being the first rider in history to have won more than 400 races for four consecutive years. Baze, 37, has won more than 5,100 career races, earning more than $70 million. Based in Northern California, Baze has won 22 riding titles at Bay Meadows and Golden Gate Fields.

Other recipients of the Special Eclipse Award include Robert J. Kleberg, C.V. Whitney, John Longden, Eddie Arcaro and Anheuser-Busch.

James E. ``Ted″ Bassett III has been named the recipient of the Eclipse Award of Merit for 1995. Bassett, 74, is chairman of the Keeneland Association, president of Breeders’ Cup Ltd. and president of Equibase Company. He is also a member of The Jockey Club. Bassett began his career in the racing industry in 1968, when he joined Keeneland as an assistant to then-president Louis Lee Haggin II. After Haggin’s death, Bassett was appointed president in 1970. He assumed the role of chairman at Keeneland in 1986, and was elected a trustee in 1993.

Past recipients of the Eclipse Award of Merit, which was inaugurated in 1976, include Alfred G. Vanderbilt, Paul Mellon, Fred W. Hooper, Steve Cauthen, Ogden M. Phipps, Robert P. Strub and John Forsythe.


Thoroughbred owners Sid and Jenny Craig and Hall of Fame jockeys Eddie Delahoussaye, Sandy Hawley, Chris McCarron and Laffit Pincay Jr. will be honored when the Commerce Casino holds its ``Achievement in Sports Awards for Horse Racing and Sports Art Auction″ on Monday, Jan. 15 in Commerce, Calif. The featured artists will include Fred Stone, Bernie Fuchs, Charles Dave De Mar and David Harrington. The Craigs will receive the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund Humanitarian Award.

Tim Conway will be the master of ceremonies and proceeds will benefit the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund, which assists disabled exercise riders and jockeys.

(Additional information may be obtained by contacting Tony DeFranco at (818) 789-2419.)


Churchill Downs will offer the richest stakes schedule in track history with $5.55 million available for the 1996 Spring and Fall meets. Headed by record purses for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks _ $1 million guaranteed minimum for the Derby and $500,000 for the Oaks _ the track will offer a total of 37 stakes races, including 21 graded stakes.

``From top to bottom the 1996 stakes schedule ranks as one of the best in the country,″ said Don Richardson, vice president of racing at Churchill Downs. ``Our stakes schedule serves as the cornerstone for our entire race program. The quality and success of our stakes will carry through and ensure the success of our overall racing.″

Churchill’s Spring meet runs April 27 through June 30 and the Fall meet runs Oct. 27 through Nov. 30.


``Thoroughbred World,″ the monthly television magazine show produced by Phoenix Communications in association with Thoroughbred Racing Communications, has been renewed by the Board of Directors of TRC for 1996.

The show, hosted by Tom Durkin, made its debut in July 1993 and airs monthly on the 20 regional affiliates of PRIME Network, which is available in 40 million homes nationwide.

``This show provides an excellent vehicle to entertain avid racing fans as well as to educate newcomers to our sport,″ Tom Merritt, executive director of TRC said. ``The relationship between TRC and Phoenix also allows us the opportunity to produce ready-to-air video news features that are distributed to news organizations; maintain a video library for the sport; and contribute racing-related footage to Phoenix Communications’ daily sports highlight service, Sports Newsatellite.″

To date, 30 editions of ``Thoroughbred World’ have aired with approximately 122 features. The show has spotlighted racing charities, equine medicine, racetracks, breeding farms and various celebrities who enjoy Thoroughbred racing as owners or fans.


The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., is sponsoring a student art show for youngsters in grades six through 12. Students are invited to submit works of art with an equine theme for the show, entitled ``Horsing Around with the Arts.″ Submissions will be selected by the museum staff and then juried by members of the local arts community. Paintings, sculptures, drawings, ceramics, textiles and photographs will be considered. To enter, student artists must send a photograph of their artwork to the museum by March 1. The show will take place at the museum from April 11 through June 15, 1996. Prizes will be awarded for the winning entries.

For more information or to receive an entry form, contact Margo Olsen, curator of education at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame at (518) 584-0400.


Jan. 12 ‘Racehorse Digest’ midnight-12:30 a.m., ESPN

Jan. 13 ‘Racehorse Digest’ 6:00-6:30 a.m., ESPN

Jan. 17 ‘Racehorse Digest’ 4:00-4:30 p.m., ESPN

Jan. 20 ‘Racehorse Digest’ 1:30-2:00 a.m., ESPN

Jan. 20 ‘Racehorse Digest’ 6:00-6:30 a.m., ESPN

Jan. 24 ‘Racehorse Digest’ 3:30-4:00 p.m., ESPN


Jan. 11, 1950 _ Five-year-old Citation returned to racing at Santa Anita Park, having been sidelined by injury since December 1948. Sent off at odds of 3-20, he won easily over a sloppy surface for his sixteenth consecutive victory.

Jan. 13, 1978 _ Seattle Slew, in training for his four-year-old seasonal debut at Hialeah, first displayed symptoms of the deadly virus Colitis X. The colt was sidelined until May 14, when he won an allowance race at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Jan. 14, 1932 _ Jockey Eddie Arcaro rode his first career winner at Agua Caliente.

Jan. 14, 1953 _ Pimlico’s Preakness Stakes, originally slated for May 16, was put back to May 23, allowing a three-week layover after the Kentucky Derby for the first time.

Jan. 14, 1989 _ Jockey Kent Desormeaux recorded his 1,000th career win in the 10th race at Laurel Racecourse, aboard Eesee’s Taw.

Jan. 19, 1955 _ Swaps won the San Vicente Stakes, the first race of his 3-year-old campaign, by 3 1-2 lengths at Santa Anita Park. He went on to triumph over Nashua in the Kentucky Derby.

Jan. 20, 1972 _ Secretariat was shipped from Virginia to Florida to be trained by Lucien Laurin.

Jan. 20, 1979 _ Odds-on favorite Affirmed, ridden by Steve Cauthen, finished second in the San Fernando Stakes at Santa Anita, beaten by Radar Ahead by 2 3-4 lenghts. It was their fourth consecutive defeat. Cauthen subsequently lost the mount to jockey Laffit Pincay Jr., who rode Affirmed the remainder of its 4-year-old season, winning seven times in seven starts.

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