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Damascus, Man O'War, Morley Street, Bill Shoemaker - October 12th

Bill Shoemaker, Hall of Fame jockey who won 8,833 races including four Kentucky Derbys, died at age 72. ~2003
Damascus, owned by Edith W. Bancroft, broke his maiden at Aqueduct Racetrack, winning by eight lengths. ~1966
A new ESPN Sports Poll measuring fan interest in major sports during the first half of 2000 showed an interest growth in horseracing of 8.5 percent when measured against the same period in 1999. ~2000
Morley Street(IRE) won the Breeders' Cup Steeplechase for the second consecutive year, becoming the third horse to win two Breeders' Cup Championship races. ~1991
Man O'War set a track record when he and Sir Barton squared off in a 1 1/4 match race at Kenilworth Park in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.  Man O' War carried 120 pounds, while Sir Barton carried 126.  Sir Barton, bothered by sore hooves on Kenilworth's hard surface, was beaten by seven lengths.  Man O' War earned a record $75,000 for his win.  His time for the distance was 2:03, besting the previous record by over 6 seconds.  The official chart reads as follows: "Man o' War bounded to the front when the barrier was released and, setting a great pace for this track, won all the way never fully extended."  This was Man O' War's last race, so his records ended with 10 wins from 21 starts.  Man O' War was retired at the age of 3 because Mr. Riddle was told that if Man O' War raced at 4, he would be forced to carry the highest weight any horse had ever been imposed with --- 145-150 lb.  ~1920


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