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Secretariat, Nijinsky II, Spectacular Bid, Bobby Frankel - Oct. 4th

Secretariat worked a mile in 1:37 in preparation for the Oct. 14 Champagne Stakes. ~1972
 
Nijinsky II's 11-race winning streak came to an end when he ran second to Sassafras in the Prix de Arc de Triomphe. ~1970
 
Secretariat, 1973 Triple Crown champion, was euthanized at Claiborne Farm, Paris, Ky., after suffering a severe case of laminitis. He was 19. ~1989
 
Trainer Bobby Frankel saddled Sightseek to victory in the Beldame Stakes at Belmont Park. For Frankel, it was his 23rd Grade I stakes winner of the year, breaking D. Wayne Lukas' record of 22 set in 1987. ~2003
 
Thanks to Belmont Park victories aboard Sightseek in the Beldame Stakes and Birdstone in the Champagne Stakes, jockey Jerry Bailey surpassed his own single season record for North American purse earnings--$19,271,814--set in 2002. ~2003
 
Nineteen members of England's Jockey Club announced an agreement at Newmarket to register their racing colors for purposes of distinguishing runners among a field of horses. The Duke of Devonshire chose straw; and the color, still registered for the family, is the oldest continuously used color in racing. ~1762
 
Less than an hour before post time, Spectacular Bid was scratched from the Jockey Club Gold Cup, the race that was to have been his last. Trainer Bud Delp claimed that Bid had a slight leg injury, but refused to allow a veterinarian to examine the horse and insisted he be retired. Despite this ignoble end to his career, Spectacular Bid's 1980 racing season was perfect.  He won each of his nine starts, all of them stakes, and was subsequently voted Horse of the Year. ~1980

 

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