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This Date in History

Secretariat, Ribot, Elusive Quality, Charlie Whittingham - July 4th

Two-year-old Ribot won his first race, the Premio Tramuschio. He concluded his career in 1956, with 16 wins in as many starts. ~1954
 
Elusive Quality ran the fastest mile in history in the Poker Handicap at Belmont Park. The five-year-old horse was timed in 1:31 3/5 over a firm turf course. ~1998
 
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas won his first $100,000 stakes race-over the turf-taking the American Handicap with Effervescing, ridden by Laffit Pincay Jr., at Hollywood Park. ~1978
 
Two-year-old Secretariat, ridden by Paul Feliciano, ran fourth to winner Herbull in his racing debut, blocked badly throughout the race, at Aqueduct. It was the poorest placing of Secretariat's career. ~1972
 
Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze scored his 7,000 career victory aboard This Is the Moment at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton, Calif. Baze became the sixth jockey to join the 7,000-win club. ~2000
 
Charlie Whittingham swept the top three spots in the American Handicap at Hollywood Park with his trainees King Pellinore, Riot in Paris and Caucasus. On July 26, he repeated the feat in the Sunset Handicap, with Caucasus first, King Pellinore second and Riot in Paris third. ~1976

 

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Didn't Bobby Frankel win two big stakes races via DQ, and then won another big stakes, on 7/4?
The Dwyer used to be too.
The Suburban Handicap, in Buckpasser's year and many others was held on the fourth of July
Wow, Aqueduct was open on July 4th. How about that!