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Storm Cat, Seattle Slew, Spectacular Bid, Sheikh Mo - September 20th

Storm Cat's stud fee was raised from $200,000 to $300,000. ~1999
 
Leading breeder Harry T. Mangurian, Jr., pledged $1 million to the National Thoroughbred Racing Association-New York Heroes Fund. ~2001
 
Jockey Jorge Velasquez made his American racing debut, riding for owner Fred W. Hooper, at Atlantic City Racecourse. He won with his first mount, aboard Keypoint, in the sixth race, at 8-1 odds. ~1965
 
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Dubai's Crown Prince and Defense Minister of the United Arab Emirates, donated $5 million to a disaster relief fund, established by Keeneland, to assist those affected by the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11. ~2001
 
Two-year-old Seattle Slew made his racing debut, winning a six furlong maiden race by five lengths at Belmont Park. His zesty workouts prior to the race made Seattle Slew the 2-1 favorite and he was the public's choice in both his subsequent races that year. After only three starts (including the Champagne Stakes) in the space of 27 days, Seattle Slew was voted champion two-year-old colt. ~1976
 
Before a crowd of 23,000 spectators, four-year-old Spectacular Bid won the Woodward Stakes in the world's richest walkover. To the surprise of trainer Bud Delp and owners Harry, Teresa and Tom Meyerhoff, The Bid was awarded only $73,300, which was half of the winner's share of the purse, but all that was allowable under the track's rules. There had not been a walkover in a major U.S. stakes race since Coaltown won the Edward Burke Handicap at Santa Anita on April 23, 1949. ~1980

 

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I know I watched it on TV as my mom always watched the races that were televised, but I do not remember much about it, unfortunately. Wish I could have seen some of these Greats race in person.
I remember watching the 1980 Woodward on national TV ... It was nice to see one of the all-time greats have a moment like that, but it was also a little bizarre.