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December 25, 2007 |
Dale Baird, who has more wins -- 9,445 -- than any other trainer in thoroughbred history, died Sunday in a traffic accident in Indiana. He was 72. Baird was traveling west on Interstate 70 when he apparently lost control of his sport utility vehicle that was hauling an empty horse trailer, crossed the median into eastbound traffic and collided with a car carrying two young men, the Daily Reporter of Greenfield, Ind., reported. Baird and the teenagers in the other car died at the scene.
September 6, 1999 |
Zippy Chippy, the hapless gelding who was banned from racing in New York, traveled to Massachusetts and suffered his 86th consecutive loss Sunday, breaking the record for most consecutive losses by a thoroughbred at the start of a career. Zippy Chippy, an 8-year-old, finished a well-beaten third in a $3,000 maiden race at the Northampton Fair. His latest loss broke the record that he had shared with Really A Tenor, who raced in the 1980s, and Gussie May, who ran in the early 1990s.
March 13, 1991 |
Four active jockeys--Pat Day, Eddie Delahoussaye, Sandy Hawley and Jacinto Vasquez--and the retired Don Brumfield are on this year's ballot for the Racing Hall of Fame. There are four categories besides jockey, and the deadline for voting by 100 Hall of Fame panelists is April 1. The winners--one in each category--will be announced April 24, and induction ceremonies are scheduled for Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in August. The trainer candidates are Dale Baird, Jimmy Croll, Tom J.
December 21, 2007 |
Thoroughbred racing in California will resume today after a short break and a lot of eyes will be focused on the fortunes of trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. Long the kingpin in the northern part of the state, Hollendorfer is on the cusp of a milestone. He is two wins shy of 5,000. Only three trainers -- Dale Baird, Jack Van Berg and King Leatherbury -- have reached such heights.
December 22, 2007 |
Since the Hollywood CashCall Futurity was first run in 1981, only two jockeys have won the race in successive years. Laffit Pincay Jr. won with River Special in 1992 and Valiant Nature in '93. Alex Solis won on 35-1 longshot Matty G in 1995, then on Swiss Yodeler in '96. Jockey Kent Desormeaux, who is wrapping up a solid year, has a chance to match Pincay and Solis today when he rides Massive Drama in the $750,000 Futurity, the closing-day feature at Hollywood Park.
December 30, 2007
Some notable sports deaths in 2007: AUTO RACING Bill France Jr., 74; Bobby Hamilton, 49; Benny Parsons, 65. BASEBALL Steve Barber, 67; Hank Bauer, 84; Rod Beck, 38; Clete Boyer, 70; Lew Burdette, 80; Mike Coolbaugh, 35; Shag Crawford, 90; Bing Devine, 90; Art Fowler, 84; Josh Hancock, 29; Joe Kennedy, 28; Bowie Kuhn, 80; Clem Labine, 80; Joe Nuxhall, 79; Phil Rizzuto, 89; Bill Robinson, 64; Vern Ruhle, 55; John Vukovich, 59.