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Wide World horse racing
Milestones and Highlights



1966
JANUARY 1 -- Horse Racing on Ice from St. Moritz becomes the first Wide World of Sports segment in color.

1973
NOVEMBER 10
-- Triple Crown winner Secretariat's final race from Toronto.

1977
JANUARY 22
-- Profile of 16-year-old apprentice jockey Steve Cauthen.

MAY 7 -- Seattle Slew, who would go on to become the first Triple Crown winner in 29 years, won the Flamingo Stakes (March 26th) and the Wood Memorial (April 23rd) on his way to the Kentucky Derby title.

1978
MARCH 12 & APRIL 2
-- Affirmed's first race as a three-year-old and Alydar's victory in the Florida Derby...the two horses went on to run a classic series of races, with Affirmed winning the Triple Crown.

1979
FEBRUARY 10
-- Spectacular Bid's first race as a three-year-old in the Hutcheson Stakes.

1980
MAY 17
-- The placement and angles of ABC Sports cameras was part of a controversy that involved Kentucky Derby winner Genuine Risk when she finished second behind Codex in the Preakness Stakes. At the head of the stretch Codex and his jockey Angel Cordero seemed to drift out and take the path of Genuine Risk. The stewards at Pimlico refused to change the originial order of finish and the matter ended up in the courts when Genuine Risk's owners filed suit.

1981
APRIL 18
-- Pleasant Colony wins the Wood Memorial for the quintessential New York trainer Johnny Campo. He would go on to win the Kentucky Derby two weeks later.

1984
MARCH 31
-- Swale wins the Florida Derby for his 71-year old trainer Woody Stephens. Less than two months later Stephens would be released from a hospital the morning of the Kentucky Derby and Swale would go on to complete the fairy tale ending with a Blanket of Roses...A most memorable shot of Woody Stephens hugging his Doctor as the horses crossed the finish line was among the great sports moments of 1984.

1986
APRIL 6
-- Ferdinand is a non-threatening third behind Snow Chief as ABC Sports returns to the Santa Anita Derby. Ferdinand would turn the tables on the first Saturday of May giving jockey Bill Shoemaker a Kentucky Derby win at the age of 59.

1988
MAY 7
-- The Kentucky Derby becomes a fixture on Wide World of Sports...Winning Colors becomes only the third filly in history to win the Kentucky Derby.

MAY 21 -- After finishing third in the Kentucky Derby, Risen Star rebounds to win the Preakness Stakes.

JUNE 11 -- Risen Star wins the third leg of the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes, becoming the 31st horse to win two but not three legs of the Triple Crown.

1989
APRIL 8
-- Sunday Silence emerges as a Kentucky Derby favorite with a victory in the Santa Anita Derby.

MAY 6 -- Sunday Silence upsets the favorite, Easy Goer, to win the Kentucky Derby.

MAY 20 -- Sunday Silence edges Easy Goer in one of the greatest stretch runs in horse racing history to claim the second leg of the Triple Crown at the Preakness Stakes.

JUNE 10 -- Easy Goer ends Sunday Silence's bid for the Triple Crown with a convincing victory in the Belmont Stakes.

1990
MAY 5
-- Unbridled wins the Kentucky Derby for his trainer, Carl Nafzger, and his owner, Mrs. Francis Genter...this show provided one of Wide World's most vivid "thrill of victory" moments -- "I love you Mrs Genter."

1991
MAY 4
-- Kentucky Derby: Trainer Nick Zito's joy is captured in the owner's box after his horse, Strike the Gold, makes a dramatic come from behind victory....Jim McKay talks to Bill Shoemaker about his recovery from an auto accident.

JUNE 8 -- Belmont Stakes: More than 51,000 horseracing fans watch as Preakness winner Hansel comes from behind to prevail by a head over Derby winner Strike the Gold. Hansel's victories in the Preakness and Belmont Stakes ignite a campaign that would culminate with the award of 3-year old champion.

1992
APRIL 4
-- An up close and personal on Bill Shoemaker, one year after a car accident left him paralyzed. A.P. Indy wins the Santa Anita Derby and Belmont Stakes (on June 6) on Wide World. Those wins would propel him to Horse of the Year honors.

MAY 2 -- Long shot Lil E. Tee puts in a terrific stretch run to win the Kentucky Derby over Casual Lies. Favorite Arazi generates tremendous pre-race media commotion, while rap star Hammer brings Hollywood glitz to the sport as co-owner of Dance Floor.

1993
APRIL 3
-- Coverage of the Santa Anita Derby is overshadowed by one of the most unusual turn of events in the history of horse racing at the Grand National steeplechase in Aintree, England. Animal rights protestors create confusion and havoc at the start of the race. The field false starts twice and organizers are forced to call off the race for the first time in it's 164 year history when half of the field fails to heed the second false start and races on.

MAY 1 -- Sea Hero wins the 119th running of the Kentucky Derby. It was an historic afternoon for 85-year old owner Paul Mellon, 71-year old trainer MacKenzie Miller and 35-year old jockey Jerry Bailey, none of whom had ever been to the winner's circle at the Derby.

MAY 15 -- Prairie Bayou's victory in The Preakness Stakes is marred by the breakdown of D. Wayne Lukas' horse, Union City.

JUNE 5 -- Colonial Affair captures the Belmont Stakes.

AUGUST 21 -- Sea Hero emerges victorious at the Travers Stakes. In the aftermath of Prairie Bayou, WWOS examines the advances in horse surgery.

1994
APRIL 9, MAY 21, JUNE 11 and AUGUST 20
-- WWOS tracks the recovery and grueling rehabilitation process undertaken by Jeff Lukas, who was severely injured by thoroughbred race horse Tabasco Cat. The horse is trained by his father, D. Wayne Lukas. Tabasco Cat goes on to win the Preakness (5/21) and Belmont Stakes (6/11) and finishes second at the Santa Anita Derby.

MAY 7 -- WWOS debuts the Cable Cam at the 120th Kentucky Derby. This innovative camera is suspended from a cable in the infield of the track and is able to follow the progress of the horses on the backstretch at speeds of up to 35 mph....Trainer Nick Zito urges on his horse, Go For Gin, down the homestretch by shouting until he loses his voice, "Run for the roses, as fast as you can. I love you God. I love you America. I love my kids. I love everybody. God Bless America.

1995 MARCH 11 -- Thunder Gulch wins his 1st of 4 races on WWOS in '95 when he defeats Suave Prospect by a nose to give Mike Smith his second straight Florida Derby. Thunder Gulch goes on to win the Kentucky Derby, Belmont and Travers Stakes.... On this day, Jerry Bailey rides 10 horses and reaches the winner's circle 7 times; if not for losing by a nose in the Florida Derby he would have won 8 straight races; his 6 straight wins are a Gulfstream Park record.

MAY 6 -- Thunder Gulch wins the Kentucky Derby, from the No. 16 post, over his more heralded stablemates Timber Country and Serena's Song.

JUNE 10 -- At the Belmont Stakes, D. Wayne Lukas is forced to scratch Preakness champion Timber Country due to fever. But when Kentucky Derby victor Thunder Gulch wins the Belmont, Lukas becomes the first trainer in history to lead 2 different horses to all 3 Triple Crown titles in one season.

1996
MAY 4
-- The Triple Crown begins with the Kentucky Derby, where Grindstone edges Cavonnier by a nose in the closest Derby finish since 1959. Unbridled's Song, the favorite, cannot overcome a crack in his left front heel that forced him to run in bar shoes. Shortly after his Derby win, Grindstone is retired to stud due to a bone chip in his right front leg.

MAY 18 -- Louis Quatorze goes wire-to-wire to win the Preakness Stakes and ends trainer D. Wayne Lukas' streak of six straight Triple Crown victories.

JUNE 8 -- At the Belmont Stakes, trainer Lukas comes back to the winner's circle with Editor's Note to win his 7th of 8 straight Triple Crown races. Cavonnier, the Kentucky Derby runner-up and the Belmont favorite, sustains a bowed tendon in his right front leg in the home stretch and would be retired to stud.

1997
MAY 3
-- At the 123rd Kentucky Derby, Silver Charm beats Captain Bodgit by a head--providing not only drama, but redemption for trainer Bob Baffert, who thought he'd won last year with Cavonnier until a photo finish showed Grindstone ahead by a nose. Bodgit's defeat was the 18th straight loss by a pre-Derby favorite. Also, Bodgit jockey Alex Solis wears the Derby's first "jockeycam." (The 19-oz. device was also used during Bodgit's Wood Memorial win on APRIL 12th, but rain/mud obscured the view.)

MAY 17 -- The Triple Crown shapes up into a 3-way rivalry as the top 3 Derby finishers finish 1-3-2 in the Preakness Stakes. This time, Silver Charm beats Free House by a head. Notably, Touch Gold finishes an impressive 4th after falling on his face out of the start gate.

JUNE 7 -- Only the mile-and-a-half Belmont Stakes separate Silver Charm from the first Triple Crown victory since 1978... but Captain Bodgit--out with a leg injury--isn't there to push him. Instead, Touch Gold and jockey Chris McCarron steal horse racing's third jewel. Silver Charm is the runner-up, Free House places third.

1998
MAY 2
-- Trainer Bob Baffert won the 124th running of the Kentucky Derby (his second straight triumph at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May), but it wasn't with his other horse, favorite Indian Charlie. Real Quiet, with Kent Desormeaux aboard, grabbed the lead on the backstretch and held off Victory Gallop at the finish for the win. It was just the third win in 13 starts for Real Quiet. Indian Charlie, who was 4-0 entering the race, finished third.

MAY 16-- In the Preakness Stakes, Real Quiet outraced Victory Gallop once again and gave trainer Bob Baffert his second straight shot at a Triple Crown with a win at the Belmont Stakes. Classic Cat finished third. Two fires broke out at Pimlico Race Course hours before the 123rd Preakness. The race and the telecast went off without a hitch, but the betting handle was off 20 percent from Preakness Day in 1997.

JUNE 6-- The horses completed the mile and a half at the 130th Belmont Stakes in 2 minutes and 29 seconds, but it took nearly twice as long (5 minutes and 41 seconds) to determine the winner. In the stretch, Real Quiet drifted out and bumped Victory Gallop. Jockey Gary Stevens, who lost the '97 Belmont aboard Triple Crown hopeful Silver Charm, told the outriders to put a "hold" on the race, and the stewards' inquiry sign flashed on the toteboard. After nearly six minutes, Stevens' horse Victory Gallop was declared the winner. Bob Baffert was denied the Triple Crown for the second year in a row.

1999
MAY 1
- The Kentucky Derby
Charismatic, ridden by Chris Antley, won the 125th Kentucky Derby after lying third behind Cat Thief and Wordly Manner with a quarter mile to go. The jockey and the horse gave trainer, D. Wayne Lukas, his third win of the 1990s. It was the fourth Derby victory overall for Lukas, who was voted into the Hall of Fame April 27th.

MAY 15- - The Preakness Stakes
Charismatic won, defeating Menifee and Badge, who finished second and third respectively. Charismatic became the fourth straight horse to win the first two legs of the Triple Crown.

JUNE 5-- The Belmont Stakes
Lemon Drop Kid, ridden by Jose Santos, won with Vision and Verse finishing second. Charismatic ended up third, but in this, his last race, he limped across the finish line after fracturing two bones in his left front leg. Charismatic was the 17th horse to win first two legs of the Triple Crown without winning the Belmont Stakes.

2000
May 6
, 2000- Phenom three-year old, Fusaichi Pegasus wins the 126th Kentucky Derby by a length and a half in one of the fastest Derby times ever setting off anxiety about a Triple Crown Winner.

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