2000s | Horse Racing Timeline

April 22, 2000, Tiznow finished a nondescript sixth at 13.80-1 odds in his career debut at Santa Anita.


April 24, 2000, the Keeneland Foundation would be officially restructured as a non-profit organization.  The new (501)c 3 status now allows Keeneland to accept contributions and give donors tax breaks.  


July 4, 2000, Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze scored his 7,000 career victory aboard This Is the Moment at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton, CA.  Baze became the sixth jockey to join the 7,000-win club.


July 8, 2000, General Express set a world record when he went five furlongs on the turf in :54.60 in the Decathlon Stakes at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J.  General Express eclipsed the mark of :54.97 set by Klassy Briefcase in a Monmouth allowance race on June 8, 1991.


July 15, 2000, three-year-old filly Hallowed Dreams kept her record perfect and tied Cigar's and Citation's record of 16 consecutive wins by taking the Dixie Miss Stakes at Louisiana Downs.


July 30, 2000, five mares competed in the Go Wand Stakes (G1) at Aqueduct for three-years-old and up.  Four of the five entered were graduates of the Keeneland sales ring.


September 8, 2000, Churchill Downs Incorporated completed a merger with Chicago’s Arlington International Racecourse (now Arlington Park), which involved an exchange of stock with Arlington owner Richard Duchossois.


November 4, 2000, the first Breeders' Cup of the 21st Century started off with two huge upsets.  Spain won the Distaff at odds of 56-1, which was followed by Caressing, winning the Juvenile Fillies at 47-1.  Defending champion Cat Thief returned for the Classic.  Watch the Classic!

July 26, 2008, Commentator scored a dominant, front-running victory in the $750,000 Whitney Handicap at Saratoga Race Course.  Sent to the lead heading into the first turn, Commentator, ridden by John Velazquez, set a moderate pace and was never threatened while running 1 1/8M in 1:50.23.  The 7-year-old gelding widened the advantage to 4¾ lengths over Student Council at the wire in front of 27,297.  “This is a good illustration to anyone -- don’t ever give up,” said Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito, who also won the race with Commentator in 2005.  Commentator joined five-time Horse of the Year Kelso and Discovery, both three-time winners, as the only repeat winners of the Whitney.  Watch the race. 


August 18, 2008, Linda Rice trained the first four finishers in the Mechanicville Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, a result dubbed the “Rice Superfecta.”


October 24 & 25, 2008, Changes continued for the Breeders’ Cup as it celebrated its 25th year under the San Gabriel Mountains in California.  For the first time, the main track was a synthetic surface.  The series, now worth $25.5 million in purses, was also expanded to 14 races with the addition of the Turf Sprint, the Juvenile Fillies Turf and the Marathon.  The name of the Distaff changed to the Ladies’ Classic.  The new name was christened with a new star, the four-year-old filly Zenyatta, who came from last to first to win under jockey Mike Smith.  The next day, another female force emerged when the three-year-old Goldikova defeated male rivals in the MileWatch the Classic!

February 15, 2009, Rachel Alexandra begins her three-year-old campaign with a easy mile victory at Oaklawn’s 9th race, the Martha Washington.   Video


March 14, 2009, Rachel Alexandra, wins her first graded stakes of the year, Fairgrounds Oaks (GII) in the slop, effortlessly.  Video


May 1, 2009, Rachel Alexandra won the Kentucky Oaks (GI) in 2009 by 20​1⁄4-lengths, by far the largest in the race’s history.  Video


May 16, 2009, Rachel Alexandra became the first filly to win the Preakness in 85 years and the first to win from the outside position.  Video


June 27, 2009, Rachel Alexandra, won her third Grade I of the year, the Mother Goose.  She set the record for fastest time and margin of victory, topping the legend Ruffian’s reocrd.  Video


August 2, 2009, Rachel Alexandra takes on the boys again in the Haskell (GI) winning in the slop by six, just missing the track record.  Video


September 5, 2009, Rachel Alexandra ends her three-year-old season, 8 for 8, undefeated, by winning the Woodford (I).  For the first time all year a few of the boys came close, but she put them away to be the first female of any age to win the historic Woodford Stakes.  Video 


November 7, 2009, Zenyatta became the first female to win the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Classic run at Santa Anita Park.  She carried 124 lbs and won by 1 length over Gio Ponti.  She earned $2,700,000 of the $5,000,000 purse.  Later she became the first horse to win two different Breeders’ Cup races, improving her winning record to 14 of 14.  Zenyatte won 19 consecutive races in a 20-race careerVideo 

March 14, 2013, case #7, shortly after case #7 died suddenly at Hollywood Park, the equine medical director advised executive director Kirk Breed that even though the ongoing medical review had not revealed nor suggested any improper activity, the CHRB should conduct an official investigation.  The executive director ordered chief investigator Bill Westerman to precede with an investigation into the Baffert sudden deaths.


May 4, 2013, Kentucky native Shug McGaughey finally get his elusive Kentucky Derby win with Orb.  Watch the race.


November 2, 2013, Mucho Macho Man wins the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic by a nose for jockey Gary Stevens, trainer Kathy Ritvo and owners Reeves Thoroughbred Racing.  Watch the race. 


November 2, 2013, Wise Dan wins the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Mile for the second straight year.  Watch the race

November 5, 2016, Breeders' Cup World Championships ended on Saturday with nine races all with year-end championship implications.  72,811 fans packed Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, a new record for Saturday since the event expanded to two days.  Dubai World Cup (G1) winner California Chrome was sent off as the 9-10 favorite in the field of nine over 8-5 Arrogate and 8-1 Frosted.  Watch the $6 Million Classic.