Updated on 09/15/2011 2:40PM

2001 racing review timeline


Jan. 12 - Triple Crown winner Affirmed is euthanized at age 26 after foundering in his right front foot.

Jan. 13 - Tiznow wins the Grade 2 San Fernando Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita in his first start since winning the Breeders' Cup Classic Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs.

Jan. 17 - The seven racetracks owned by Frank Stronach's Magna Entertainment rejoin the National Thoroughbred Racing Association after a three-month dispute. Fifteen mid-Atlantic racetracks did not rejoin the NTRA.

Jan. 30 - Tiznow is named Horse of the Year over other finalists Kona Gold, Lemon Drop Kid, and Riboletta.

Feb. 3 - Captain Steve defeats Albert the Great in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park, and Tiznow - the freshly minted Horse of the Year - is upset by Wooden Phone in the Grade 2 Strub Stakes at Santa Anita.

March 3 - Tiznow bounces back from his Strub loss with a five-length score in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap.

March 10 - Monarchos uses an explosive move on the turn to win the $1 million Florida Derby by 4 1/2 lengths. On the West Coast, Golden Ballet holds off Flute to win the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks.

March 17 - Point Given cruises to a 2 1/4-length victory in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita in his first start of the year.

March 24 - Captain Steve and jockey Jerry Bailey win the $6 million Dubai World Cup, and Caller One wins the Golden Shaheen.

March 30 - The Maryland Jockey Club, operator of Laurel and Pimlico, rejoins the NTRA.

April 7 - Point Given becomes the favorite for the Kentucky Derby with a 5 1/2-length score in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby.

April 14 - Millennium Wind wins the Grade 1 Blue Grass at Keeneland, and Congaree takes the Grade 2 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct. Balto Star goes wire to wire in the Grade 2 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park.

April 16 - Laffit Pincay Jr., 54, becomes the oldest jockey to win a Santa Anita riding title.

May 1 - Trainer Richard Mandella and jockey Earlie Fires are voted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, as are the horses Holy Bull, Paseana, and Maskette.

May 3 - Garden State Park in Cherry Hill, N.J., runs its last live race before being closed to make way for an office park and condominiums.

May 4 - Flute, who nearly was excluded from the field because of a lack of earnings, wins the Kentucky Oaks in only her fourth start.

May 5 - Monarchos wins the 127th Kentucky Derby by 4 3/4 lengths over Invisible Ink, with Congaree third. Point Given, the 9-5 favorite, finishes fifth.

May 8 - The University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center reports that a mysterious disease has killed at least 318 late-term foals over the last 11 days. By the end of the breeding season, the disease, called mare reproductive loss syndrome, is responsible for more than 1,200 fetal deaths.

May 19 - Point Given makes amends for his performance in the Kentucky Derby by winning the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico over

A P Valentine. Derby winner Monarchos runs sixth.

May 22 - Hialeah runs what may be its last race.

June 9 - Point Given wins the rubber match with Monarchos, romping by 12 1/4 lengths in the Belmont Stakes. Monarchos finishes third. In England, Galileo remains unbeaten in four starts with a victory in the Epsom Derby.

June 16 - The Jockeys' Guild fires its office staff, accepts the resignation of longtime national manager John Giovanni, and hires a California management consultant, Matrix Capital Associates, to run the organization. Five days later, Pat Day resigns as president.

June 26 - The NTRA renames the Breeders' Cup the "Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships."

July 1 - Trainer Bobby Frankel sweeps the top two spots in the Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup when first-place finisher Futural is disqualified to third and Aptitude and Skimming are elevated. Across the country, the Frankel-trained Senure misses by a head in the Grade 1 United Nations Handicap at Monmouth Park, but is put up to first when the stewards disqualify With Anticipation.

July 4 - Xtra Heat, bought for $5,000 as a 2-year-old, wins the Grade 1 Prioress at Belmont Park.

July 5 - Trainer John Ward announces that Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos has suffered a hairline fracture of his right knee. Monarchos is out for the rest of the year.

July 17 - Topped by a $4 million Saint Ballado colt, the Keeneland July selected yearling sale ends with a record average of $710,247.

July 18 - Female turf champion Perfect Sting is retired at 5 with a tendon injury.

July 24 - Prince Fahd Salman, who owned and bred such champions as Fiji and Generous, dies of a heart attack in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He was 46.

July 28 - Lido Palace, trained by Bobby Frankel, wins the Grade 1 Whitney at Saratoga.

July 30 - The Racing Network ceases operations because of a lack of subscribers.

Aug. 2 - New York City selects a partnership headed by Frank Stronach's Magna Entertainment as the winning bidder for New York Off-Track Betting Corporation. But legislation needed to finalize the sale was seen as unlikely to pass.

Aug. 5 - In his first start since winning the Belmont - and first with a bar shoe to protect an abscess - Point Given wears down Touch Tone and Burning Roma to win the $1.5 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park.

Aug. 13 - Legislation permitting telephone wagering in California is signed by Gov. Gray Davis.

Aug. 18 - Europeans dominate at Arlington Park, winning two of the day's three Grade 1 stakes. German star Silvano wins the Arlington Million and the French-bred England's Legend takes the Beverly D. Startac salvages the day for the Americans by winning the Secretariat. At Saratoga, Flute wins the Grade 1 Alabama by 4 3/4 lengths.

Aug. 19 - Jockey Isiah Sala, 23, dies after being thrown to the track by his mount in the seventh race at Marquis Downs in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Bobby Frankel, who won the previous day's Alabama with Flute, wins his second Grade 1 of the weekend when Skimming repeats in the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar.

Aug. 25 - Point Given wraps up the 3-year-old title with a 3 1/2-length victory over E Dubai in the $1 million Travers at Saratoga.

Aug. 31 - Point Given is retired because of a strained tendon in a leg.

Sept. 1 - At Marquis Downs, jockey Tim Moccasin finally loses a race after winning a North American record 14 in a row.

Sept. 2 - H.A. "Jimmy" Jones, trainer of seven champions, including Citation, dies at 94 in a hospital near his home in Parnell, Mo.

Sept. 8 - Lido Palace scores another Grade 1 victory for Bobby Frankel in the Woodward at Belmont. Tiznow runs third.

Sept. 18 - Jane duPont Lunger, the breeder and owner of Go for Wand, dies of cancer at her home in Wilmington, Del. She was 87.

Sept. 19 - Eight days after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, racing resumes at Belmont Park. Four of the five graded stakes scheduled from the previous weekend are canceled.

Sept. 29 - European import Lailani wins the Grade 1 Flower Bowl and Timboroa takes the Turf Classic - the 10th Grade 1 victory of the year for Bobby Frankel.

Sept. 30 - Make that 11 Grade 1's for Frankel. The Frankel-trained Senure wins the Grade 1 Clement L. Hirsch Memorial at Santa Anita.

Oct. 6 - Aptitude, trained by - who else? - Bobby Frankel, becomes the favorite for the Breeders' Cup Classic with a 10-length victory in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, one of four Grade 1 BC preps at Belmont. Exogenous wins the Beldame, Officer dominates the Champagne, and the Frankel-trained You takes the Frizette.

Oct. 7 - The enigmatic Tiznow runs a flat third in the Goodwood Handicap at Oak Tree, clouding his Breeders' Cup Classic status. Overseas, Sakhee dominates the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp, winning by six lengths.

Oct. 18 - Unbridled, the 1990 Kentucky Derby winner, is euthanized after a bout of colic at 14.

Oct. 27 - Tiznow becomes the first horse to win two Breeders' Cup Classics with a nose victory over Arc winner Sakhee. The day begins with an accident, as Exogenous falls backward while entering the track for the post parade for the Distaff, and lands on her head. Godolphin, which just missed in the Classic with Sakhee, takes two Breeders' Cup races, the Turf with Fantastic Light and the Juvenile Fillies with Tempera. Bobby Frankel ends an 0-for-38 streak in Breeders' Cup races with a win in the Sprint with Squirtle Squirt. Heavy favorite Officer bombs in the Juvenile, finishing fifth in a race won by import Johannesburg. Banks Hill scores another for Europe in the Filly and Mare Turf, Val Royal wins the Mile, and Unbridled Elaine takes the Distaff.

Oct. 29 - Nureyev, sire of more than 125 stakes winners, dies at 24.

Nov. 2 - Exogenous is euthanized after suffering the effects of head trauma from her Breeders' Cup Day fall.

Nov. 16 - Two-time Breeders' Cup Classic winner Tiznow is retired to stand stud in Kentucky.

Nov. 25 - Spook Express, runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf, is euthanized after falling near the finish line of the Grade 1 Matriarch at Hollywood Park.

Dec. 3 - Arlington Park is named host track for the 2002 Breeders' Cup.

Dec. 22 - Apprentice jockey Arnold Ruiz dies after his mount, Winds of Sonora, falls in the stretch of the third race at Beulah Park. He was 33.

Dec. 23 - Scott Lake becomes the second trainer to win 400 races in a year. Jack Van Berg won 496 races in 1976.

Dec. 26 - Patrick Valenzuela, who was suspended in February 2000 after testing positive for amphetamines, returns to riding on opening day of the Santa Anita meet.

Dec. 27 - Laura Hillenbrand, author of the best-selling "Seabiscuit: An American Legend," wins a media Eclipse Award.