12/19/2011 6:19PM

2011 Year In Review: Key dates from the racing season

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Bob Coglianese
Big Drama wins the Mr. Prospector at Gulfstream, earning a 120 Beyer Figure.

Jan. 15Big Drama scores by four lengths in the Mr. Prospector, earning a 120 Beyer that would hold as the year’s highest speed figure.

March 26 – Victoire Pisa upsets the $10 million Dubai World Cup, becoming the first Japan-based horse to win the race.

April 21Jess Jackson, owner of the Stonestreet Stables that campaigned Curlin and Rachel Alexandra, dies at 81.

April 26 – Citing stress, Tom Durkin steps down as announcer of the Triple Crown and is replaced by Larry Collmus.

May 7Animal Kingdom wins the Kentucky Derby under John Velazquez, who picked up the mount after losing his ride on the injured Uncle Mo.

May 10 – Jockey Michael Baze is found dead of an accidental drug overdose. He was 24.

May 31Zenyatta, the 2010 Horse of the Year, is pronounced in foal after being covered by Bernardini.

Cape Blanco wins Arlington MillionFour-Footed FotosCape Blanco wins the Million.Aug. 13Cape Blanco wins the Arlington Million, the second of her three successful invasions on the year in Grade 1 races in the U.S.

Sept. 3Havre de Grace defeats Flat Out by 1 1/4 lengths in the Woodward, joining Rachel Alexandra as the only females to win the race.

Oct. 28Resorts World Casino, New York City’s first casino, opens by Aqueduct, 10 years after it was approved by the state legislature.

Nov. 5Drosselmeyer rallies past Game On Dude to upset the BC Classic, giving jockey Mike Smith his record-tying 15th Breeders’ Cup victory.

Nov. 8 – Four days after winning the Ladies’ Classic, Royal Delta is sold for $8.5 million at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, a Keeneland record for a horse in training.

Nov. 16 – Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. receives a stay of a 10-year suspension handed down in October by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board.

Trainer Steve AsmussenNov. 18 – On his 46th birthday, trainer Steve Asmussen reaches 6,000 victories when Basalt wins the first race at Remington Park.

Nov. 22 – Rapid Redux wins his 20th straight race, breaking the modern North American record for most consecutive wins previously held by Zenyatta and Peppers Pride.