12/16/2010 4:47PM

Dates to remember in 2010

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Bob Coglianese
Quality Road, winning the Donn, earned the only Beyer better than 120 in 2010.

Feb. 6: Quality Road romps by 12 3/4 lengths in the Donn, earning the year’s highest Beyer Speed Figure, a 121.

March 27: Gloria de Campeao edges Lizard’s Desire by a nose to win the $10 million Dubai World Cup at 25-1.

April 8: Undefeated champion and Hall of Famer Personal Ensign dies at 26.

May 1: Super Saver rallies to give trainer Todd Pletcher the first Derby win of his career and Calvin Borel his third in four years.

May 14: Hall of Famer and 1998 Horse of the Year Skip Away dies at 17.

May 22: Monmouth opens its much anticipated “Elite Meet,” which offers $50 million in purses over 50 days.

July 13: New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, a longtime owner and breeder of racehorses, dies at 80.

Aug. 18: Santa Anita announces it will replace its synthetic surface with a conventional dirt track for the start of its winter meet Dec. 26.

Sept. 3: Oak Tree announces it will run its annual fall meeting at Hollywood Park in 2010 and 2011.

Oct. 2: Zenyatta takes the lead in the final 20 yards of the Lady’s Secret and defeats Switch by a half-length, pushing her record to 19 for 19.

Oct. 5: A week after being retired, Rachel Alexandra leaves the racetrack at Saratoga and heads to Churchill to begin her breeding career.

Nov. 6: Under the lights at Churchill in her final race, Zenyatta falls a head short of Blame in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Dec. 7: NYCOTB announces it will shut down after the state Senate fails to pass a bill that would’ve brought the company out of bankruptcy.

Dec. 11: Hall of Famer Mack Miller, best known for training 1993 Kentucky Derby winner Sea Hero, dies at 89.

Dec. 15: Scott Lake becomes the sixth trainer to record 5,000 wins.