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This Day in Keeneland History: October 17

October 17, 2016

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 17, 2016) – Keeneland’s 2016 Fall Meet, which runs through Oct. 29, marks the track’s 80th anniversary. To celebrate this milestone, Barn Notes throughout the Fall Meet will look back at memorable races and highlights from Keeneland’s rich history.

Here are a few memorable moments from Oct. 17:

Oct. 17, 1936: Racing Hall of Famer Eddie Arcaro rides for the only time during Keeneland’s inaugural season, finishing eighth aboard Greedy in the fourth race. … Hall of Famer Myrtlewood wins the Ashland (run during the Fall Meets in 1936 and 1937) by 12 lengths in one of her three victories during the meet.

Oct. 17, 1963: William Haggin Perry’s champion Lamb Chop wins the Spinster (now the Grade 1, $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster won by I’m a Chatterbox on Oct. 9). She was ridden by Manny Ycaza for trainer James W. Maloney. A week earlier, she set a 1:24 3/5 track record for the Beard Course of seven furlongs and 184 feet. 

Oct. 17, 1978: In his final public appearance before entering stud at Spendthrift Farm, J. O. Tobin, who will be named the year’s champion sprinter, parades before fans between the fifth and sixth races with 18-year-old Steve Cauthen aboard.

Oct. 17, 1993: Sidney H. Craig’s Racing Hall of Famer Paseana (ARG) wins the Spinster (G1) (now the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster won by I’m a Chatterbox on Oct. 9) to atone for a runner-up finish the year before. Winner of the 1992 Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1), she is second in the 1993 Distaff. 

Oct. 17, 1998: Joseph LaCombe Stable’s Favorite Trick, the 1997 Horse of the Year, became the first of three 3-year-olds to win the Keeneland Breeders’ Cup (G3) (now the Grade 1, $500,000 Shadwell Turf Mile won by Miss Temple City on Oct. 7) with his 3½-length triumph.

Oct. 17, 2008: Hall of Famer Rachel Alexandra concludes her 2-year-old season with a three-length win in a six-furlong allowance race.