Horse Racing Highlights
Eddie Arcaro brought in the
4,000th winner of his career as a jockey at Santa
Anita on February 20.
Silky Sullivan, the most publicized
three-year-old of 1958, during a workout in
California in March.
Calumet Farm's Tim Tam, with jockey Ismael
Valenzuela, won the $160,500 Kentucky Derby on a muddy
track on May 3 at odds of $6.20 for $2. Lincoln
Road was second and Moureddin third. Sentimental
favorite Silky Sullivan, known on the West Coast
for coming from back in the field to win races,
finished 12th in the field of 14.
Tim Tam was retired from racing
by Calumet Farm on August 12 because of an ankle
injury suffered in the Belmont Stakes race.
Right: A veterinarian administers oxygen
to Tim Tam, who developedbone chips in one leg
and was successfully operated on in June.
Travis M. Kerr's Round Table became first
among all-time money winning horses when he won
the $123,850 Hawthorne Gold Cup on October 11.
Total winnings came to $1,336,364, surpassing
The Best Race Horses of 1958 were named by a
Thoroughbred Racing Association board on December
1. The American Champion was Round Table, a
four-year-old owned by Travis M. Kerr, who won 14
of his 20 races and earned $662,780 in prize
money. Other champions included Calumet Farm's
Tim Tam (3-year-old) and C.T. Chenery's First
Clem, owned by Adele Rand, broke a
26-year record in winning the Equipose Mile at
Arlington Park in 1 minute 34 seconds. The
previous mile mark was 1 minute 39-2/5 seconds,
set in 1952 by event namesake Equipose.
Willie Shoemaker won the 1958
Riding Championship by bringing in 300 winners.
On the final day of the season Shoemaker rode
four winners at Santa Anita, to bring to 3,274
his lifetime total wins. He became the only
jockey to win the Riding Championship four times.
Left: Clem, with Willie
Shoemaker up, outdistances Round Table, the 1958
American Champion, ridden by Ismael Valenzuela,
in the $100,000 United Nations Handicap.
Ismael Valenzuela replaced Willie Hartack as
Calumet Farm's star jockey when Hartack suffered
a broken ankle.
|Santa Anita Maturity
||Travis M. Kerr
(Hialeah, Miami, FL)
|Pimlico (Baltimore, MD)
||Joseph E. O'Connell
|Laurance Armour Memorial
(Arlington Park, Chicago, IL)
||Travis M. Kerr
||A Dragon Killer
||S. Helene Saddaka
|Hawthorne Gold Cup
||Travis M. Kerr
Farm's Jewel's Reward, Manuel Yeaza up, finished
first but was disqualified for bumping Tim Tam.
Emily's Pride set a new stake record of
1:59-4/5 in winning the Hambletonian Stakes and
also established a new record of 1:59-2/5 for
three-year-old trotting fillies in the Kentucky
Futurity. After Senator Frost won the first heat
in the Futurity with a world record time of
1:59-1/5, Emily's Pride won the next two heats in
1:59-2/5 and 1:59-4/5.
Left: Emily's Pride streaks
across the finish line in record time of 1:59-4/5
to win the Hambletonian Stakes.
Senator Frost lowered the
record for three-year-old trotting geldings to
1:59 at Hollywood Park, where Shadow Wave also
set a new world record for three-year-old pacers,
winning in 1:56-3/5.
Belle Acton became the top
money-winning harness horse of all time by
accumulating $167,887 in 1958, thus raising her
lifetime total to $348,788.
Adios Day won 15 races and
collected $104,842 to accumulate more money than
any two-year-old pacer in history. Circo led the
two-year-old trotting colts in earnings.
The highest price ever paid for
a yearling in the United States was given for
Dancer Hanover, who sold for $105,000 at the
Jarrisburg, Pennsylvania sale. The buyer was a
syndicate headed by Stanley Dancer.
Merrie Annabelle, one of the
greatest two-year-old trotting fillies of the
day, reared while going to a track, toppled over,
and was paralyzed as a result of the fall.
Despite efforts by some of the best veterinarians
in the country, she died two months later.
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