• The week’s significant milestones
100 Sibylle Vogt
Germany: The resumption of racing in Germany at Hannover on Thursday [May 7] was an especially notable occasion for Swiss jockey Sibylle Vogt, who rode her 100th winner of her career on Wissam in the seventh race on the card, a minor handicap over 1,750 metres.
She wasn’t done there and continued in prime form over the weekend with another winner at Mulheim on Saturday and then a double at Berlin-Hoppegarten on Sunday. With seven winners, she ended the weekend fourth in the German title race.
Vogt, 25, earned international headlines earlier this year in the ground-breaking male vs female jockeys’ challenge in Riyadh at the inaugural Saudi Cup meeting.
Not only did she ride a winner before finishing second on the night in the overall standings, she was promoted to first place when one of Mike Smith’s mounts tested positive for cobalt and was disqualified.
16 La Verdad
USA: Eclipse Award-winning sprint female La Verdad was put down on Sunday [May 10] due to the complications of colic after last week giving birth to an Into Mischief colt.
The New York-bred won 16 of her 25 starts, including five-from-eight in her championship-winning season in 2015, when she was runner-up to Wavell Avenue in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Keeneland.
Trained by Linda Rice, La Verdad was owned by Lady Sheila Stable, nom de course of Sheila Rosenblum. “I am brokenhearted,” said Rosenblum. “She was more than a horse to me. I loved her.”
A statement added: “La Verdad was not only a racehorse; she was a symbol. She represented women in racing.”
853 Russian Camelot
Australia: Russian Camelot became the first horse bred in the northern hemisphere to win one of Australia’s state derbies on Saturday [May 9] when he won the South Australian Derby at Morphettville in Adelaide.
According to senior Racing Victoria official Greg Carpenter, a total of 852 previous state derbies had been run before a horse bred ‘upstairs’ had triumphed. Trained by Danny O’Brien, the Irish-bred son of dual-Derby winner Camelot was sold for 120,000gns from Tattersalls Book 1 in October 2018.
7 Hall of Fame
USA: The ‘Class of 2020’ will see seven new members of US racing’s Hall of Fame, headed by trainer Mark Casse – a dual Classic winner last term, best known in Europe for Royal Ascot heroine Tepin – and Wise Dan, the dual Horse of the Year who won back-to-back Breeders’ Cup Miles in 2012 and 2013.
That pair were elected via the annual ballot, while two more earned their place thanks to the Historical Review Committee, among them record-breaking champion former jockey-turned-steward Darrel McHargue. In 1978, McHargue established a single-season earnings record of $6,188,353 during an Eclipse Award-winning season.
The other four new Hall of Famers are 19th Century racehorse Tom Bowling, plus three designated ‘Pillars of the Turf’ in Sir Ivor’s breeder Alice Headley Chandler and the late J Keene Daingerfield and George Widener.
76 Darby McCarthy
Australia: Darby McCarthy, a trailblazing figure for indigenous sportspeople, died at the age of 76 last week. The native Queenslander was one of Australia’s leading riders during a golden period for jockeys in the 1960s, winning a string of major races.