On this day: the 1919 Preakness Stakes

The winners of the 1919 Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, Maryland in the United States, photographed on the 14th of May.

Chicago-born jockey Johnny Loftus (13 October 1895 – 23 March 1976) won the race with Kentucky-bred thoroughbred Sir Barton.



On this day: the 1934 Melbourne Cup



In 1934 Australia’s Melbourne Cup, often listed as one of the world’s most important horse races, was held on Tuesday the 6th of November.

The image below is of people in Sydney listening to a radio broadcast of the race.



That year, the winning horse was Peter Pan, and the jockey was Darby Munro.



The Melbourne Cup, first held in 1861, is now run every year at Flemington Racecourse on the first Tuesday of November.

Melbourne Cup Day

The Melbourne Cup, widely recognised as one of the world’s most significant horse races, is run in Australia on the first Tuesday of November each year.

The race was first run in 1861. This is an engraving of the finish line of the race in 1881.


Engraving of the finish line at the Melbourne Cup of 1881. Made by S.B. published in the Illustrated Australian News in November 1881.