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SPORTS WEEKEND

Breeders' Cup Capsules

November 03, 2000

SATURDAY AT CHURCHILL DOWNS IN LOUISVILLE, KY.

TV: CHANNEL 4, COVERAGE FROM 10 A.M. TO 2:30 P.M. PST

DISTAFF

1 1/8 MILES (DIRT)

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PP Horse Jockey Odds 1. Heritage Of Gold Shane Sellers 10-1 2. Crimplene Frankie Dettori 20-1 3. Lu Ravi Jerry Bailey 10-1 4. Spain Victor Espinoza 30-1 5. Jostle Mike Smith 15-1 6. Surfside Day 10-1 7. Speaking Of Time Gary Stevens 20-1 8. Riboletta Chris McCarron 4-5 9. Beautiful Pleasure Jorge Chavez 5-2

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* WEIGHTS: Crimplene, Jostle, Spain, Surfside carry 120 pounds; Others 123 pounds.

* PURSE: $2,360,000.

* BILL CHRISTINE SAYS: Frequently the most intriguing race on a Breeders' Cup card, the Distaff has only nine entrants this time, easily the smallest field of the day. But it's well-stocked. Last year's winner, Beautiful Pleasure, is the 5-2 second choice because Riboletta has won seven in a row , including an easier-than-it-looked two-length win over Beautiful Pleasure in the Beldame at Belmont Park three weeks ago. Trainer Eduardo Inda's Brazilian-bred Riboletta is 4-5 on the morning line. "When I had her last year, she was on the thin side. I looked at her the other day, and it's amazing how she's filled out," said Bob Baffert, her former trainer. "She's really something now. It usually takes Southern American horses a year to get acclimated." Two of Beautiful Pleasure's three losses since last year's Breeders' Cup win were in races won by Heritage Of Gold, who won her first five this year before running third at Saratoga and fourth, beaten by 10 1/2 lengths in the Spinster at Keeneland on Oct. 14. The Spinster was so bad that Tom Amoss, Heritage Of Gold's trainer, had his mare checked out from head to hoof afterward. "What we're thinking is that a lot of tough training--running fast, in company with another horse--caught up with her," Amoss said. For this race, he has been working Heritage Of Gold on grass, a kinder surface that's produced five of her 15 wins. Also in the field is Surfside, a Kentucky Derby candidate before she ran fifth and was injured in the Santa Anita Derby in April. In her comeback race, Surfside ran second at Keeneland. "She's peaking at the right team," typically confident trainer Wayne Lukas said. "She's got upset written all over her."

JUVENILE FILLIES

1 1/16 MILES (DIRT)

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PP Horse Jockey Odds 1. Cindy's Hero Gary Stevens 5-1 2. Out Of Sync Chris McCarron 15-1 3. Platinum Tiara Shane Sellers 15-1 4. Nasty Storm Marlon St. Julien 15-1 5. Raging Fever Jerry Bailey 7-2 6. Freefourracing Pat Day 5-1 7. Caressing John Velazquez 30-1 8. Xtra Heat Mark Johnston 20-1 9. Cash Deal Jorge Chavez 10-1 10. Stormy Pick Edgar Prado 15-1 11. Notable Career David Flores 9-2 12. She's A Devil Due Mark Guidry 10-1 13. Thunder Bertie Kent Desormeaux 15-1

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* WEIGHTS: 119 pounds each.

* PURSE: $1,140,000.

* CHRISTINE SAYS: Lukas, who has won this race four times, twice at Churchill Downs, is 10-1 with the inexperienced Cash Deal. Raging Fever, undefeated in five starts, is the lukewarm 7-2 favorite. Last time, in the Frizette at Belmont, Raging Fever was 1 3/4 lengths better than the Nick Zito-trained Out Of Sync, who was second at 47-1. The shortest price from the West Coast will be Notable Career, the California-bred winner of the Oak Leaf at Santa Anita. It's the rubber match between Notable Career and Cindy's Hero, who won the Del Mar Debutante before running third in the Oak Leaf. Gary Stevens takes over from Garrett Gomez, the only jockey to ride Cindy's Hero. Not much has been made of Freefourracing, because she shares trainer Neil Drysdale's barn with Fusaichi Pegasus and War Chant, but the British import's U.S. debut--and her first time on dirt--at Keeneland was promising.

MILE ON TURF

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PP Horse Jockey Odds 1. Muhtathir Frankie Dettori 20-1 2. Ladies Din Kent Desormeaux 6-1 3. Altibr Richard Migliore 20-1 4. Walkslikeaduck E. Delahoussaye 30-1 5. Indian Lodge Pat Eddery 6-1 6. Distant Music Corey Nakatani 10-1 7. King Cugat Jerry Bailey 5-1 8. Dansili John Velazquez 6-1 9. Arkadian Hero Jamie Spencer 15-1 10. Affirmed Success Jorge Chavez 12-1 11. War Chant Gary Stevens 4-1 12. Hap Chris McCarron 10-1 13. Forbidden Apple Jose Santos 15-1 14. North East Bound Jose Velez 30-1

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* WEIGHTS: Distant Music, King Cugat, War Chant and Walkslikeaduck 123 pounds; Others 126 each.

* PURSE: $1,170,000.

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