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November 2, 2013 | By John Cherwa
Turf races are known for late charges and Saturday's $3-million Breeders' Cup race didn't disappoint. Magician came from seventh at the start of the stretch to win the 1 1/2-mile race by half a length. The race starts midway on a hill beyond the far corner and goes twice past the grandstand, which sometimes confuses novice fans. The race belonged to foreign horses as Magician, an Irish import, and favorite The Fugue, a Britain bred, finished second. Third place went to Indy Point, who is from Argentina.
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April 18, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
A man who owned an exotic reptile business in Lake Elsinore, where thousands of rats and reptiles were found in appalling conditions, has been ordered to pay more than $190,000 in restitution, prosecutors said Friday. Mitchell Steven Behm, 55, of Coto de Caza, pleaded guilty this month to a dozen misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty while he owned Global Captive Breeders. There, in December 2012, investigators discovered more than 18,000 rats, bred as food, and several hundred emaciated and decomposing snakes.
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November 2, 2013 | By John Cherwa
Jockey John Velazquez underwent emergency surgery Saturday afternoon to remove his spleen as the result of a spill he took in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies race. Velazquez was riding Secret Compass in the fourth race when the horse broke a front leg and went down. Velazquez was thrown forward to the ground. The horse was euthanized on the track because her injury was not repairable. Velazquez was taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena and was set to be released when doctors discovered internal bleeding.
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February 19, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Del Mar, the last race track in Southern California with a synthetic surface, plans to switch back to a dirt surface in the summer of 2015, track President Joe Harper said Wednesday. The only remaining synthetic track in the state will be Golden Gate Fields in Northern California. Santa Anita switched back to dirt in 2010. Hollywood Park has closed and Los Alamitos and Fairplex have dirt surfaces, so Del Mar was the only remaining track with a synthetic surface in Southern California.
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October 23, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
There were 172 horses pre-entered on Wednesday for the Breeders' Cup World Championships scheduled for Nov. 1-2 at Santa Anita Park, including 24 from overseas. The 30th running of horse racing's world championships has purses totaling more than $27 million for 14 races. The $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic attracted 13 horses, including defending champion Fort Larned, the expected pre-race favorite Game On Dude and the European star Decoration Of War , trained by Aidan O'Brien.
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November 1, 2013 | By John Cherwa
A strong kick by Irish import Chriselliam was good enough to beat a bunched field and win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf on Friday at Santa Anita. The 2-year-old filly was content to be midpack until she entered the far turn and started to accelerate. She tried to go inside but found no room on the turn and moved five wide to the outside entering the stretch and won going away. She paid $15.80, $7.80 and $6.20. French import Testa Rossi also had a strong kick and rallied to finish second.
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November 2, 2013 | By John Cherwa
Breeders' Cup day is usually not kind to favorites, but Dank beat the (short) odds to win the $2-million Filly and Mare Turf race at Santa Anita on Saturday. Dank withstood a blanket finish to win by 1/2-length. It was Dank's seventh win in 12 starts. The 4-year-old also benefitted from having her regular rider Ryan Moore in the saddle. Dank regularly runs in Britain and Ireland. The winner paid $5.00, 3.40 and 2.80. Romantica returned 5.20 and 4.00 while Alterite paid 7.00 to show.
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November 1, 2013 | By John Cherwa
The expected battle between two-time Distaff winner Royal Delta and Kentucky Oaks winner Princess Of Sylmar never materialized as Beholder stole the show with a 4 1/4-length win in the $2-million race for fillies and mares. The featured race during the first day of the two-day Breeders' Cup championships had the Santa Anita crowd on its feet in anticipation. Royal Delta, with jockey Mike Smith, was made the 3-2 favorite. She was looking to win this race for third straight time, this time as a 5-year-old.
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November 2, 2013 | By John Cherwa
What's going on at the Breeders' Cup? The traditional home of longshots has been playing favorites. For the third race in a row, the favorite -- in this case Mizdirection -- won at Santa Anita in the Turf Sprint on Saturday. It was also the second race in a row that had a repeat champion. Groupie Doll was the repeat winner of the Filly & Mare Sprint. Mizdirection, partly owned by radio talker Jim Rome, came charging through the stretch to win by half a length. The 5-year-old mare is seven-for-seven on the downhill 6 1/2-furlong turf course at Santa Anita.
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January 28, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
Texas' hunting season for white-tailed deer draws to a close this month. Normally Billy Powell would be counting his profits from catering to "hornographers," hunters who will pay as much as $100,000 to bag a monster buck with impressive headgear. Instead, the 78-year-old deer breeder is under house arrest and wearing an ankle monitor. Meanwhile, hundreds of his deer, part of a herd that had included two big bucks named Hit Man and Barry, have been put down in a scandal that has rocked Texas' $2.8-billion deer hunting and breeding industry, the largest in the nation.
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November 4, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
Horses and jockeys were on the move Sunday returning to their home bases after the two-day Breeders' Cup races at Santa Anita, but Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez remained at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena after having his spleen removed following a spill Saturday during the Juvenile Fillies. He was listed in serious but stable condition in the critical care unit. Agent Angel Cordero Jr. told the Daily Racing Form that Velazquez is expected to be hospitalized four to five days and won't ride again in 2013.
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November 3, 2013 | By John Cherwa
CLASSIC Winner: In a finish that was as close as possible without being a dead heat, Mucho Macho Man held off Will Take Charge to win the $5-million race by less than a nose. The crowd of 58,795 was on its feet during the race and afterward as the stewards looked at the photo. Scoop: Winning jockey Gary Stevens also won Friday's big race, the Distaff. Kathy Ritvo, the first female trainer to win the Classic, received a heart transplant a few years ago. Favorite Game On Dude finished ninth.
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November 2, 2013 | By John Cherwa
The Juvenile is the race that should foreshadow the Kentucky Derby favorite. The favorite, yes, the winner, almost never. Of the 29 previous Breeders' Cup Juvenile winners, only one -- Street Sense in 2006 -- has achieved that double. But that doesn't keep people from dreaming, and currently that optimism belongs to New Year's Day and trainer Bob Baffert. The horse saved ground throughout the race, coming off the rail only twice and was fourth at the start of the stretch and came charging late to win the 1 1/16-mile race by 1 1/4-lengths.
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November 2, 2013 | By John Cherwa
What's going on at the Breeders' Cup? The traditional home of longshots has been playing favorites. For the third race in a row, the favorite -- in this case Mizdirection -- won at Santa Anita in the Turf Sprint on Saturday. It was also the second race in a row that had a repeat champion. Groupie Doll was the repeat winner of the Filly & Mare Sprint. Mizdirection, partly owned by radio talker Jim Rome, came charging through the stretch to win by half a length. The 5-year-old mare is seven-for-seven on the downhill 6 1/2-furlong turf course at Santa Anita.
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November 2, 2013 | By John Cherwa
Common sense would dictate that the horse who wins the biggest 2-year-old race of the year would then be destined for greatness six months later in the Kentucky Derby. But when did common sense and racing ever go together? Instead, it has been more of a curse. In the previous 29 years, only one horse has won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and the Kentucky Derby - Street Sense in 2006 and 2007. New Year's Day is hoping to change that history on the first Saturday in May. The lightly raced 2-year-old was guided by jockey Martin Garcia to seventh at the three-quarter-mile pole, fourth at the top of the stretch and won going away by 11/4 lengths.
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November 2, 2013 | By John Cherwa
Trainer Bob Baffert found himself back in the overpopulated winner's circle as Secret Circle came late to win the $1.5-million Breeders' Cup Sprint by a neck. The six-furlong sprint is the shortest race in the Cup. Secret Circle went off as the favorite with jockey Martin Garcia, who picked up his second Breeders' Cup win of the day. He and Baffert previously won the Juvenile with New Year's Day. Secret Circle, a 4-year-old colt, paid $7, $4.80 and $3.60. Laugh Track, a strong second, returned $13.40 and $8.60 while Gentleman's Bet paid $7. "He's an amazing horse," said Jimmy Barnes, an assistant to Baffert.
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November 1, 2013 | By John Cherwa
The first race of the two-day Breeders' Cup card at Santa Anita was run at a little-raced distance but finished with a predictable outcome. Mike Smith guided London Bridge over the 1 3/4 miles to win his record 18th Breeders' Cup race. A race that long is rarely run in the United States so it gathered a lot of 1 1/8 mile horses and asked them to stretch out to 14 furlongs. In other words, the first half of the race is an exercise in watching paint dry. London Bridge came from 8th at the mile to win by a length.
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