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October 18, 2007 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Undefeated filly Nashoba's Key and Tiago, winner of the Goodwood Handicap at Oak Tree at Santa Anita, lead a strong contingent of Southern California horses headed for the Breeders' Cup World Championships Oct. 26-27 at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J. They were among the 141 horses pre-entered Wednesday in the 11-race, two-day competition that offers $23 million in total purse money. This is the first year the Breeders' Cup is being held over two days, with three races scheduled for Oct.
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April 20, 2007 | Robyn Norwood, Times Staff Writer
The Breeders' Cup will return to Southern California in 2008, with Santa Anita Park poised to become the first track to stage horse racing's year-end championships on a synthetic surface. The historic Arcadia racetrack, which had the event in 1986, 1993 and 2003, is scheduled to replace its dirt main track with a synthetic track this summer under an edict to the state's major tracks by the California Horse Racing Board.
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January 9, 2007 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Those who think eight Breeders' Cup races run on a single day are not enough can look forward to more. The Breeders' Cup announced Monday that it would expand from eight to 11 races in the fall, spread out over two days. The event, which is being held in New Jersey for the first time this year, will be run Oct. 26-27 at Monmouth Park in Oceanport.
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November 6, 2006 | Robyn Norwood, Times Staff Writer
Lava Man's future might be back on the turf after a seventh-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Classic in what trainer Doug O'Neill called a "lackluster" performance for the former claimer. The 5-year-old gelding's next race could be the Sunshine Millions Turf at Santa Anita in January after O'Neill scrapped the idea of going overseas for rich races on dirt tracks in Dubai or Japan. "I think we needed to see a good performance to do that kind of ship," O'Neill said.
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November 5, 2006 | Robyn Norwood, Times Staff Writer
The age-old East-West debate was the talk of the Breeders' Cup, but Invasor reminded everyone there are more directions on the compass. Bred in Argentina, a champion in Uruguay and owned by a sheik from Dubai, the 4-year-old colt ran past Preakness winner Bernardini and Lava Man, the storybook claimer from California, to win the Breeders' Cup Classic by a length Saturday at Churchill Downs.
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November 4, 2006 | Robyn Norwood, Times Staff Writer
It's East versus West in the Breeders' Cup today, a rivalry as deep-seated as New York against L.A. or the old Boston Celtics-Lakers competition. But when West Coast champ Lava Man takes on New York-based Bernardini in a field of 13 in the $5-million Classic at Churchill Downs, there will be a little twist on some of the stereotypes. "Bernardini, he's more the Hollywood glitter," said Doug O'Neill, trainer of Lava Man, the former $50,000 claimer who has earned more than $3.8 million.
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November 3, 2006 | Robyn Norwood, Times Staff Writer
To the uninitiated, the names alone are dizzying. There is Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai and owner of Bernardini, the favorite in the $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday at Churchill Downs. There is Sheik Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum, Sheik Mohammed's brother and Dubai's deputy ruler and minister of finance, the owner of Invasor, another contender in the Classic.
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November 2, 2006 | Robyn Norwood
Preakness winner Bernardini was made the even-money favorite on the morning line Wednesday for the $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs on Saturday. Bernardini's top rivals in the 1 1/4 -mile race are 5-1 second choice Invasor -- like Bernardini, owned by a member of the ruling family of Dubai -- and 6-1 third choice Lava Man, the former claimer from California who is seven for seven this year.
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November 2, 2006 | Robyn Norwood, Times Staff Writer
Sometimes it seems as if trainer Doug O'Neill has lived about a decade in the last year. He had a Kentucky Derby hopeful, Stevie Wonderboy, who got hurt and never saw the twin spires. He has a brother, Dennis, who got cancer, but got well. He was penalized for a "milkshake" positive, but felt vindicated, or at least partly.
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November 2, 2006 | Robyn Norwood, Times Staff Writer
Lonnie Arterburn doesn't like being known as the trainer who lost Lava Man. "I've had a lot of successes. This one hurts bad," he said. When Arterburn risked Lava Man for $50,000 in a 2004 claiming race at Del Mar, the 3-year-old gelding had won only three of 12 races. Now Lava Man is the highest-earning former claimer in history, with $3,804,706 going into the $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday.
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