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October 26, 2003 | Bob Mieszerski and Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writers
There was one winning ticket in the Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick Six worth $2,687,611. The Pick Six began with Six Perfections in the Mile and concluded when Pleasantly Perfect won the Classic at 14-1. The ticket was purchased at an off-track betting facility in South Dakota. Those who picked five out of six were also well rewarded. Consolations were each worth $18,663.80 and the total pick-six pool was $4,489,454. * In the end, it was just about a wash for Luca Cumani.
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October 26, 2003 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Reluctant to get started in the $1.5-million Breeders' Cup Mile, Six Perfections was in a rush to finish. A handful before loading into her stall near the extreme outside, so much so that jockey Jerry Bailey jumped off, the 3-year-old French-bred was all business once the gates opened Saturday.
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October 26, 2003 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
John Amerman was on the golf course at Indian Wells, finishing up a round of 81, when he closed the deal to buy Adoration in 2002. In Saturday's first Breeders' Cup race, the 4-year-old delivered the equivalent of a hole-in-one for Amerman, his wife, Jerry, and longshot players. The $2 win payoff was a sweet $83.40, third highest in the 20 runnings of the stake.
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October 25, 2003 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
Hardly anybody but NBC pays attention to the "World Thoroughbred Championships" label that the Breeders' Cup added to its branding a few years ago, but it is a semi-truth: Many championships -- horse of the year, divisional titles and owner, trainer and jockey awards -- will be heavily influenced by what happens in a little over four hours at Santa Anita today.
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October 25, 2003 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
Until this week, trainer Murray Johnson hadn't spent a night in California since he won the California Derby with Green Alligator in 1991. Johnson had worked for himself and other trainers for several years along the backstretches of Santa Anita, Hollywood Park and Del Mar, but left for Kentucky disillusioned and bitter, believing that several owners had betrayed him. Now the 43-year-old Australian has returned, if only for a one-day stand.
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October 25, 2003 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
No matter which horse prevails in today's Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf, it seems a given she will win the Eclipse Award as the female grass champion. Since being added to the Breeders' Cup menu in 1999, the Filly and Mare Turf has been won by fillies Soaring Softly, Perfect Sting and Banks Hill, and the mare Starine. Each was later honored with an Eclipse.
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