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October 26, 2003 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
Funny Cide was an afterthought for trainer Barclay Tagg, who sent his Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner into Saturday's $4-million Breeders' Cup Classic off an 82-day layoff. A couple of jockeys in the Classic -- Pat Day aboard Ten Most Wanted and Gary Stevens riding Perfect Drift -- would have been better off if Funny Cide had stayed in New York.
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October 26, 2003 | Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writer
Even when the horse he thought might win didn't do so, Richard Mandella still ended up in the winner's circle Saturday. The field of 12 in the $1.5-million Breeders' Cup Juvenile was heading into the stretch and Alex Solis, aboard the Mandella-trained Minister Eric, was in second place, a head behind John Velazquez on Chapel Royal Minister Eric caught and passed Chapel Royal in midstretch and Solis appeared to have the 1 1/16-mile race won for Mandella. He didn't count on David Flores, however.
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October 26, 2003 | Randy Harvey
Richard Mandella had just won the Juvenile Fillies, the second race on the Breeders' Cup card, when someone asked the Hall of Fame trainer if he sensed he was about to have one of those magical days. Like the one he had the last time the Breeders' Cup was at Santa Anita 10 years ago.
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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 | Randy Harvey
Sometime early this morning, before the races begin at Santa Anita, Julie Krone will saunter over to Barn 97 and introduce herself to Funny Cide. She'll pet him, maybe even comb him or give him a treat, and speak to him gently so that later, when she climbs onto his back for the first time before one of the world's most prestigious races, the Breeders' Cup Classic, they won't be strangers.
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October 25, 2003 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
The Breeders' Cup Mile was reduced to 13 horses Friday when trainer Neil Drysdale scratched Sarafan. The 6-year-old gelding, who ran eighth in the 2001 Mile, had a bad blood count, Drysdale said. Sarafan had never won in eight starts at Santa Anita, but he was second to Designed For Luck, another entrant in the Mile, in the Oak Tree Mile at the track on Oct. 5. Sarafan's next race might he the Japan Cup on Nov. 30. He finished second to Falbrav in the Tokyo race last year.
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