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October 30, 2005 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
A jockey who wins more Breeders' Cup races than anybody and a trouble-prone trainer who was forced to sleep in a racetrack barn several years ago won the $4.2-million Classic with Saint Liam at Belmont Park on Saturday, virtually assuring their 5-year-old horse the Eclipse award for horse of the year.
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October 30, 2005 | Bill Christine
Edgar Prado had ridden in 41 Breeders' Cup races before he won the Juvenile Fillies with Folklore at Belmont Park. "I just try to find the right horses to ride in the Breeders' Cup," said Prado, who has won more than 5,000 races in his career. "I got the job done this year. I hope there will be many more." Before Saturday, Prado's Breeders' Cup mounts had earned $2.6 million, which ranked him 23rd on the money list. His frustrations included four second-place finishes.
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October 30, 2005 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
Lost In The Fog was jittery in the six-hour holding barn where horses are sent before they race in New York. He was not his usual mischievous self, nipping at his lead pony in the post parade. Then the 3-year-old colt ran out of steam in the stretch of Saturday's Breeders' Cup Sprint at Belmont Park. He was in the lead, but he wasn't distancing himself from his rivals the way he usually does.
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October 27, 2005 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
The first time an owner put up $800,000 to run a horse in the Breeders' Cup Classic was in 1998, when R.D. Hubbard took racing's ultimate gamble with Gentlemen at Churchill Downs. Although Gentlemen, a very good horse, had lost five straight and hadn't won in nine months, Hubbard liked what he had seen a month earlier -- his 6-year-old running second to Wagon Limit and out-finishing Skip Away, winner of the 1997 Classic, in the Jockey Club Gold Cup.
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October 26, 2005 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
Jose Amy, once among the most promising jockeys in the country, won't be riding in any of the eight Breeders' Cup races, or any of the other races on the card, Saturday at Belmont Park. Amy will be here, wistfully thinking about what might have been. Because Amy held horses, keeping them from winning, when he was an upstart jockey from Puerto Rico in 1974 and 1975, he lost his New York license in 1980 and in effect was banned from riding in the continental U.S. for almost 24 years.
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October 25, 2005 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
About 32,800 miles later, Lost In The Fog, the well-traveled colt from the San Francisco area, arrived at Barn 11 at Belmont Park, where he'll run in the Breeders' Cup Sprint on Saturday. Lost In The Fog ate up, as trainers like to say, rolled contentedly in his bedding, and then stuck his head out the stall door, just to make sure he wasn't missing anything. This was last Saturday. Just in from the West Coast, the horse was obviously feeling at home.
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October 23, 2005 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
Horsemen don't have to peruse the record book to know that it's nearly impossible for a horse to win a Breeders' Cup race twice. This year, however, there's a reasonable chance that more than one horse might do exactly that. Of the four who will try when the event is held for the 22nd time Saturday at Belmont Park, two are likely to be favored and the others are given good chances of pulling off upsets, as they did a year ago in Texas.
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October 20, 2005 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
An exceptional turnout of European horses has given the 22nd Breeders' Cup a much-needed boost. Many of the top U.S. horses -- starting with Ghostzapper and Afleet Alex -- are retired or sidelined, but the eight-race, $14-million day at Belmont Park on Oct. 29 has drawn capacity fields up and down the board. Breeders' Cup officials announced Wednesday that 117 horses, 16 more than last year and the most since 2000, had pre-entered.
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April 30, 2005 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
ESPN, which less than two weeks ago acquired "Monday Night Football," has picked up another major sports property. It was announced Friday that ESPN, beginning in 2006, would televise horse racing's Breeders' Cup each fall, along with major stakes races leading to Cup day. ESPN has an eight-year agreement with the National Thoroughbred Racing Assn. and Breeders' Cup Ltd. The Breeders' Cup has been televised on NBC since its inception in 1984.
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October 31, 2004 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
Frank Stronach, the racetrack collector, bought the license to operate Lone Star Park for $99 million a couple of years ago. Stronach, who knows that every little bit helps, got a couple million of that back at Lone Star on Saturday when Ghostzapper, a horse he bred, convincingly won the $4-million Classic and simultaneously sewed up the horse-of-the-year award.
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