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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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October 23, 2003 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
While trainer Richard Mandella might be fretting because his Halfbridled drew the outside post in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, Wally Dollase isn't complaining about Ten Most Wanted breaking from No. 10 in the 10-horse Classic. "Being on the outside might help," said Dollase, who trains Ten Most Wanted, one of four 3-year-olds trying to beat older horses in the $4-million race. "Sometimes my colt gets anxious in the gate.
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October 22, 2003 | BOB MIESZERSKI
Trainer Christophe Clement, who won stakes with the mare England's Legend, will try to win the race named in her honor today at Belmont Park. Clement, who will start Dynever in the Breeders' Cup Classic Saturday at Santa Anita, entered both Love n' Kiss S. and Heritiere in the $65,000 race at one mile on the turf. However, since Edgar Prado is listed to be aboard both mares, only one will start. Love n' Kiss S. certainly has a love for the Belmont Park grass. The 5-year-old Kris S.
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October 22, 2003 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
Whether the European horses adjust to the hot Southern California weather will be a handicapping factor for the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita on Saturday. European horses have won four grass races in the five Breeders' Cups run in California, but the last time the races were held at Santa Anita, in 1993, the only European winner was the French Arcangues, a surprise on dirt in the Classic. In 81-degree heat, the Euros were blanked in the Turf and the Mile. The temperature at 10 a.m.
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