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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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October 25, 2003 | Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writer
It sounds like a good name for a thoroughbred, Juvenile Jinx, but it's not. Instead, it's a comment that will crop up often at Santa Anita today, especially as post time draws near for the $1.5-million Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Not that many trainers are impressed by the jinx's validity or lack thereof. Just listen: "I think they're looking for ghosts," said Richard Mandella, dismissing the notion out of hand. "I don't think they're going to find them."
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