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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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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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October 21, 2003 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
On the morning of Nov. 6, 1993, trainer Richard Mandella went through his barn, looking at the four horses he'd be starting at Santa Anita on Breeders' Cup day. He checked up on Kotashaan and Phone Chatter, both morning-line favorites in their races; and Memo and Region, who weren't Breeders' Cup horses but who would be running in a couple of other stakes on the 10-race card.
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October 21, 2003 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
The 20th Breeders' Cup, its star power already diluted, will have to make do without Azeri, the 2002 horse of the year who had been expected to try to win one of the rich races for the second consecutive year.
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October 20, 2003 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Azeri, the reigning horse of the year, may not defend her title in Saturday's Breeders' Cup Distaff at Santa Anita. Concerned by the Jade Hunter filly's reluctance to work last Friday morning at San Luis Rey -- she eventually did and went six furlongs in a rapid 1:10.20 -- trainer Laura de Seroux is scheduled to discuss Azeri's future with owner Michael Paulson. Paulson has been unavailable because he's been on a cruise.
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