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October 26, 2003 | From Associated Press
It was the hottest day in the 20-year history of the Breeders' Cup, with the temperature at Santa Anita reaching 99 degrees. Making the day even muggier, smoke from wildfires about 30 miles to the east obscured the San Gabriel Mountains, which are a backdrop for the track. Several horses, including Filly and Mare Turf winner Islington and Juvenile third-place finisher Chapel Royal, were treated with blankets normally used for human burn victims.
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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 26, 2003 | Randy Harvey, Times Staff Writer
Cajun Beat went off at 23-1, but, based on his win last month in the Kentucky Cup Sprint that earned him his highest Beyer speed rating, he might have been the most logical longshot of the day. Under jockey Cornelio Velasquez, Cajun Beat charged into the lead just after the quarter pole and was still separating himself from the 13-horse Sprint field at the finish, winning by 2 1/4 lengths. His time of 1:07.95 was the third fastest ever in the Sprint.
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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 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
John Gosden and Bobby Frankel are the only trainers with starters in the Breeders' Cup Mile who were also involved in the first running of the race on Nov. 10, 1984, at Hollywood Park. Gosden enjoyed the outcome. He trained the brilliant filly Royal Heroine, who set a course and American record for a mile on the turf, beating 69-1 shot Star Choice by 1 1/2 lengths in 1:32 3/5. Meanwhile, Frankel's representative, Night Mover, never posed a threat. Under Laffit Pincay Jr.
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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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