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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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October 25, 2003 | Randy Harvey, Times Staff Writer
He has been the nation's leading trainer three of the last four years. In 2001, he became the second trainer to win more than 400 races in a year. When he finished second last year, he won 399. He's leading the standings again this year and, on his current pace, will soon surpass 400 for the second time. Wayne Lukas? Bobby Frankel? Bob Baffert? No, Scott Lake. If you're a casual horse racing fan, you might never have heard of Lake.
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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
POST: 12:34 P.M. Fifth of eight-race Breeders' Cup card at Santa Anita. CONDITIONS: For 3-year-olds and up. DISTANCE: 1 1/4 MILES. PURSE: $1 MILLION. First place: $520,000. Second place: $200,000. Third place: $120,000. Fourth place: $57,000. Fifth place: $30,000.
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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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