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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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October 23, 2003 | Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writer
Two topics dominated racetrack conversation at Santa Anita on Wednesday morning -- except, of course, among visitors from Chicago who still were bemoaning the Cubs' downfall. One subject was the draw for Saturday's eight Breeders' Cup races. The other was the heat.
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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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