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October 31, 2004 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
Frank Stronach, the racetrack collector, bought the license to operate Lone Star Park for $99 million a couple of years ago. Stronach, who knows that every little bit helps, got a couple million of that back at Lone Star on Saturday when Ghostzapper, a horse he bred, convincingly won the $4-million Classic and simultaneously sewed up the horse-of-the-year award.
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October 31, 2004 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
Horses from Europe have won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile before. Arazi came from France to score an electrifying win at Churchill Downs in 1991. Johannesburg, saddled by Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien, won at Belmont Park in 2001. Those wins were not totally unexpected. Arazi, trained by Francois Boutin, was favored in his race, and Johannesburg went into his Breeders' Cup race undefeated in six starts.
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October 30, 2004 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
Asked his opinion of how the mare Azeri might influence the running of today's $4-million Breeders' Cup Classic at Lone Star Park, trainer Bobby Frankel curled his right index finger inside the thumb and held up the hand. Zero. "She won't be a factor," Frankel said. "There's no scenario where she can win, unless the gates don't open for the other horses."
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October 27, 2004 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
The decision to run Azeri in the $4-million Breeders' Cup Classic here Saturday at Lone Star Park apparently was made during a brief phone conversation between trainer Wayne Lukas and the 6-year-old mare's owner, Michael Paulson, on Monday night. "I'd like to swing for the fences, Wayne," Paulson said. "How do you feel about that?" "Let's go," Lukas said.
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October 26, 2004 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
Gil Moutray, onetime commissioner of the New Mexico Racing Commission, gets credit for bringing Gerald J. Ford into the horse business. Ten years ago, Moutray invited his friend to join him at the Breeders' Cup. Now Ford, smitten by the game from the start, is on the edge of a rare feat: winning the Breeders' Cup Classic for the second time.
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October 24, 2004 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
Near the front of Lone Star Park is a life-sized sculpture of Alysheba, with jockey Chris McCarron in the saddle. Alysheba, winner of the Kentucky Derby in 1987 and horse of the year in 1988, never raced hereabouts, but was owned by Clarence and Dorothy Scharbauer, who were as Texas as a longhorn. The Scharbauers' spread was right out of "Giant." It was a $20 cab ride from one end to the other.
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October 23, 2004 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
The Juvenile Stakes, for 2-year-old colts and geldings, has long held a featured position on Breeders' Cup cards. But not this year. When the eight Breeders' Cup races are run at Lone Star Park Oct. 30, the Juvenile is likely to be the blandest event of the day. Only eight horses are eligible to run in the 21st edition of the Juvenile, and what an oddball lot they are. Start with Twice Unbridled, a maiden from the San Luis Rey Downs training center in Bonsall, Calif.
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October 22, 2004 | Bill Christine
Gary Stevens, the Hall of Fame jockey who has won eight Breeders' Cup races, said Thursday he wouldn't be riding in the Cup races at Lone Star Park on Oct. 30 because of insurance considerations. Stevens said that Lone Star officials, aware of his planned boycott of the Breeders' Cup, offered to provide $500,000 worth of accident insurance, but that wasn't enough to persuade him to ride.
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October 21, 2004 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
Pleasantly Perfect, who won the Breeders' Cup Classic last year as a longshot, was made the 3-1 favorite for this year's running by the Daily Racing Form after it was announced Wednesday that 13 horses were pre-entered. Being favored in the Classic has been an unenviable position, especially in recent years.
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June 1, 2004 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
The best thing that happened to jockey Mike Smith on Monday was losing the mount on Azeri. While the former horse of the year was getting clobbered by males in the Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park, Smith directed Noches De Rosa to a one-length win over 3-5 favorite Megahertz in the $324,250 Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap at Hollywood Park.
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