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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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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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