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October 22, 2003 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
Whether the European horses adjust to the hot Southern California weather will be a handicapping factor for the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita on Saturday. European horses have won four grass races in the five Breeders' Cups run in California, but the last time the races were held at Santa Anita, in 1993, the only European winner was the French Arcangues, a surprise on dirt in the Classic. In 81-degree heat, the Euros were blanked in the Turf and the Mile. The temperature at 10 a.m.
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October 21, 2003 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
The 20th Breeders' Cup, its star power already diluted, will have to make do without Azeri, the 2002 horse of the year who had been expected to try to win one of the rich races for the second consecutive year.
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October 20, 2003 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Azeri, the reigning horse of the year, may not defend her title in Saturday's Breeders' Cup Distaff at Santa Anita. Concerned by the Jade Hunter filly's reluctance to work last Friday morning at San Luis Rey -- she eventually did and went six furlongs in a rapid 1:10.20 -- trainer Laura de Seroux is scheduled to discuss Azeri's future with owner Michael Paulson. Paulson has been unavailable because he's been on a cruise.
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October 18, 2003 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
Azeri, coming through with her second solid workout since an illness after her defeat at Santa Anita on Sept. 28, was clocked in 1:10 1/5 for six furlongs Friday at the San Luis Rey Downs training center. Trainer Laura de Seroux, while concerned that the time might have been too fast, hoped the workout would sharpen Azeri for next Saturday's Breeders' Cup Distaff, the race she won last year at Arlington Park. "She'll need to be on her game," De Seroux said.
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October 17, 2003 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
The 20th Breeders' Cup might have three returnees who won races last year, but it's possible none of them will be favored when the eight stakes worth $14 million are run at Santa Anita on Oct. 25: * The 11-race winning streak of Azeri, winner of last year's Distaff, was ended last month, and she could be the second choice, behind Sightseek, this time. * High Chaparral, winner of the Turf in 2002, is listed as the fourth choice in the renewal by one English bookmaker.
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October 14, 2003 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
The workout was 48 hours old, yet trainer Laura de Seroux was still bubbling. "She was floating and reaching," De Seroux said of Azeri, who stunned clockers at the San Luis Rey Downs training center on Saturday by going a half-mile in 45 4/5 seconds. Azeri, last year's horse of the year, needed a sharp workout to reassure De Seroux and Michael Paulson, the horse's owner, that she was ready to try to repeat in the Breeders' Cup Distaff.
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October 13, 2003 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
Some life was breathed back into the $4-million Breeders' Cup Classic when trainer Barclay Tagg announced Sunday morning from Belmont Park that Funny Cide would be running in the race. Funny Cide, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness and still trying to win the Eclipse Award for best 3-year-old male, had dropped off the radar this summer after he sat out the Travers at Saratoga because of a respiratory problem.
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October 11, 2003 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
There's a sardonic joke going around the barns at Belmont Park. "How do you know you've got a good horse?" one trainer will ask another. "Because he's not running in the Breeders' Cup," is the answer. One by one, top horses have been defecting from the 20th Breeders' Cup, which will be run at Santa Anita two weeks from today.
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October 4, 2003 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
Mineshaft's racing career came to a quiet end at Churchill Downs on Friday, leaving the Breeders' Cup with a $4-million race that will be run with the likely horse of the year on the sidelines. Mineshaft, who won seven of nine starts this year, including his fourth Grade I stake in last Saturday's Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park, would have been a heavy favorite in the Breeders' Cup Classic, to be run three weeks from today at Santa Anita.
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September 30, 2003 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
One in a series of reports about the Breeders' Cup on Oct. 25 at Santa Anita. When it was mentioned that the Breeders' Cup Turf might be the toughest of the eight races to win this year, trainer Neil Drysdale rolled his eyes. It was an "and how" eye roll, saying that Drysdale couldn't agree more. In Storming Home, Drysdale has one of the favorites for the 1 1/2-mile race -- longest of the day -- but this year, the Europeans are tougher than usual, and they've been tough enough in recent years.
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