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November 3, 2012 | By Eric Sondheimer
Jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. won't soon forget his 27th birthday, because he sent Fort Larned to the front from the start in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, then withstood a stretch-long duel from Mucho Macho Man and jockey Mike Smith to come away victorious by a half-length in the richest race of the two-day world championships at Santa Anita on Saturday. Trained by Ian Wilkes, Fort Larned was sent off at 9-1 odds and returned $20.80, $9.80 and $6.80. Flat Out finished third.
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November 2, 2012 | By Eric Sondheimer
Super Ninety Nine, the pre-race favorites in Friday's $500,000 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint, has been scratched after sustaining a scrape while moving about in his stall at Santa Anita Park. Also scratched Friday morning was Worth Repeating, one of the top contenders in the $500,000 Marathon. Super Ninety Nine, trained by Bob Baffert, was lying in his stall and apparently stumbled getting up and panicked. "I'm really upset," Baffert said. "He's scraped up; it's not serious, but you can't have stuff like this prior to a race like this.
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November 2, 2012 | By Eric Sondheimer
Mike Smith became the winningest jockey in the 29-year history of the Breeders' Cup when he guided Royal Delta to victory over My Miss Aurelia and Include Me Out in the $2 million Ladies' Classic on Friday at Santa Anita. It was Smith's 16th Breeders' Cup victory, passing Jerry Bailey. Royal Delta, trained by Bill Mott, won the Ladies' Classic last year at Churchill Downs and pulled off a wire-to-wire victory this time. The 4-year-old daughter of Empire Maker won the 1 1/8-mile race by 1 1/2 lengths in 1:48.80 and returned $5.40, $3.60 and $2.60.
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November 2, 2012 | By Eric Sondheimer
If Game On Dude is going to win the horse-of-the-year award, then Saturday's $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita is an ideal setting to make a lasting impression. A year after leading in the stretch and being overtaken by the late charge of Drosselmeyer at Churchill Downs, Game On Dude will try again to win the Classic, but this time the 5-year-old son of Awesome Again has a home-track advantage. So far, Game On Dude is a perfect five for five at Santa Anita. "You want to win the Breeders' Cup, you have to bring your A game that day," Game On Dude's trainer Bob Baffert said.
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November 2, 2012 | By Eric Sondheimer
It was old-timers day at the Breeders' Cup World Championships on Friday at Santa Anita. Wayne Lukas, 77, became the oldest trainer to win a Breeders' Cup race when he sent out the 0-for-8 maiden Hightail and won the $500,000 Juvenile Sprint by a nose over Merit Man. It was Lukas' 19th Breeders' Cup victory but his first since 2005. "At my age, it's significant," Lukas after the first victory by a previous non-winner in Breeders' Cup history. "I don't know how many there are, but I always thought we could get one more.
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November 2, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
Quite the ladies' man, this Mike Smith. He may be bald, he may be just a little guy, and he may be just three years shy of that symbolic male decline age of 50. But put him in the saddle of a filly or mare in a big-money horse race and it is instant mutual love. Friday at Santa Anita, in a $2-million Ladies' Classic Breeders' Cup race that was expected to be the best and most closely contested of all the 15 races in this two-day, $25.5-million thoroughbred extravaganza, Smith guided his current girlfriend, Royal Delta, to a convincing length-and-a-half victory.
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November 1, 2012
Horse racing's biggest event, the Breeders' Cup, comes to Santa Anita starting tomorrow and continuing into Saturday. There will be 15 races, all worth more than $1 million. Times columnist Bill Dwyre and horse racing expert Eric Sondheimer will be discussing the event live at 1 p.m. There is no Zenyatta this year but the fields are pretty evenly matched meaning there should be big payouts for the bettors. Learn who to look for, what to expect and figure out why this event is back in Southern California.
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November 1, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
He wasn't exactly Peter Finch in the 1976 movie "Network," telling the world he was "mad as hell and not going to take it anymore!" But thoroughbred trainer Mark Casse wasn't a happy camper Thursday. Casse, 51, one of Canada's leading trainers, with just shy of 90 wins this meeting at Toronto's Woodbine track and five entries in this weekend's Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita, used terms such as "frustrated" and "disappointed. " The topic was the banned use of the drug Lasix for all of the 2-year-old races in this year's Breeders' Cup. Three of Casse's entries are in juvenile races.
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November 1, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
California Flag is the senior citizen of racehorses this weekend at Santa Anita. The 8-year-old gelding will try to become the oldest horse to win a Breeders' Cup race. "He's getting whiter and whiter," trainer Brian Koriner said Wednesday morning of the roan horse that has nearly $1.3 million in earnings. California Flag is scheduled to run Saturday in the Breeders' Cup $1-million Turf Sprint at 61/2 furlongs. It will be his 27th and final start. California Flag won the same race in 2009 coming down Santa Anita's downhill turf course.
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October 31, 2012 | Lance Pugmire
The Breeders' Cup comes to Santa Anita this week without a superstar like Zenyatta, and it's also missing the injured Triple Crown race winners from this year, I'll Have Another and Union Rags. So why watch? "Because the best horses in the world are running over a two-day period and because there'll be some good racin'," said veteran trainer Tom Proctor, who nears his 5,000th start by sending 9-2 shot Marketing Mix, with jockey Garrett Gomez, to the $2-million Filly and Mare Turf on Friday.
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