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November 5, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
Results from the Breeders' Cup on Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. $500,000 Marathon Afleet Again, at odds of 41-1, rallied in the stretch to win the 1 3/4-mile race and return $85.20. Afleet Again had lost 13 consecutive races. Favorite A.U. Miner was pulled up after suffering a broken leg bone. $1-million Juvenile Turf Wrote, a 2-year-old son of two-time Breeders' Cup Turf winner High Chaparral, gave European-based horses their first victory of the weekend, winning the mile race at odds of 11-1 for trainer Aidan O'Brien.
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April 26, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
The morning awaited royalty. It was 8 a.m., and the Saturday sun had just begun to dry the puddles from Friday's rain and add some sparkle to the infield lakes at Los Alamitos Race Course. Along the grandstand fence, they gathered, perhaps as many as 200 people. Many had cameras. More had goose bumps. California Chrome would be making an appearance soon, his last workout before flying off Monday to thoroughbred racing fame and fortune. At least that is the hope of so many in the Southern California racing community.
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May 5, 1990 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On Thursday night, trainer Nick Zito got a phone call from his mother in New York. "Will you shut up and just win the race," was her advice. Zito, one of eight trainers running horses in the Kentucky Derby for the first time, has a lot to say and he has gone right on saying it this week at Churchill Downs. Every day his mother picks up a New York newspaper, Zito's opinions about his horse, Thirty Six Red, and the rest of the Derby field are plastered all over it.
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May 1, 2010 | By Kevin Van Valkenburg
Reporting from Louisville, Ky. -- Todd Pletcher didn't want to watch the Kentucky Derby with friends. He didn't want to watch it with family. He didn't want to pick one of the four owners he was representing and sit with them. In fact, he didn't even want to watch it live from the stands. He wanted to watch it alone, on television, inside the Horseman's Lounge, halfway down the tunnel beneath the Churchill Downs grandstands. "Obviously, I needed to change something," said Pletcher, who entered Saturday's 136th Run for the Roses 0 for 24, the most attempts without a victory in the history of the race.
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May 1, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
Friday at Churchill Downs was like every day at Wimbledon. The big deal was the weather report. Boiled down to the basics, forecasters said that Saturday's 136th Kentucky Derby might be run in a swamp. The undercard may now include the Slops Stakes, the Rain Romp and the Muckrackers' Mile. They will sing the national anthem and then bring on Paul Simon for "Slip Slidin' Away." They held a news conference at which they predicted thundershowers and 1½ inches of rain overnight and then some scattered showers "between 10 a.m. and the Derby race time of 6:28 p.m. [EDT]
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November 3, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
Reporting from Louisville, Ky. — A mare is seeking a horse racing accomplishment for the record books. So is a woman. And a group of men have put their faith in a young female horse that has performed as if their late Southern California friend is orchestrating the outcome. These are some of the stories leading into the Breeders' Cup as the sport's largest collection of international thoroughbreds compete in 15 races Friday and Saturday worth a combined $25.5 million at Churchill Downs.
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May 4, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The horse with the short name and the long stride won the Kentucky Derby here Saturday. Fans of Orb, and headline writers worldwide, rejoiced. Orb's daddy was Malibu Moon; thus the short name with its perfect family connection. Other choices might have been Full, Half or Neil Armstrong. But the owners, cousins Dinny Phipps and Stuart Janney, got it right, just as their wonderful horse did, in front of 151,616 at Churchill Downs. Joel Rosario got it right too. The super jockey from the Dominican Republic left the Southern California jockey colony last year to head east in search of new adventures.
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May 2, 1993 | JAY HOVDEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Mack Miller figures his run of good luck started about 50 years ago on a gangplank in a Seattle harbor. "I had one foot on a ship heading for Japan," Miller recalled the morning before Sea Hero gave him his first Kentucky Derby victory, "and the CO says, 'Wait a minute. We don't need two staff sergeants. We'll toss a coin.' " Guess who won? Miller can't recall if it was heads or tails. But, like so many of the moves he has made in an almost seamless 44-year career, it was right on the money.
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October 30, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
Before the crowd swells at Churchill Downs in Kentucky for the two-day Breeders' Cup starting Friday, horse racing's star trainer Bob Baffert stood all but alone in the rain-dampened stands at Santa Anita Park last week, barking at two of his workout riders through a walkie-talkie. "You're going too . . . fast!" Baffert ordered. "Now, you're slowing too much! Pick it up! Aww!" Baffert's high standards may not have been met that moment, but the results of his yearlong push will be on display in a big way when he saddles 10 Breeders' Cup entries in nine races — with two horses, Game On Dude and Prayer for Relief, in the $5-million Breeders Cup Classic.
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