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June 7, 1996 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The morning of the 1980 Belmont Stakes, John Esposito was pacing the duckboards behind the bar in the tavern that bears his family name. "Who do you like today, John?" a customer asked. "Anybody but Codex," Esposito said. Codex, the Santa Anita Derby and Preakness winner, was favored in that Belmont. The colt was owned by the Tartan Stable, and Esposito dreaded the prospect of painting the tavern's front picket fence plaid, Tartan's colors.
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June 7, 1996 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The morning of the 1980 Belmont Stakes, John Esposito was pacing the duckboards behind the bar in the tavern that bears his family name. "Who do you like today, John?" a customer asked. "Anybody but Codex," Esposito said. Codex, the Santa Anita Derby and Preakness winner, was favored in that Belmont. The colt was owned by the Tartan Stable, and Esposito dreaded the prospect of painting the tavern's front picket fence plaid, Tartan's colors.
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