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December 23, 2001 | CECILIA RASMUSSEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California's long infatuation with the "sport of kings" began--as so many things here do--with an unlikely combination of immigrants: an Australian mare, ridden by a black jockey, trained by a Yankee cowboy and owned by the heir of a Spanish dynasty. The year was 1852, and the horse was Jose Antonio Andres Sepulveda's Black Swan. The Sepulveda family was Southern California aristocracy, landowners whose holdings ranged from what is now Newport Beach to Santa Monica.
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