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October 30, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
It is the 2013 Breeders' Cup this weekend at Santa Anita. That means, if you believe in trends, Richard Mandella will drive to the races in a Brinks truck. Mandella is 63, a Hall of Fame trainer as active as ever in the high-stakes world of thoroughbred racing. He will saddle two horses in this weekend's $25-million showcase of the sport. The two entries also mean something: He will not take a shot at the previous Breeders' Cup record-holder, who won four races in 2003. That record-holder was Richard Mandella.
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October 30, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
It is the 2013 Breeders' Cup this weekend at Santa Anita. That means, if you believe in trends, Richard Mandella will drive to the races in a Brinks truck. Mandella is 63, a Hall of Fame trainer as active as ever in the high-stakes world of thoroughbred racing. He will saddle two horses in this weekend's $25-million showcase of the sport. The two entries also mean something: He will not take a shot at the previous Breeders' Cup record-holder, who won four races in 2003. That record-holder was Richard Mandella.
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August 7, 1997 | BILL CHRISTINE
The only relief for horsemen trying to win Saturday's $1-million Pacific Classic may be that trainer Richard Mandella will be leaving Sandpit in the barn. Mandella, who has finished 1-2-3 in California's two other $1-million races this year, will still be running the two favorites at Del Mar. Gentlemen, winner of the Hollywood Gold Cup, is 6-5 on the morning line for the 1 1/4-mile race, and Siphon, winner of this year's Santa Anita Handicap and last year's Gold Cup, is 8-5.
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September 27, 2008 | Bill Dwyre
When it comes to discussions of horse racing's seminal moment of the year, Big Brown vs. Curlin in the Breeders' Cup Classic, Richard Mandella is a man in the middle. Mandella will be at Santa Anita today, partly as an observer, as the track puts on six Grade I races, with a total payout of $1.9 million. That is the first time six Grade I's have been run on the same track on the same day.
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December 21, 1997 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This isn't the best of Christmases for the Richard Mandella family, and even though one of the veteran trainer's fast fillies won a stake at Hollywood Park Saturday, there was better news coming out of Columbus, Ohio. "My sister is out of intensive care," said Gary Mandella, the trainer's son, who deputized at Inglewood as their Stop Traffic won the $82,950 Safely Kept Handicap. "She'll be coming home to California in six or seven days."
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November 9, 2003 | BOB MIESZERSKI
Richard Mandella, who had the best day of any trainer in history 15 days ago, will try to end the Oak Tree meet in style with another stakes victory in the $70,000 Avigaition. A replacement for the $200,000 Las Palmas Handicap, a Grade II that was canceled because of a decline in business at Oak Tree, the Avigaition attracted Crazy Ensign and Dessert from Mandella's barn.
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January 7, 2005 | BOB MIESZERSKI
Richard Mandella and his son Gary have promising horses on today's card at Santa Anita. The elder Mandella will send out a pair of favorites -- In The Clutch in the first and Panama Lane in the sixth -- and Gary Mandella will saddle 9-2 contender Double Option in the third. Owned by Burt Bacharach, In The Clutch, a 5-year-old gelded son of Afternoon Deelites, will be making his first start since Feb.
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August 31, 2003 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
The last time the Breeders' Cup was held at Santa Anita in 1993, trainer Richard Mandella won the Juvenile Fillies with Phone Chatter. Ten years later, with racing's biggest day scheduled for Arcadia again Oct. 25, history might very well repeat. Halfbridled, a 2-year-old daughter of Unbridled, looks like the best of her class at this point after her victory in the $250,000 Del Mar Debutante on Saturday.
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December 6, 2003 | BOB MIESZERSKI
No trainer has won the $100,000 Native Diver Handicap, which will be run for the 25th time today at Hollywood Park, more than Richard Mandella. The Hall of Famer has won the Grade II a record six times. This afternoon, he sends out Olmodavor against seven opponents in the 1 1/8-mile race. Olmodavor, a 4-year-old son of A.P. Indy out of stakes-winning mare Corrazona who Mandella also trained, will be racing without blinkers for the first time.
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January 20, 2003 | BOB MIESZERSKI
Richard Mandella looks to have his bases covered in today's $150,000 San Marcos Stakes at Santa Anita. The Hall of Fame trainer has The Tin Man to stay close to the pace and Johar to roll from far back. Both horses are solid contenders to provide Mandella with his second win in the San Marcos -- he won the 1 1/4-mile turf affair with the 8-year-old Sandpit in 1997. The Grade II is one of two stakes on the holiday card.
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August 20, 2005 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
When trainer Richard Mandella upset Cigar with Dare And Go in the 1996 Pacific Classic, the winner paid $81.20. But Mandella also has won the Classic twice with favorites -- Pleasantly Perfect last year and Gentlemen in 1997. This time, on Sunday, he's back with another longshot in Congrats, who's 10-1 on the morning line.
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January 9, 2005 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
In the first 11 days of Santa Anita's winter-spring meet, Richard Mandella already has two stakes victories with horses he has been training only a short time. Nearly two weeks after he had won the Malibu Stakes with Rock Hard Ten, the hall of fame trainer won with another stable newcomer on Saturday when Congrats rolled to a 5 1/2 -length victory in the $150,000 San Pasqual Handicap over a sloppy track on another dismal day in Arcadia.
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January 7, 2005 | BOB MIESZERSKI
Richard Mandella and his son Gary have promising horses on today's card at Santa Anita. The elder Mandella will send out a pair of favorites -- In The Clutch in the first and Panama Lane in the sixth -- and Gary Mandella will saddle 9-2 contender Double Option in the third. Owned by Burt Bacharach, In The Clutch, a 5-year-old gelded son of Afternoon Deelites, will be making his first start since Feb.
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December 27, 2004 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
With Pleasantly Perfect, trainer Richard Mandella won the $6-million Dubai World Cup in March and the $1-million Pacific Classic at Del Mar in August, but the gaps in between amount to a disappointing year. Mandella won a record four Breeders' Cup races in October 2003, then finished fourth nationally in purses. "I had great expectations going into 2004," he said. "A little of it worked out. A lot of it didn't."
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December 7, 2003 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Even in his absence, Richard Mandella owns the $100,000 Native Diver Handicap. Unable to attend the Grade III at Hollywood Park because he missed a return flight while out of town, the hall of fame trainer won the race for a record seventh time thanks to Olmodavor's late rally. Last for most of the way in a field reduced to five after Gift Of The Eagle, Buckland Manor and Tenaja Trail scratched, the 4-year-old A.P. Indy colt wore down an unlucky Nose The Trade to win in 1:49.
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December 6, 2003 | BOB MIESZERSKI
No trainer has won the $100,000 Native Diver Handicap, which will be run for the 25th time today at Hollywood Park, more than Richard Mandella. The Hall of Famer has won the Grade II a record six times. This afternoon, he sends out Olmodavor against seven opponents in the 1 1/8-mile race. Olmodavor, a 4-year-old son of A.P. Indy out of stakes-winning mare Corrazona who Mandella also trained, will be racing without blinkers for the first time.
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October 26, 2003 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
Play it again, Dick. On the hottest day in Breeders' Cup history -- it was 99 degrees in the shadows of the smoke-ridden San Gabriel Mountains -- trainer Richard Mandella became the Breeders' Cup's hottest trainer. He treated a crowd of 51,648 at Santa Anita to one win after another, and when the Mandella smoke had cleared, he had totaled four wins, the last by the improbable Pleasantly Perfect in the $4-million Classic, the richest race in the United States.
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July 4, 1994 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trainer Richard Mandella's strategy is clear. To compensate for the big one that got away, he is going to win the little ones. The $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup eluded the trainer Saturday when Arcangues ran last. The winner, Slew Of Damascus, beat Arcangues by more than 10 lengths. But later on the Gold Cup card at Hollywood Park, Mandella's Chilean sprinter, Memo, won the $107,400 Triple Bend Handicap.
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November 9, 2003 | BOB MIESZERSKI
Richard Mandella, who had the best day of any trainer in history 15 days ago, will try to end the Oak Tree meet in style with another stakes victory in the $70,000 Avigaition. A replacement for the $200,000 Las Palmas Handicap, a Grade II that was canceled because of a decline in business at Oak Tree, the Avigaition attracted Crazy Ensign and Dessert from Mandella's barn.
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October 26, 2003 | Randy Harvey
Richard Mandella had just won the Juvenile Fillies, the second race on the Breeders' Cup card, when someone asked the Hall of Fame trainer if he sensed he was about to have one of those magical days. Like the one he had the last time the Breeders' Cup was at Santa Anita 10 years ago.
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