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November 4, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
Reporting from Louisville, Ky. — Royal Delta might never race again. If that's the case, she created a lasting legacy Friday. The 3-year-old Kentucky horse won the most prestigious of the day's six Breeders' Cup races at Churchill Downs, claiming the $2-million Ladies' Classic by rallying from third place at the top of the stretch to pass favorites Plum Pretty and runner-up It's Tricky with 40,677 in attendance. Victory was bittersweet, with Royal Delta set to be part of next week's Keeneland's November breeding stock sale, which will include the dispersal of horses owned by Saudi Arabia's Prince Saud bin Khaled.
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November 1, 2013 | By John Cherwa
The expected battle between two-time Distaff winner Royal Delta and Kentucky Oaks winner Princess Of Sylmar never materialized as Beholder stole the show with a 4 1/4-length win in the $2-million race for fillies and mares. The featured race during the first day of the two-day Breeders' Cup championships had the Santa Anita crowd on its feet in anticipation. Royal Delta, with jockey Mike Smith, was made the 3-2 favorite. She was looking to win this race for third straight time, this time as a 5-year-old.
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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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October 31, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer and Bill Dwyre
Jockey Ryan Moore might be overqualified if he ever wants to be a contestant on the TV series "The Amazing Race," based on his travel itinerary for the next two months. He was in Toronto on Sunday riding Joshua Tree to victory in the Canadian International. On Friday and Saturday, he'll be at Santa Anita riding six European-trained horses in the Breeders' Cup World Championships. He has a flight booked on Saturday night to Australia, where he'll be riding in the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday.
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October 30, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
With the temperature in the mid-80s on Monday and not a single cloud visible at Santa Anita, the draw was held for this weekend's Breeders' Cup, even though 14 horses entered in the world championships are still stuck in New York and Kentucky waiting for the weather to clear from Hurricane Sandy. They're supposed to board a plane Wednesday morning for afternoon arrival in Arcadia, and among the missing are 2-1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile favorite Shanghai Bobby and 9-5 Mile favorite Wise Dan. Special security will be assigned to the horses to fulfill a Breeders' Cup rule requiring 72-hour surveillance before they race.
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November 1, 2013 | By John Cherwa
The expected battle between two-time Distaff winner Royal Delta and Kentucky Oaks winner Princess Of Sylmar never materialized as Beholder stole the show with a 4 1/4-length win in the $2-million race for fillies and mares. The featured race during the first day of the two-day Breeders' Cup championships had the Santa Anita crowd on its feet in anticipation. Royal Delta, with jockey Mike Smith, was made the 3-2 favorite. She was looking to win this race for third straight time, this time as a 5-year-old.
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October 23, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
There were 172 horses pre-entered on Wednesday for the Breeders' Cup World Championships scheduled for Nov. 1-2 at Santa Anita Park, including 24 from overseas. The 30th running of horse racing's world championships has purses totaling more than $27 million for 14 races. The $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic attracted 13 horses, including defending champion Fort Larned, the expected pre-race favorite Game On Dude and the European star Decoration Of War , trained by Aidan O'Brien.
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October 31, 2013 | By Bill Dwyre and Eric Sondheimer
The $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic suffered a major defection Thursday when trainer Bill Mott announced that Ron The Greek, winner of the Jockey Club Gold Cup, would be scratched from Saturday's race at Santa Anita because of a quarter crack. Ron The Greek won the 2012 Santa Anita Handicap. His morning-line odds for the Classic were 8-1 and his departure leaves a field of 11 in the 1 1/4-mile race. "He had an abscess that broke open in his foot," Mott said. The trainer said the abscess was discovered Wednesday during the feed time.
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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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October 26, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
Most people think next weekend's horse racing extravaganza at Santa Anita is the Breeders' Cup. It's actually the Mike and Gary Show. They are Mike Smith and Gary Stevens, the Peyton Manning and Tom Brady of their sport. They are long in experience and tooth, star jockeys who have been around ... and around ... and around. Each has won more than 5,000 races and millions of dollars in racing purses. Each has won each Triple Crown race at least once, Stevens three times each. Stevens has won eight Breeders' Cup races, Smith has the record with 17. Each has been inducted into racing's Hall of Fame, Stevens in 1997 and Smith in 2003.
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October 31, 2013 | By Bill Dwyre and Eric Sondheimer
The $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic suffered a major defection Thursday when trainer Bill Mott announced that Ron The Greek, winner of the Jockey Club Gold Cup, would be scratched from Saturday's race at Santa Anita because of a quarter crack. Ron The Greek won the 2012 Santa Anita Handicap. His morning-line odds for the Classic were 8-1 and his departure leaves a field of 11 in the 1 1/4-mile race. "He had an abscess that broke open in his foot," Mott said. The trainer said the abscess was discovered Wednesday during the feed time.
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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 26, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
Most people think next weekend's horse racing extravaganza at Santa Anita is the Breeders' Cup. It's actually the Mike and Gary Show. They are Mike Smith and Gary Stevens, the Peyton Manning and Tom Brady of their sport. They are long in experience and tooth, star jockeys who have been around ... and around ... and around. Each has won more than 5,000 races and millions of dollars in racing purses. Each has won each Triple Crown race at least once, Stevens three times each. Stevens has won eight Breeders' Cup races, Smith has the record with 17. Each has been inducted into racing's Hall of Fame, Stevens in 1997 and Smith in 2003.
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October 23, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
There were 172 horses pre-entered on Wednesday for the Breeders' Cup World Championships scheduled for Nov. 1-2 at Santa Anita Park, including 24 from overseas. The 30th running of horse racing's world championships has purses totaling more than $27 million for 14 races. The $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic attracted 13 horses, including defending champion Fort Larned, the expected pre-race favorite Game On Dude and the European star Decoration Of War , trained by Aidan O'Brien.
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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 | 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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October 31, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer and Bill Dwyre
Jockey Ryan Moore might be overqualified if he ever wants to be a contestant on the TV series "The Amazing Race," based on his travel itinerary for the next two months. He was in Toronto on Sunday riding Joshua Tree to victory in the Canadian International. On Friday and Saturday, he'll be at Santa Anita riding six European-trained horses in the Breeders' Cup World Championships. He has a flight booked on Saturday night to Australia, where he'll be riding in the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday.
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October 30, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
With the temperature in the mid-80s on Monday and not a single cloud visible at Santa Anita, the draw was held for this weekend's Breeders' Cup, even though 14 horses entered in the world championships are still stuck in New York and Kentucky waiting for the weather to clear from Hurricane Sandy. They're supposed to board a plane Wednesday morning for afternoon arrival in Arcadia, and among the missing are 2-1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile favorite Shanghai Bobby and 9-5 Mile favorite Wise Dan. Special security will be assigned to the horses to fulfill a Breeders' Cup rule requiring 72-hour surveillance before they race.
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