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June 3, 1999 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trainer Bud Delp said he has never watched a tape of the 1979 Belmont Stakes. For Delp, watching the race the first time was enough. The 1979 Belmont was supposed to be a Triple Crown coronation for Delp's Spectacular Bid, who had obliterated the opposition in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Instead, the Belmont produced one of racing's biggest upsets, and now, 20 years later, Delp still sputters when he talks about it.
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June 3, 1999 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trainer Bud Delp said he has never watched a tape of the 1979 Belmont Stakes. For Delp, watching the race the first time was enough. The 1979 Belmont was supposed to be a Triple Crown coronation for Delp's Spectacular Bid, who had obliterated the opposition in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Instead, the Belmont produced one of racing's biggest upsets, and now, 20 years later, Delp still sputters when he talks about it.
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November 30, 1985 | LARRY BORTSTEIN
Buzzie Bavasi was back in sports Friday. The long-time executive with the Dodgers, Angels and San Diego Padres is one of the owners of Moorgate Man, an English-bred colt who was one of the entries in the $191,400 Hoist The Flag Stakes for 2-year-olds at Hollywood Park. Moorgate Man, whom Bavasi has owned since last summer in partnership with Dr. Robert Kerlan and Gardner Landon, is not the first horse Bavasi has ever campaigned.
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February 4, 1985 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
When Precisionist and Greinton hit the wire at almost the same time in one of the most dramatic runnings of the Charles H. Strub Stakes Sunday, Fred Hooper didn't budge from his seat in the directors' room at Santa Anita. Hooper, the 87-year-old owner of Precisionist, had as much right as the two horses to be wrung out after the slam-bang finish of the $324,300 race, but that wasn't his reason for sitting tight.
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February 9, 1996 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Statistically, Cigar's place in the racing galaxy is clear. The 6-year-old horse, who will be named 1995's horse of the year at a black-tie dinner tonight at a hotel near San Diego, has earned $5 million, which ranks him fourth behind three retired horses--Alysheba, who earned $6.6 million; John Henry, $6.5 million, and Best Pal, $5.6 million. Going into Saturday's $300,000 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla., Cigar is on a 12-race winning streak.
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October 30, 1989 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite a handicap division that is one of the weakest in years, and a crop of 3-year-olds that has been neither deep nor consistent, the Breeders' Cup is expected to have an exciting race Saturday when the $3-million Classic is run at Gulfstream Park. The renewal of the Triple Crown rivalry between Easy Goer and Sunday Silence has created the most anticipation for a Breeders' Cup stake since the annual seven-race extravaganza began in 1984.
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October 25, 1991 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Spectacular Bid's granddam was a twin. And in 1983, a mare in foal to Blushing Groom, one of the best sires of that decade, produced twins. The mare's name was No Duplicate. Twins can happen in the best of families, but at a breeding farm they are as welcome as locusts. "Twins are the opposite of everything that a breeder is striving to get when he mates a couple of horses," said Jock Jocoy, a veterinarian who lives in Del Mar.
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May 4, 2001 | GRAHAME L. JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He looked much younger then, of course, but it has been 17 years. The voice, though, was the same that May afternoon in 1984 as it is now. "I just let out a scream," Laffit Pincay said. "I said, 'Wow! Beautiful!' When I pulled up my horse, I felt like kissing him, which I think I did. I didn't know what to say. I just said, 'God, I finally got this race.' " This race. The Kentucky Derby.
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