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May 19, 2000 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Several hours after riding Spinning World to victory in the 1997 Breeders' Cup Mile at Hollywood Park, Cash Asmussen took a redeye flight to Kentucky, so he could ride a $50,000 claimer at Churchill Downs the next day. This wasn't just any plater, it was a horse trained by Steve Asmussen, the jockey's younger brother. At Pimlico on Thursday, the younger Asmussen told the story to show how close these brothers are.
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November 21, 2011 | Bill Dwyre
Ron McAnally is much like the famous horse he once trained. Neither he nor John Henry would be considered the retiring types. John Henry raced effectively through his ninth year, 1984. That was unheard of even back then and unthinkable now. He was horse of the year at age 9. McAnally will turn 80 next July and will probably celebrate by mucking out a stall. "It's my life, my whole life," McAnally says. "I can't get it out of my blood. " He's at the track every morning at 5:30.
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June 17, 2008 | Bob Mieszerski
Local fans hoping for a first-hand look at the best thoroughbred in the world are not likely to get their wish. Curlin, the reigning horse of the year and defending Breeders' Cup Classic winner, is not expected to participate in the 2008 Classic on Oct. 25 at Santa Anita. After the 4-year-old easily won the $1-million Stephen Foster Handicap on Saturday at Churchill Downs, trainer Steve Asmussen said he would work Curlin toward a turf race on July 12 or 13. The possibilities are the $500,000 Man O'War at 1 3/8 miles at Belmont Park and the $200,000 Arlington Handicap at 1 1/4 miles at Arlington Park in Illinois.
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November 4, 2011
Breeders' Cup race-by-race rundown from Eric Sondheimer: Ladies' Classic Royal Delta surged from third place at the top of the stretch to win the $2-million Ladies' Classic, beating It's Tricky by 21/2 lengths in the 11/8-mile race. Favorite Plum Pretty from trainer Bob Baffert's stable led by a head at the stretch but fell to fifth. Juvenile Sprint Secret Circle, the first of nine scheduled Breeders' Cup starters for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, came through as the odds-on favorite.
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November 4, 2011
Breeders' Cup race-by-race rundown from Eric Sondheimer: Ladies' Classic Royal Delta surged from third place at the top of the stretch to win the $2-million Ladies' Classic, beating It's Tricky by 21/2 lengths in the 11/8-mile race. Favorite Plum Pretty from trainer Bob Baffert's stable led by a head at the stretch but fell to fifth. Juvenile Sprint Secret Circle, the first of nine scheduled Breeders' Cup starters for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, came through as the odds-on favorite.
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September 12, 2008 | Bill Dwyre, Times Staff Writer
The Big Brown-versus-Curlin drama will begin to play out for horse racing fans in a somewhat untraditional scene Saturday at Monmouth Park. Big Brown, the spectacular winner of this year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness -- who was also a spectacular loser when he was pulled up on the final turn in the Belmont -- will be running on grass, in an ungraded, nine-furlong race called the Monmouth Stakes at the New Jersey track. Because Big Brown is running, track officials upped the purse from $200,000 to $500,000.
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October 25, 2008 | Pete Thomas, Thomas is a Times staff writer.
When the synthetic dust settles late this afternoon, the 25th Breeders' Cup World Championships will be in the books. Nine races will have been run and $17.5 million will have been divvied among the competitors. And the biggest question will have been answered: Whether Robby Albarado was able to coax defending Classic champion Curlin to victory on a surface he's not partial to. Oddsmakers have listed Curlin as the morning-line 7-5 favorite. But here's a tip for bettors: The average win price for the Classic has been $30.60.
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April 29, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
The sun glistened off infield tents and the wind jostled jockeys' silks at Our Old Kentucky Home on Thursday. It was the day before the day before the day that pumps blood into horse racing's veins. Twenty horses are set to break from the starting gate late Saturday afternoon in the 136th Kentucky Derby. That's about six too many to allow for room for all to compete to the best of their ability. But that cow is long out of the barn and the general fan, who pays attention once a year to this sport, gets more of a cavalry charge than a horse race.
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November 21, 2011 | Bill Dwyre
Ron McAnally is much like the famous horse he once trained. Neither he nor John Henry would be considered the retiring types. John Henry raced effectively through his ninth year, 1984. That was unheard of even back then and unthinkable now. He was horse of the year at age 9. McAnally will turn 80 next July and will probably celebrate by mucking out a stall. "It's my life, my whole life," McAnally says. "I can't get it out of my blood. " He's at the track every morning at 5:30.
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April 7, 2011 | By Bill Dwyre
Morning-line favorite Premier Pegasus was scratched Thursday from Saturday's $1-million Santa Anita Derby with a hairline fracture in his left foreleg. Premier Pegasus, part of a six-horse stable of trainer Myung Kwon Cho, would have been at 8-5 when betting opened for the prestigious steppingstone race to the May 7 Kentucky Derby. Premier Pegasus had won the March 12 San Felipe Stakes by a surprising 7¾ lengths over Bob Baffert's Jaycito. Now, Jaycito will begin the day as the 2-1 favorite, followed by Silver Medallion, trained by Steve Asmussen and Scott Blasi at 7-2. Premier Pegasus had attracted a great deal of attention for this race because Cho could have become the first person to breed, train and own a winning horse in the 74 years of the Santa Anita Derby.
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April 29, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
The sun glistened off infield tents and the wind jostled jockeys' silks at Our Old Kentucky Home on Thursday. It was the day before the day before the day that pumps blood into horse racing's veins. Twenty horses are set to break from the starting gate late Saturday afternoon in the 136th Kentucky Derby. That's about six too many to allow for room for all to compete to the best of their ability. But that cow is long out of the barn and the general fan, who pays attention once a year to this sport, gets more of a cavalry charge than a horse race.
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October 25, 2008 | Pete Thomas, Thomas is a Times staff writer.
When the synthetic dust settles late this afternoon, the 25th Breeders' Cup World Championships will be in the books. Nine races will have been run and $17.5 million will have been divvied among the competitors. And the biggest question will have been answered: Whether Robby Albarado was able to coax defending Classic champion Curlin to victory on a surface he's not partial to. Oddsmakers have listed Curlin as the morning-line 7-5 favorite. But here's a tip for bettors: The average win price for the Classic has been $30.60.
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September 12, 2008 | Bill Dwyre, Times Staff Writer
The Big Brown-versus-Curlin drama will begin to play out for horse racing fans in a somewhat untraditional scene Saturday at Monmouth Park. Big Brown, the spectacular winner of this year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness -- who was also a spectacular loser when he was pulled up on the final turn in the Belmont -- will be running on grass, in an ungraded, nine-furlong race called the Monmouth Stakes at the New Jersey track. Because Big Brown is running, track officials upped the purse from $200,000 to $500,000.
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June 17, 2008 | Bob Mieszerski
Local fans hoping for a first-hand look at the best thoroughbred in the world are not likely to get their wish. Curlin, the reigning horse of the year and defending Breeders' Cup Classic winner, is not expected to participate in the 2008 Classic on Oct. 25 at Santa Anita. After the 4-year-old easily won the $1-million Stephen Foster Handicap on Saturday at Churchill Downs, trainer Steve Asmussen said he would work Curlin toward a turf race on July 12 or 13. The possibilities are the $500,000 Man O'War at 1 3/8 miles at Belmont Park and the $200,000 Arlington Handicap at 1 1/4 miles at Arlington Park in Illinois.
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May 19, 2000 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Several hours after riding Spinning World to victory in the 1997 Breeders' Cup Mile at Hollywood Park, Cash Asmussen took a redeye flight to Kentucky, so he could ride a $50,000 claimer at Churchill Downs the next day. This wasn't just any plater, it was a horse trained by Steve Asmussen, the jockey's younger brother. At Pimlico on Thursday, the younger Asmussen told the story to show how close these brothers are.
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January 22, 2008 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Preakness and Breeders' Cup Classic winner Curlin was named horse of the year Monday night at the 37th Eclipse Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in front of a black-tie crowd and a national TVG audience. Southern California jockey Garrett Gomez earned jockey of the year and Joe Talamo won the award for apprentice jockey. Maggi Moss, the Iowa lawyer profiled in Monday's Times, finished third in the balloting for owner of the year.
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December 8, 2002 | BOB MIESZERSKI
Owned and bred by Lawrence Becker and trained by Dan Morgan, Channing Way has been a classic overachiever. A dark bay filly by Smokester out of the Wig Out mare Only Silk, Channing Way has won 11 of 16 in her career. One of six scheduled for today's $70,000 Corona Handicap at Hollywood Park, the fifth leg of a pick six with a carry-over of $155,872, Channing Way has won 10 times since the beginning of 2001. She is the co-third choice at 4-1 on Russ Hudak's morning line.
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