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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 18: USC Trojans mascot Traveler is ridden past the student section after a USC touchdown against the Colorado Buffaloes at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. USC won 56-28. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES — When Richard Saukko galloped his chalk-white Arabian horse named Traveler around the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum almost 56 years ago, it was supposed to be a one-time stunt. Instead, the brief performance before USC kicked off its season against Georgia Tech turned into one of college football’s iconic traditions. A succession of white…

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