Connections

"It seems like I can watch them and I can tell when something isn’t right," Williamson says of his eye for training
Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: A Family Business That ‘Just Gets In Your Blood’

Trainer Brian Williamson had a hard time believing what he was seeing last Saturday, when jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. elected not to send the heavily-favored Terra Promessa to the lead in Oaklawn’s Grade 2 Azeri Stakes. Chris Landeros, piloting the Williamson-trained Streamline, took advantage, gauging a perfect stalking trip just off the leader, She Mabee […]

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Luis Carvajal Jr.
Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: A ‘One In Two Million’ Opportunity

He operates a stable of just six horses at Parx Racing, but 44-year-old trainer Luis Carvajal Jr. is currently on his way to contest the biggest race of his career. Imperial Hint, a 4-year-old son of Imperialism, is taking his connections on the ride of a lifetime as they travel to the United Arab Emirates […]

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Trainer Antonio Sano, with son, Alex, following Gunnevera's Fountain of Youth victory
Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: A Ransomed ‘King’ And His $16,000 Colt

When Gunnevera came storming down the stretch at Gulfstream Park in Saturday’s Fountain of Youth Stakes, he wasn’t alone. Of course, jockey Javier Castellano was astride the 3-year-old son of Dialed In, but the colt was also joined by trainer Antonio Sano, running down the outer rail toward the wire. Eyes glued to his horse, […]

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Chad Summers, right, with Mind Your Biscuits
Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Summers Lets Mind Your Biscuits Have Things His Way

Never was there a kid so disappointed to find he’d grown tall enough to ride roller coasters as a young Chad Summers. Summers was the only youngster he knew on his native Long Island who had grown up with dreams of becoming a jockey, and as a 4’10, 90-pound high school freshman, he had thought […]

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One Liner shown winning the Southwest Stakes
Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Southwest Winner’s Dam A Keeper For Pinhooker Wachman

For Roderick Wachman and David Egan, the 10-year-old Cherokee Run mare Cayala is a gift that keeps on giving. Egan pinhooked Cayala as a weanling in 2007, paying $75,000 for her at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale and re-selling the filly for $140,000 the following September at Keeneland’s yearling sale – a tidy profit. […]

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Brian Hernandez, Jr. with the trophy after the Sam F. Davis at Tampa Bay Downs
Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘One Of The Most Underrated Jockeys Out There’

It was with an air of absolute confidence that jockey Brian Hernandez, Jr., rode top 3-year-old McCraken in the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. While making his first start of 2017, the son of Ghostzapper was impressive, extending his undefeated record and announcing himself a major candidate for the Kentucky […]

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Isabelle de Tomaso (2nd from right in green) with her sister Hope Haskell Jones and trainer Graham Motion after the Holy Bull
Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: A Tradition Deep In Sports Cars And Racehorses

Horsepower has always fascinated Isabelle de Tomaso, whose New Jersey homebred colt, Irish War Cry, pulled off a wire-to-wire upset of 2-year-old champion Classic Empire in last Saturday’s Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park. A daughter of Amory L. Haskell – founding president of Monmouth Park and the namesake for the Jersey Shore […]

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Paolucci (right of jockey Antonio Gallardo) enjoys the winner's circle after Imperative's Poseidon victory
Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘You Can’t Put A Price On It’

Ron Paolucci has enjoyed Thoroughbred racing his entire life but only invested in the ownership side of the business in 2011, when he claimed a filly at his home track of Thistledown for $2,500. Last Saturday, Paolucci was a part of the richest race in the history of the sport, the Pegasus World Cup. “I […]

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"It just seems like the right time now to be moving on to the next phase of my life," Payne says.
Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Michelle Payne Still Dreams Big As Retirement Nears

In the space of less than two years, jockey Michelle Payne has gone from well-known in the Australian racing sphere to international celebrity following her win aboard Prince of Penzance in the 2015 Melbourne Cup. Payne was the first woman to win the race in its 155-year history, and doing so at odds of 100-1 […]

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Cathy Schroeder celebrates with jockey Kent Desormeaux in the winner's circle after Blue Tone's victory in the San Gabriel Stakes
Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘A Kiss On Each Cheek’

When 8-year-old Blue Tone crossed the wire first in the G3 San Gabriel Stakes, there was not a single person in the grandstand cheering louder than Cathy Schroeder. She and her husband, Paul, race under the banner of Schroeder Farm, and Blue Tone had just become their first graded stakes winner. “For him to be […]

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