The Breeders’ Cup Forum

Breeder Carrie Brogden of Machmer Hall farm
The Breeders’ Cup Forum: A Love of the Land

Carrie Willwerth Brogden established Machmer Hall in 2001 in Paris, Ky., with husband Craig Brogden and mother Sandy Willwerth. The commercial operation is named after a building that honors Carrie’s great-grandfather, who was once Dean of the University of Massachusetts. A graduate of James Madison University in Virginia with degrees in psychology and biology, Carrie […]

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Nancy Cox, recently named dean of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and the Environment
The Breeders’ Cup Forum: The Future of Equine Education in the Bluegrass

Nancy Cox was recently promoted to the dean of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and the Environment, replacing former dean Scott Smith. Cox, previously the associate dean of research in the college, was the founding administrator of the university’s equine studies department, which works closely with the Thoroughbred industry in Lexington, Ky. […]

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Peter Rotondo (right) and his father, Peter Sr.
The Breeders’ Cup Forum: Not Your Average ‘Horseplayers’

Peter Rotondo, vice president of media and entertainment for Breeders’ Cup, has been moonlighting over the past six months as one of the cast members in the reality television show “Horseplayers,” debuting on the Esquire Network Tuesday, Jan. 21. “Horseplayers,” produced by Go Go Luckey Entertainment, which previously produced the “Jockeys” series on Animal Planet […]

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Jockey Deshawn Parker
The Breeders’ Cup Forum: Deshawn Parker

Deshawn Parker has only occasionally stepped outside of his comfort zone, Mountaineer Park in West Virginia, where he has compiled numerous riding titles and logged the vast majority of his 4,456 career wins. But, for the first time, the 43-year-old Parker, with the help of longtime agent Billy Johnson, will start taking mounts at Sam […]

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Dennis Moore
The Breeders’ Cup Forum: Track Superintendent Dennis Moore

The hiring in November of Dennis Moore as track superintendent at Santa Anita Park was widely applauded within the Southern California racing community, especially after an autumn meeting when Santa Anita hosted the Breeders’ Cup and horsemen, riders and fans complained about the condition of the dirt course. Prior to coming to Santa Anita, Moore, […]

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Craig Fravel
The Breeders’ Cup Forum: Fravel on Medication Policy, Site Selection

A ban on race-day medication for 2-year-olds was approved by the Breeders’ Cup board of directors just as Craig Fravel was joining the organization as its new president and chief executive officer in July 2011. The policy, which was to prohibit the use of the anti-bleeding diuretic furosemide (Lasix), went into effect for the 2012 […]

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Craig Fravel
The Breeders’ Cup Forum: Craig Fravel

Craig Fravel was overseeing his third Breeders’ Cup, Nov. 1-2 at Santa Anita Park, since being named the organization’s chief executive officer in 2011. He is the former president and general manager of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Southern California, where he spent the previous 20 years. Prior to that he practiced corporate law […]

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Elisabeth Jensen
The Breeders’ Cup Forum: Elisabeth Jensen

Elisabeth Jensen is the Democratic frontrunner to face first-term Republican Rep. Andy Barr in Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District in 2014. Jensen, who announced her candidacy in June, is president and co-founder with horseman Bill Casner of the Race for Education, a non-profit organization that has provided over $5 million in scholarships and educational programs. Originally […]

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Gary Stevens wins the Preakness on Oxbow
The Breeders’ Cup Forum: Stevens Relishes ‘Blessing’ of a Year

The Nov. 1-2 Breeders’ Cup capped a remarkable comeback year for Hall of Fame and Eclipse Award-winning jockey Gary Stevens, with victories aboard Beholder in the Distaff and Mucho Macho Man in the Classic. Retired since 2005 and working as a television racing analyst, the 50-year-old native of Caldwell, Idaho, announced his return to the […]

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Dullahan
The Breeders’ Cup Forum: Understanding Colic

From time to time, horses on and off the track make headlines if they undergo surgery for colic, which is a fairly common but complex illness in horses. Most recently, Grade 1 winner Dullahan showed symptoms of colic and died as a result of a ruptured colon, which prompted us to learn more about the […]

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