Chelsea Hackbarth

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Arnold Has ‘Stood The Test Of Time’

Consistency and tradition are two of the pillars on which George “Rusty” Arnold’s training stable has been built, and they are also two of the reasons that he has been in business for 40 years. Concrete Rose’s domination of last Saturday’s Belmont Oaks gave Arnold his first Grade 1 win in 2019 and had the […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Most People Aren’t As Fortunate As Us’

Last-to-first bursts seem to be a theme for Michael Trombetta trainees this week. On Saturday, David Palmer’s Wet Your Whistle stepped up to capture the Grade 1 Highlander Stakes at Woodbine, his fourth win in a row. Then on Thursday, Live Oak Plantation’s Triple Crown contender Win Win Win followed suit with a switch to […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘It’s Like Watching Your Family Compete In Sports’

First and foremost, Bob Hess, Jr. didn’t grow up passionate about horse racing. He was simply a little boy who idolized his father, Bob Hess, Sr., and would do anything to spend time with dad. The elder Hess, who turns 85 this year, has been training racehorses since the 1960s and is still active in […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Family, Friends Take Foley To The Top

Though she loved growing up around the racetrack with her father and her three younger siblings, Vickie Foley wasn’t ready to commit to the lifestyle full-time after high school. She and her siblings had hot-walked and groomed in Michigan and Ohio during the summers, helping their father earn multiple leading trainer titles at River Downs […]

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Sir Winston Gives Casse A Second Classic In Belmont Stakes

An historic disqualification and a loose horse were the highlights of this year’s first two Triple Crown races, so racing fans were holding their collective breath as the field headed to the post for this Saturday’s Grade 1 Belmont Stakes. The third jewel provided no such theatrics, but did produce a 10-1 upset in the […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Nexus Provides ‘A Newer Concept In Racing’

Horse racing executives have long been sitting in dusty board rooms trying to envision new ways to broaden the sport’s reach to include a younger generation of fans, but 20-somethings Dare Sutton and Sam Bussanich were a step ahead with an idea birthed in 2016. Neither grew up in racing, however, and the prohibitive costs […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: A ‘Lightbulb Moment’ In The Quest To Teach A Horse To Accept Contact

Top U.S. show jumper Candice King grew up riding cutting horses in California and showing a pair of Appaloosas in the jumpers, all the way up to the puissance at age 14. The internationally successful King has a well-earned reputation for being able to effectively work with the most difficult and sensitive horses, but I […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Chasing A Louisiana ‘Wild Card’

Kevin Atwood has always liked speed. His boots were in stirrups more often than on the ground while he was growing up in Hopkinsville, Ky., and he carried on that tradition with barrel racing through adulthood. In 2008, however, Atwood had to admit he needed to slow down. Then 46, he started searching for another […]

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War Of Will Vindicated; Casse Emotional After First Classic Victory

First, there was fear. Then disappointment. Later, it was indignation. Two weeks after the history-making 145th edition of the Kentucky Derby, War of Will finally got the one thing his trainer and jockey had been asking for. “We were this close to never seeing him again,” said Mark Casse, referencing the Derby incident with Maximum […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: From Father To Son, A Golden Blue Blanket

On a damp, chilly Thursday morning at Pimlico, most Preakness contenders were being walked around the shed row wearing blankets emblazoned with their name, or perhaps their trainer’s name. One was unique, however. It’s a bright blue and square wool blanket with white edges and big block letters emblazoned across the left side, and it […]

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