Chelsea Hackbarth

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Well Defined Creates ‘Something To Talk About Again’

While his contemporaries were walking between classes on the university quad, Farm Manager Larry King continued his post-secondary education under his father at Florida’s Waldemar Farm. His studies included everything from the day-to-day operations of a top-flight breeding farm to a 1975 Kentucky Derby victory with Waldemar-bred Foolish Pleasure. Forty-six years later, King was thrilled […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: No ‘Genie In A Bottle’ Needed For Derby Prospect Tax

If you’re going to do something, do it well. Danny Gargan has worked every day of his life on the racetrack, but he didn’t start out wanting to be a horse trainer. It’s a curious beginning for the conditioner and part-owner of G3 Withers winner Tax, a strong prospect on the Road to the Kentucky […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Wings Locked Up ‘Just Happier At The Racetrack’

Every good horseman will tell you that a racehorse does his best running when he’s happy. The hard part, of course, is figuring out how to put him in that headspace; horses aren’t always logical creatures. About a year ago now, trainer Clinton Stuart tried sending his hard-knocking gelding Wings Locked Up home to his […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘If You Ever Listen To Me Again, I’m Firing You’

Just before Big Changes went in the starting gate for Saturday’s Sunshine Millions Turf, one of the Gulfstream commentators mentioned that he was a little bit worked up. “What she didn’t know is that he’s geared like that,” said owner Steve Landers, 65. “That’s just the way he runs.” Neither Landers nor the betting public […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘I’ve Bought A Lot Of Slow Ones, Too’

It was his 898th training victory, but easily the one that meant the most to Canadian-born Don Schnell. His Escape Clause won the G3 La Canada Stakes at Santa Anita Park on Saturday by 5 ½ lengths, then jogged back to meet her owner and trainer in the winner’s circle for his first graded stakes […]

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Exercise Rider Severely Injured, Two Horses Killed In Head-On Collision At Fair Grounds

An accident during Monday’s morning training hours at the Fair Grounds resulted in the death of a pair of Thoroughbred racehorses and severe injuries to one exercise rider, Roderick “Roddy” MacKenzie. According to various individuals with knowledge of the situation, an unnamed young horse from the barn of Joe Sharp unseated his rider and took […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Hope Is For Free’

The last-minute pick-up mount on Saturday at Santa Anita had jockey Geovanni Franco and agent Jim Giannone dreaming big. With Joel Rosario feeling under the weather, Franco was gifted the opportunity to ride Grade 1 winner Next Shares in the G2 San Gabriel Stakes. “When my agent told me, I got really excited,” said Franco, […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Dreaming With ‘Perfection’

From the saddle of a red roan mustang with a “little streak of craziness in him” to following Spiced Perfection into the winner’s circle after the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes, Michael Faber just keeps daring himself to dream a little bigger. Or in this case, maybe Faber was dreaming a little smaller, but it […]

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A Very Muddy Christmas: Working Through A Kentucky Winter

I started leasing my own property in July of this year, with a delightfully old-fashioned four stall barn and two spacious paddocks just outside of Louisville. I have two horses of my own, a big off-track Thoroughbred and a 21-year-old pint-sized Arabian. A friend also boards her similarly-sized Quarter Horse mare in the field with […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: The Strait Is Strong At Valor Farm

“Cowboys like us sure do have fun, “Racin’ the wind, chasin’ the sun, “Take the long way around back to square one.” The juvenile filly Cowgirls Like Us demonstrated her continuing dominance with a 3 ¼-length win in Sunday’s $100,000 Trapeze Stakes at Remington Park, marking her third stakes victory in a row. For general […]

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