Chelsea Hackbarth

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Stories From The Good Ol’ Days

Marilyn Montavon is chock-full of horse racing stories, and none of them are typical – then again, neither is the horsewoman everyone knows as “Fefe.” Her stories rarely have a well-defined beginning, middle or ending. She’s a bit rough around the edges. One story will blend into another several times over before it rolls back […]

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‘Not Just Upset But Mad’: Last-Minute Dubai World Cup Cancellation Frustrates Horsemen

The news of the Dubai World Cup cancellation, announced less than a week before the $12 million race scheduled for March 28, was exceptionally frustrating for the horsemen who’d traveled thousands of miles to the UAE with their ready-to-run top-level horses. Even in the wake of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, the last-minute decision left the […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Douglas Sharing ‘All The Tools’ With Next Generation

Former jockey Rene Douglas admits he “wasn’t doing much” after the 2009 accident that stole the use of his legs. The emotional toll must have been indescribable. In a split second, he went from a leading rider and winner of nearly 3,600 races to being paralyzed from the chest down.  Through more than six months […]

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Facing Uncertainty Outside The Racetrack, Working Jockeys Are Happy For Some ‘Normal’

Uncertainty may be a part of a jockey’s everyday life, but that feeling has risen immeasurably as the rest of the world grinds to a halt in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Several states have shut down racing entirely, so riders at tracks still operating are quick to express their gratitude for being able […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: From Life-Threatening Accident To Meah’s ‘Most Gratifying Win’ 

There wasn’t a dry eye in the winner’s circle after last Sunday’s sixth race at Santa Anita Park. The first horse across the wire may have been just a $16,000 claimer, but a serious accident last summer left the odds stacked against Vallestina; trainer Anna Meah wasn’t sure the mare would survive to be retired, […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Element Of Madness’ Keeps Irish Tenors’ Horse Racing Dreams Alive

When you walk into a room with Anthony Kearns and Ronan Tynan, two-thirds of the famed Irish Tenors, you might not expect to hear them talking horse racing.  Once they get started sharing stories and photographs of their favorite horses, however, you’ll have a hard time getting them to stop. “Horse people recognize horse people,” […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Major Fed Ignites New Derby Dreams For Foley Family

Greg Foley and Lloyd Madison Farms have felt the Kentucky Derby fever once before. In 2003 Champali qualified for the main field of the Run for the Roses, but the son of Glitterman was more of a miler type. After a second-place finish in the G3 Derby Trial, the colt was aimed at the Preakness […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Brought Together By ‘Canada, Hockey And Horses’

Growing up in Windsor, Ontario, there were two main passions for Timothy Faubert and his friends: hockey and horse racing. Fifty years later the group of eight still relishes the passion of a good hockey game, and in the past three years they’ve also enjoyed a very successful Thoroughbred racing venture in partnership with Hill […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: All-Around Horsewoman Tarrant Celebrates With Thousand Words

Talented 3-year-old colt Thousand Words seems to have an uncanny knack for knowing exactly how fast he needs to run to hit the wire first. The son of Pioneerof the Nile is undefeated in three career starts, but his largest margin of victory is the three-quarters of a length by which he won last Saturday’s […]

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