Chelsea Hackbarth

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Reid Looks Forward To His ‘Monday Morning’

As we enter the final weeks of the NFL playoff season, there’s little worse than walking into the office on Monday morning to hear coworkers lamenting the play of their favorite quarterback.  For trainer Robert “Butch” Reid, however, the phrase Monday Morning QB is one of the things that keeps him excited about waking up […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Promising 3-Year-Old Gets Some ‘Screen’ Time For New Owner

When Alan Swift’s friends and family learned he’d bought his first Thoroughbred racehorse, one of their earliest questions was: “Will he run in the Kentucky Derby?” Eight months later, Swift watched his colt As Seen On TV in an intense stretch battle in the Mucho Macho Man Stakes at Gulfstream Park, and felt his own […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Venetian Harbor Looking Like A Good One For Savides

It’s always thrilling to see a horse draw away to win by open lengths, no matter the level. When that horse is a coming 3-year-old filly and she breaks her maiden by nearly 11 lengths, that excitement is multiplied a thousand-fold. Majority owner Domenic Savides wasn’t surprised to see Venetian Harbor perform well on Sunday […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘It’s Everything I Ever Wanted’

Growing up with an eye on each of her parents galloping racehorses at Finger Lakes in upstate New York, Elizabeth Dobles learned quite a bit about the value of hard work. Still, she found herself surprised last Saturday when War Story, making his first start under her care, came flying home to win the G3 […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Winning With Grace, Honor, And ‘Strength’

It is exceedingly rare, both on the racetrack and in the rest of the world, to find the kind of person about whom no one has anything negative to say. Onofrio Pecoraro knows the value of such a man, which is why he turned to former trainer Barry Abrams when he wanted to get into […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Special Pair Of Victories Honor ‘An Old Cowboy’

The rain falling from the sky on Thanksgiving eve in Hobbs, N.M. mirrored the bittersweet emotions in the Zia Park winner’s circle.  A frontrunning 4 ½-length victory by Restrainedvengence in the $150,000 Zia Park Championship saw fresh tears well up in the eyes of his connections; it was just a few weeks after the passing […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Thankful For ‘Miracles That Defy Science And Logic’

The holiday season is officially upon us, but Sarah MacHarg needs no extra reminders to be thankful this year. She has spent the past six months watching her Thoroughbred gelding Great Minds defy the greatest of odds, overcoming an intra-articular joint infection so severe that most veterinarians suggested he wouldn’t be able to survive. “He […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Recovered From Injury, Geroux On A Roll At Churchill

Jockey Florent Geroux won seven of the sixteen races he rode last week at Churchill Downs, including the Grade 3 River City Handicap with Mr. Misunderstood, recording a remarkable 44% strike rate with his first mounts since recovering from a fractured sternum. The 33-year-old French native was injured in a fall during morning training hours […]

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Honor Roll Presented By New York Thoroughbred Breeding And Development Fund: Zielinski’s Dreams Come True With Dream Bigger

It hasn’t always been easy to get foals out of Downtown Daria, a daughter of Sky Mesa. Still, between a serious episode of Potomac horse fever two years ago and a more recent low-grade E-Coli infection, the mare managed to produce a colt by New York stallion Mission Impazible. “We initially named him Never Say […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: The Phone Call That Won A Breeders’ Cup Race

All trainer Juan Carlos Guerrero wanted was for his colt to be given a fair chance in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. He told jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. not to fight the 3-year-old Spun to Run, a relative longshot at 9-1 odds on Saturday. Ortiz listened to the instructions, and for the second race in […]

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