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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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Vino Rosso Pulls Clear Late In Injury-Marred Breeders’ Cup Classic; Mongolian Groom Euthanized

Mike Repole and Vincent Viola’s Vino Rosso came away triumphant in Saturday’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., racing away from 5-2 favorite McKinzie in the stretch to win by 4 1/4 lengths on the wire. It was the fourth Breeders’ Cup victory this weekend for jockey Irad Ortiz, […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Accidentally In The Hall Of Fame’

All the Clockers’ Corner regulars know Vince DeGregory, and most stop by his table to say hello on a busy, frigid morning at Santa Anita just before the Breeders’ Cup. The 87-year-old jockey agent takes the time to greet each one by name and shake their hand, but he never loses the rhythm of his […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Making Noise’ For The Horses

Leslie McCall was honored last weekend with a Godolphin Thoroughbred Industry Employee Award in the category “Dedication to Racing,” and trainer Ron Moquett believes there couldn’t be a more accurate description of his eight-year employee. “I have to have people to depend on who will do the right thing by the horse,” Moquett said. “Leslie […]

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Honor Roll Presented By Virginia Thoroughbred Association: Backer Builds Upon On Her Farm’s Legacy

Horses were originally her husband’s passion, and when William Montague “Bill” Backer died 3 1/2 years ago Ann Backer wasn’t sure whether she would carry on with the business. With the help of long-time farm manager Susan Dunham, Backer restructured her Virginia-based program and has found herself truly enjoying the Thoroughbred game. “Upon his death, […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Size Isn’t Everything When They Run Big

At Thoroughbred sales, size really does matter. Young horses generally need to be at least of average height for their age to attract notice, and those that are particularly diminutive just don’t get as much attention. In the case of the filly Abscond, Jerry Romans, Jr. was willing to overlook her short stature.  He picked […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Emotionally-Charged’ Victory No Minor Feat

Emotion overflowed on the Keeneland turf course Sunday, a result of Peace Achieved’s hard-fought victory in the G3 Dixiana Bourbon Stakes. It was the first time owner Joe Minor had seen his silks enter the winner’s circle for a graded stakes race, but he gave the honor of leading the colt up for the photo […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Cedillo On The Rise In Southern California

Jockey Abel Cedillo’s first Grade 1 win, achieved Sept. 28 aboard Mongolian Groom in the Awesome Again Stakes, wasn’t just a milestone for the 30-year-old from Guatemala. The victory also brought about a sense of validation for his agent, Tom Knust, who brought the rider to the Southern California circuit this summer.  Knust has handled […]

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More Than A Pinhook: Life Lessons From A Sassy Bay Filly

We walked in to the Keeneland Sales Pavilion with an idea, a little bit of hope, and a lot of bravado. We walked out a little bit wiser, we hope, and with a renewed sense of faith in ourselves. The eight months in between were a heck of a journey. “We both graduated with equine […]

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