Chelsea Hackbarth

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Can’t ‘Fault’ Lovell For Happy Horses

Thoroughbred trainers are most certainly their own unique breed, blessed with a nearly infinite sense of optimism that the next horse will be “the big one.” Those with smaller stables, the “little guys” of the racing world who work day in and day out just to make ends meet, are especially full of hope. When […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Diva, Against All Odds

As Rick Waller watched the Sorrento Stakes field approaching Del Mar’s starting gate, trainer Phil D’Amato’s excitement was just starting to catch on. The excitement built as the race went off, and the owner was afraid to hope as 10 juvenile fillies flew down the backstretch, but the little chestnut he first saw at six […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Ransom The Moon Fulfills ‘Potential’ For Martinez

With all the excitement surrounding Ransom the Moon’s first Grade 1 win in Saturday’s Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar, majority owner Mark Martinez couldn’t help but wish Drefong and jockey Mike Smith hadn’t parted ways at the start of the race. “Some people call it racing luck, but I never would have wished for […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Former Olympian Living Her New ‘Dream’

Dream It Is, a 2-year-old daughter of Shackleford, announced her presence to the racing world in a big way last Friday, dominating Saratoga’s G3 Schuylerville Stakes by nine lengths. “To win by nine at Saratoga, you just don’t expect that,” said trainer Barbara Minshall, 60. “You don’t know that going in. We just went there […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Organization Keeps Cox Stable ‘Moving Forward’

Growing up a couple blocks from Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., horse racing has enthralled trainer Brad Cox since early childhood. Working his way up through the industry, however, it didn’t take him long to discover the commerciality driving the sport’s brilliant excitement. “It’s a business, for sure,” said Cox, 37. “It really takes a […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘All The Little Things’ Take Pino To The Top

Jockey Mario Pino recently surpassed Jorge Velasquez to become the ninth winningest rider in North American history, entering the winner’s circle for the 6,796th time on June 21 aboard a gelding named “Divined.” The quiet, humble veteran’s accomplishment went largely unnoticed, except by those closest to him. “He’s never been one to toot his own […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Unreal’ Family Legacy Carries On In Stewart’s Barn

Forever Unbridled’s performance in Saturday night’s G2 Fleur de Lis was particularly impressive, considering trainer Dallas Stewart had the 5-year-old mare ready to fire off a seven-month layoff. Last seen in running third in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, just 1 ¼ lengths behind Beholder and Songbird, Forever Unbridled earned a trip back to the World […]

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Lead Pony 101 Presented By Nupafeed: Practicing At Churchill Downs

For the past two weeks, the Paulick Report has been following the journey of a bay Thoroughbred gelding named “Trajan” as he transitions from a racing career to that of a lead pony. In the first week Trey learned some of the basic cues he would need for his new job, and in the second […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Meet The New Leading Rider At Indiana Grand

Katie Clawson is making history this year at Indiana Grand. The jockey title at the Shelbyville, Ind., track has never been won by a female rider, nor has it ever been won by an apprentice; 20-year-old Clawson is en route to changing both of those statistics. Clawson has won 33 races since the start of […]

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