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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Venezuelan ‘Cyclone’ Stirs Up California’s Jockey Standings

He may not speak much English, but jockey Santiago Gonzalez’ perennially smiling face doesn’t require a translator to be understood across the Californian racing scene. His race riding skills don’t require a translator, either. The Venezuelan native has made a big splash on the Californian circuit, appearing from seemingly out of nowhere in December of […]

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Desormeaux’s Rain Dance Pays Off As Exaggerator Takes The Haskell

It looks as though Exaggerator’s connections will be praying for rain come Breeders’ Cup this fall at Santa Anita, because the 3-year-old son of Curlin’s victory over a sloppy track in the Haskell Invitational just earned them a berth in the $6 million Classic. Owned by Big Chief Racing, Rocker O Ranch, and Head of […]

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California Chrome Gets The Best Of Game Dortmund In San Diego ‘Cap

Toting the high weight of 126 pounds, and though he was conceding five pounds to his major rival Dortmund, California Chrome crossed the wire the half-length victor of Saturday evening’s Grade 2 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar. The two horses turned for home together and battled for the length of the stretch, but it […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Trainer Drury Stays Grounded In ‘Full Circle’ Life

When multiple graded stakes-winning millionaire Departing entered Tommy Drury’s barn for the first time, the 45-year-old trainer figured the most important thing he could do for the horse was to “try to stay out of his way.” The strategy appears to be working. Making his first start for the Kentucky native last Saturday, Departing won the […]

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‘Special Attention’: $200 Racehorse Wasn’t So Crazy After All

“A good horseman can hear his horse speak to him. A great horseman can hear the horse whisper.” – Author Unknown Horses are always trying to tell us something, but it’s up to us, as their caretakers, to listen. “Bobby” was having a hard time getting his point across at a whisper, so last summer […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Siegel Reaches For The ‘Moon’ With Family Legacy

On an afternoon of racing in 1962, the grandstand at Aqueduct Racetrack would have been smaller, and likely more crowded than it would be today. Men wore suits, ties, and often classy felt fedoras, while women wore their very best dresses, all for a chance to see the horses on track. It was on one […]

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Lost And Found Presented By Horseware: Arroyo, Flores Make Good After Bad Breaks

What happens to a jockey when his career takes a turn for the worse? The turnaround can be as simple as an unlucky streak, or as complicated as a steward’s ruling. How does a rider rebuild himself, and his brand, when he makes a mistake? This month’s edition of Lost and Found takes an in-depth […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Alexander Feeling ‘Lucky’ With Homebred Enola Gray

In talking with California breeder Nick Alexander, you’d never know that he’s an entirely self-made man. He comes across as humble, pragmatic, and occasionally even self-deprecating. His success, however, both in the business realm and the Thoroughbred industry, lends itself to a more impressive evaluation. Thirty-five years ago, Alexander negotiated a bargain-bottom price on a […]

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Creator Brings The Rain In 2016 Belmont Stakes

WinStar Farm and Bobby Flay’s Creator nosed out Destin to win the 148th running of the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes, covering the 12 furlongs in 2:28.51 over Belmont Park’s fast main track. Just after the son of Tapit crossed the wire, rains began to fall over the Belmont oval, drenching the connections in the winner’s […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Wild’ Bullards Alley Rewards Glyshaw’s Patience

He may be a bit blunt, often sarcastic, and disparagingly enough in Kentucky, an avid Indiana University fan, but Tim Glyshaw is a trainer that takes time to understand and appreciate each of the horses in his barn. Moments after achieving his long-time goal of winning a graded stakes race, Glyshaw took to Facebook to […]

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