Chelsea Hackbarth

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Venezuelan Trainer Hopes Derby History Repeats With Majesto

The last time a Venezuelan trainer, jockey, and owner teamed up in the Run for the Roses, they came away victorious. It was in 1971 that Pedro Baptista’s little colt with a crooked front leg arrived in Miami, only to faint after exiting the airplane. Trainer Juan Arias had only brought along $800, so the […]

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Mor Spirit’s ‘Anteater’ Action Reminds Gary Stevens Of A.P. Indy

Hall of Famer Gary Stevens is excited to ride Bob Baffert’s occasionally temperamental colt Mor Spirit in the Kentucky Derby this Saturday. The son of Eskendereya has earned the reputation in recent months, as evidenced by an aborted work at Santa Anita in late February. Stevens was on board for the planned breeze, afterward calling […]

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‘Best Friends’: College Students Team Up For First Win At Keeneland

Hemmed in behind horses at the top of the lane, Expected Ruler did not appear a likely winner of the fifth race last Friday at Keeneland. Carrying odds of 16-1, jockey Didiel Osorio managed to improvise, bulling through traffic to get the 3-year-old colt racing room. The pair surged forward to win by three-quarters of […]

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‘Rope-A-Dope’ Ride: Jockey Gets First Stakes Win In Unusual Fashion

It’s not every day a horse draws out to a 20-length lead in the early stages of a race. Even rarer is for that horse to go on and win once the pack catches up to him. But that’s exactly what happened April 2 at Turf Paradise, when jockey Natasha Coddington rode Blue Bomber to victory […]

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Wow Filly: 3-Year-Old Enola Gray Romps By 16 In Debut, Nearly Sets Track Record

Santa Anita’s meet-leading trainer Phil D’Amato debuted 3-year-old California-bred filly Enola Gray to a crushing 16 ¼-length victory in Sunday’s seventh race, nearly eclipsing the track record for 6 ½ furlongs under a hand ride from Tyler Baze. “I didn’t know much about her,” said Baze after the maiden special weight for Cal-bred or California-sired […]

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Scoping In Motion: Dynamic Endoscope Improves Diagnosis Of Breathing Problems

Upper respiratory problems and airway abnormalities are one of the leading causes of poor performance in Thoroughbred racehorses. For racetrack veterinarians, the standard method of diagnosis involves an endoscopic exam. While the horse is at rest, a long, narrow tube with a camera and light on one end is inserted into the horse’s nasal cavity […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: New Home But Familiar Success For Jaramillo

When X Y Jet blasted through the first half-mile of the Gulfstream Park Sprint in under 44 seconds, new majority owner Gary Hartunian’s heart jumped into his throat. “What’s this horse doing?” he said out loud.    The fraction likely made the gelding’s backers nervous as well. After all, X Y Jet had four straight […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: The ‘Wild Ride’ Of An Outrider

As outrider John Garges helped slow down American Pharoah following the colt’s eight-length romp in the Arkansas Derby last year, the outrider asked jockey Victor Espinoza: “Well, do you think he could go a little farther?” “I hope so,” said Espinoza. The pair turned around, and Garges kept ahold of the colt for the journey […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘I Never Thought I Could Actually Do It’

Serious doubts accompanied Mshawish as he entered the gate for the Grade 3 Hal’s Hope Stakes last Saturday; he went off as the third choice in the field of five. The Grade 1 winner on turf had only one prior start on the dirt — a fourth in the Cigar Mile. When Mshawish rallied from last […]

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BC Dirt Mile Notes: Wicked Strong Connections Hoping For Rapid Early Pace

Centennial Farms’ Wicked Strong was sent to the Keeneland main track Tuesday morning for a gallop and finished off with a breeze through the stretch. “He went well,” trainer James Jerkens said. “The track was sloppy. He went out early. It was packed down.” Wicked Strong, who finished second behind Tonalist in the 1 ¼ […]

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