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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Jockey Camacho Stays Humble Heading To The ‘Big Time’

Growing up in Venezuela, Samy Camacho played baseball alongside most of the other young boys.  “I’m so small, you know, so I can’t keep doing that,” said Camacho, 30, now a professional jockey based at Tampa Bay Downs. Camacho still has connections to baseball through Venezuela. His best friend, Carlos “Cookie” Carrasco, is a pitcher […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: From Life-Threatening Accident To Meah’s ‘Most Gratifying Win’ 

There wasn’t a dry eye in the winner’s circle after last Sunday’s sixth race at Santa Anita Park. The first horse across the wire may have been just a $16,000 claimer, but a serious accident last summer left the odds stacked against Vallestina; trainer Anna Meah wasn’t sure the mare would survive to be retired, […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Element Of Madness’ Keeps Irish Tenors’ Horse Racing Dreams Alive

When you walk into a room with Anthony Kearns and Ronan Tynan, two-thirds of the famed Irish Tenors, you might not expect to hear them talking horse racing.  Once they get started sharing stories and photographs of their favorite horses, however, you’ll have a hard time getting them to stop. “Horse people recognize horse people,” […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Major Fed Ignites New Derby Dreams For Foley Family

Greg Foley and Lloyd Madison Farms have felt the Kentucky Derby fever once before. In 2003 Champali qualified for the main field of the Run for the Roses, but the son of Glitterman was more of a miler type. After a second-place finish in the G3 Derby Trial, the colt was aimed at the Preakness […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: All-Around Horsewoman Tarrant Celebrates With Thousand Words

Talented 3-year-old colt Thousand Words seems to have an uncanny knack for knowing exactly how fast he needs to run to hit the wire first. The son of Pioneerof the Nile is undefeated in three career starts, but his largest margin of victory is the three-quarters of a length by which he won last Saturday’s […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘When I Win, Everybody Wins’

Upon learning of his nomination for the 2020 George Woolf Memorial Award, which recognizes riders whose careers and personal character garner esteem for the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred racing, jockey Luis Quinones found himself feeling overwhelmed. “I don’t know how to explain how it makes me feel,” Quinones said. “There’s a lot of […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Patience Pays Off With Sadler’s Joy

The fifth choice on the morning line at 8-1, Pegasus World Cup Turf entrant Sadler’s Joy may be a solid price play on Saturday afternoon. The 7-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy has been extremely sharp in his morning training, according to co-owner and breeder Lauren Woolcott, and he is coming off a confidence-building win in […]

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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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