Connections

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: From Mixed Martial Arts To Horse Racing 101

Theirs may be the only love story that begins with a conversation about Husqvarna chain saws and Thoroughbred horse racing. Chel-c Bailey and David Kembrey met almost by accident. Each was in Las Vegas for a different reason; Bailey was living there and trying to make a go as a professional MMA fighter, and the […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Stories From The Good Ol’ Days

Marilyn Montavon is chock-full of horse racing stories, and none of them are typical – then again, neither is the horsewoman everyone knows as “Fefe.” Her stories rarely have a well-defined beginning, middle or ending. She’s a bit rough around the edges. One story will blend into another several times over before it rolls back […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Douglas Sharing ‘All The Tools’ With Next Generation

Former jockey Rene Douglas admits he “wasn’t doing much” after the 2009 accident that stole the use of his legs. The emotional toll must have been indescribable. In a split second, he went from a leading rider and winner of nearly 3,600 races to being paralyzed from the chest down.  Through more than six months […]

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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: ‘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: Brought Together By ‘Canada, Hockey And Horses’

Growing up in Windsor, Ontario, there were two main passions for Timothy Faubert and his friends: hockey and horse racing. Fifty years later the group of eight still relishes the passion of a good hockey game, and in the past three years they’ve also enjoyed a very successful Thoroughbred racing venture in partnership with Hill […]

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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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