Connections

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Carrying A ‘Banner’ For The Backstretch Melting Pot

The racetrack has a way of bringing people together across cultures and across miles. “We’ve got just about every country in America on the backside. That’s the racetrack,” said Stanley Gold. Gold, trainer of Grade 3 Hutcheson Stakes winner Awesome Banner, should know all about the draw of the racetrack—he logged thousands of miles on […]

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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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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Thinking Small Works Just Fine For Ron Moquett

One day a fellow trainer overheard Ron Moquett telling a prospective owner, “sorry I can’t take any more horses.” The flummoxed trainer pulled Moquett aside and asked him why in the world he would say no to somebody who wanted to hire him. “The trainer told me that the best horse they ever had was […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Liking The Sound Of It

In the music industry, superstars don’t come along that often, and being able to spot a budding star before anyone else is a rare and coveted skill. Sound familiar? After decades of experience with a record company and a lifetime at the racetrack, owner/breeder Stewart Madison has a unique understanding of the similarities between both […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: The Chiropractor Behind Chiropractor

Dr. Garry Dulgar has gotten a lot of attention since Chiropractor won the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby, but he’s not exactly basking in the limelight. Dulgar, who is both a human and equine chiropractor, became the inspiration for naming the gelding after he played an integral role in bringing the horse back from an injury […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Such Sweet Dedication

The Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland was full of exciting moments and unique stories, but some of the best were the ones that never made the headlines. I was in Lexington for Breeders’ Cup week and spent the majority of my waking hours at Keeneland. On Sunday morning after the two-day championships had concluded, an endless […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Stormy Lucy Has Stretch Drive And Sharp Teeth

Trainer Ed Moger, Jr. admitted that he couldn’t be totally shocked when 6-year-old trainee Stormy Lucy entered the Grade 1 Matriarch gates at odds of 65-1. After all, it was a full field of good horses. “She’s a really talented horse. There are several of [her past] races she could’ve won with a better trip,” […]

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Breeders’ Cup Connections: A Claim, Come Full Circle

When Brandy’s Girl and jockey Paco Lopez charged home by 4 ¾ lengths in the Juvenile Filly Sprint Stakes at Gulfstream Park West Nov. 7, it wasn’t just the start of a promising 2-year-old’s foray into the big leagues. For owner/breeder/trainer Edwin Broome, it was the fruition of a smart claim years earlier. Brandy’s Girl […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Joy, ‘Relief’ For Mark Casse

Only a few days removed from the first Breeders’ Cup wins of his training career, Mark Casse said he’s still recovering from the emotional roller coaster. Despite having five Sovereign Awards as leading trainer in Canada, Casse had saddled 23 horses in the Breeders’ Cup and watched them all walk back to the barn without the trademark […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘It’s Our Tradition To Race With The Horse’

They didn’t exactly blend in with the Breeders’ Cup crowd at Keeneland, these folks dressed in exotic Asian hats and colorful garb. But it soon became clear why they were there, as the winning connections gathered to celebrate following the $1 million Turf Sprint. Some of them had traveled 6,450 miles in the hope of […]

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