Connections

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Family, Friends Take Foley To The Top

Though she loved growing up around the racetrack with her father and her three younger siblings, Vickie Foley wasn’t ready to commit to the lifestyle full-time after high school. She and her siblings had hot-walked and groomed in Michigan and Ohio during the summers, helping their father earn multiple leading trainer titles at River Downs […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Nexus Provides ‘A Newer Concept In Racing’

Horse racing executives have long been sitting in dusty board rooms trying to envision new ways to broaden the sport’s reach to include a younger generation of fans, but 20-somethings Dare Sutton and Sam Bussanich were a step ahead with an idea birthed in 2016. Neither grew up in racing, however, and the prohibitive costs […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Chasing A Louisiana ‘Wild Card’

Kevin Atwood has always liked speed. His boots were in stirrups more often than on the ground while he was growing up in Hopkinsville, Ky., and he carried on that tradition with barrel racing through adulthood. In 2008, however, Atwood had to admit he needed to slow down. Then 46, he started searching for another […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Gaudet Loves A Horse With A Good Story

If you’ve spent any time racing in Maryland, you know the Gaudet family. Trainer Eddie Gaudet, who died at the age of 87 early last year, was a fixture on the circuit – he arrived from Massachusetts in the 1950s and never left, training winners of the G2 General George, the G3 Anne Arundel, the […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: From Father To Son, A Golden Blue Blanket

On a damp, chilly Thursday morning at Pimlico, most Preakness contenders were being walked around the shed row wearing blankets emblazoned with their name, or perhaps their trainer’s name. One was unique, however. It’s a bright blue and square wool blanket with white edges and big block letters emblazoned across the left side, and it […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: From Head Injuries To Shingles, Larry Jones Refuses To Quit

A little more than five years ago, trainer Larry Jones suffered a head injury that by all accounts should have ended his riding career. He missed five weeks before he was back on his pony. Last year, Jones broke several ribs in another fall. He didn’t miss a single day of galloping. The only malady […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Tom Van Berg On Emotional Ride With Kentucky Oaks Filly

If you ask Tom Van Berg what enticed him back to training after a ten-year hiatus, he’s quick to correct you. He wasn’t coaxed, or tugged, or drawn back into the early mornings and long days; he was grabbed by the hands of fate, and the hands of his father. The year after his return, […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Hometown ‘Country Boy’ Takes Charles Town’s Biggest Prize

Timothy Grams was 24 years old when he first realized he wanted something different out of life. The all-around handyman had just been switched to the night shift with a roofing supply company, and it just wasn’t working out. A friend got Grams a job breaking young Thoroughbreds at a farm in Maryland, and that […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Cambra Enjoying Ride With ‘The Coolest Dude’

Taylor Cambra may be just 21 years old, but he sounds significantly older when he speaks about his horses. It could be because he has spent nearly every day in a saddle since before he was able to walk, that he spent time on the rodeo circuit riding bucking horses, or because he grew up […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Family Support Strong Behind Vekoma

Brothers Mike and Ted Gatsas have owned Thoroughbred racehorses for 21 years, and race days are an excuse to get the entire family together. This year, their children and grandchildren will have the opportunity to join Gatsas Stables at the pinnacle of the sport when Blue Grass Stakes winner Vekoma enters the starting gate for […]

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