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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘All The Little Things’ Take Pino To The Top

Jockey Mario Pino recently surpassed Jorge Velasquez to become the ninth winningest rider in North American history, entering the winner’s circle for the 6,796th time on June 21 aboard a gelding named “Divined.” The quiet, humble veteran’s accomplishment went largely unnoticed, except by those closest to him. “He’s never been one to toot his own […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Unreal’ Family Legacy Carries On In Stewart’s Barn

Forever Unbridled’s performance in Saturday night’s G2 Fleur de Lis was particularly impressive, considering trainer Dallas Stewart had the 5-year-old mare ready to fire off a seven-month layoff. Last seen in running third in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, just 1 ¼ lengths behind Beholder and Songbird, Forever Unbridled earned a trip back to the World […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Meet The New Leading Rider At Indiana Grand

Katie Clawson is making history this year at Indiana Grand. The jockey title at the Shelbyville, Ind., track has never been won by a female rider, nor has it ever been won by an apprentice; 20-year-old Clawson is en route to changing both of those statistics. Clawson has won 33 races since the start of […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Following In Some Mighty Footsteps

Six months ago, Angel A. Rodriguez was a fresh-faced 16-year-old with a dream. He had just graduated from the Academia Técnica de Formación de Jinetes Laffit Pincay Jr. at the Hipódromo Presidente Remón in Panama City, Panama – the riding school renamed by racetrack operator Codere in 2009 to honor the legendary jockey who launched […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Investing In A ‘High-Level Blue Collar Family’

A catalog page for Don Robinson would read like that of one of the blue-blooded Thoroughbreds his Winter Quarter Farm has become known for. His grandmother Mrs. Silas B. Mason operated a farm in Lexington named Duntreath in the 1920s, racing colts like Santa Anita Derby winner He Did — famous for side-swiping Seabiscuit at […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘The Rodney Dangerfield Of Horse Racing’

For all the money, knowledge and experience that goes into purchasing a young Thoroughbred at a sale, often just plain luck plays the biggest role in selecting a top prospect. Lee Levinson, an attorney in Tulsa, Okla., experienced just such a moment at the 2015 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, when he first began seriously investing […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Old Hard-Back,’ Five-Time Kentucky Derby Winner

It is worn down, stretched a bit thin in places, and bears the subtle scars of 40 years of use. Some of its stitching is frayed, but the smooth, well-oiled grain of the leather suggests there is more than meets the eye. Though it bears little resemblance to its slick and shiny modern cousins decorating […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: State Of Honor Owners Relish First Derby Experience

“I never even dreamed of the Kentucky Derby,” said the starry-eyed, grandfatherly-looking gentleman as he took in the sights and sounds of Churchill Downs’ grandstand. “I never even dreamed of being in this facility here, much less having a horse in the race. It’s unbelievable.” Meet Manfred Conrad, the owner and breeder of Kentucky Derby […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Professor, Mentor And Friend, Capps’ Inspiration Lives On

Diet Dr. Pepper in hand, Tim Capps strode to the front of the technology-laden classroom with a single manila folder in his arms. He moved efficiently, purposefully, the lines of his crisp black suit highlighting the steady cadence as he turned to face his captive audience. Without so much as a word, the straight-backed professor’s […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: The ‘Thoughtful, Considerate’ Live Oak Legacy

A beautifully sunny Saturday at Keeneland greeted Charlotte Weber on April 8 as she arrived in the Blue Grass, anxiously awaiting the opportunity to watch a pair of her Live Oak Stud homebreds compete in some of the country’s premier graded stakes action. When both Holding Gold and Awesome Slew crossed the wire first in […]

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