Connections

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Rubley Rewarded For Following Training Dream

Kelly Rubley marked a career milestone Sept. 19, less than two years after she began her own training operation — her first stakes win. And she wasn’t even in the winner’s circle for it. When Modernstone (GB) upset the Fasig-Tipton Ladies’ Marathon Stakes at Kentucky Downs, drawing away by three-quarters of a length at odds […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Hinkle Farms Proves A Stayer In Breeding Business

In the difficult industry of Thoroughbred breeding, maintaining success over time usually requires wise spending habits, thoughtful decision-making, and a keen eye for potential others might not see. Hinkle Farms has embraced and honed that approach for many years, with results to back it up. “We’re looking for mares that come from good producing families with […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: The Best Wedding Present Ever

Gray Lyster knew for several months that Aug. 29 would be a big day for him as he prepared to marry his fiancée, Natalie, on that Saturday afternoon. What he didn’t realize amidst the last-minute event preparations was that a horse was about to deliver the best wedding present he could have hoped for on […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Harts’ Story Makes For ‘Appealing Tale’

Susie and Dr. E.C. “Pug” Hart are horse people who enjoy the accomplishments of every equine that passes through their care, even if from afar. Whether it’s a stakes winner they bred, a future champion they trained, or an injured runner they helped nurse back to brilliance, it all means something to them. “Seeing our […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Success, Against The Odds

Big John B’s win in the Grade 2 Del Mar Handicap last weekend was one that the bettors were ready for. When the gelding rallied in the stretch under Rafael Bejarano to top Ashleyluvssugar by 1 ½ lengths, his odds were 2.1-1, but for his breeders, the odds of him becoming a graded stakes winner […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Justin Stein’s Most Unusual Life

Young Elias Stein, pushing five years old, has urgent advice for his father, Justin: “Use the green stick, dad,” he says. And then the questions always come: “Did you win a race with it? Did you use the green stick?” Yes, Justin Stein used that green stick to win the Queen’s Plate at Woodbine racetrack […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Clarkland’s ‘Hands-On Family’ Breeds Classy Winners

This country has repeatedly shown what people can do with a fertile piece of land and a strong work ethic. For Fred and Nancy Mitchell at Clarkland Farm, that’s been the recipe for producing Thoroughbreds that are a joy to “behold” on the racetrack. Clarkland’s 400 acres near Lexington, Ky., have been in Nancy’s family […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Christina Jelm Has Been There, Done That

When it comes to horses, it’s hard to think of something Christina Jelm hasn’t been involved in. Fox hunting, polo, Saddlebred riding? Check. Thoroughbred trainer, breeder, owner? Yep. Corporate marketing, bloodstock agent, international exporter? You bet. While her childhood in Bath, Ohio (also home to a well-known trainer who comes into the picture later in […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Choosing To Work For The Horse

When Dr. Doris Tummillo purchased acreage in Aiken, S.C., she initially thought of the farm as a place to get away from the stresses of her job as a physician in nearby Augusta, Ga., and maybe dabble in farming hay and livestock. Little did she know she would ultimately be inspired to build a training […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: An Owner With A Flair For ‘Drama’

Even before Sheer Drama’s victory in last Saturday’s $750,000 Delaware Handicap, the 5-year-old Florida-bred mare’s owner and breeder, Harold L. Queen, was looking ahead to the Grade 1 Personal Ensign Handicap at Saratoga on Aug. 29. “That’s one of those Win and You’re In races,” Queen said. “Breeders’ Cup pays all the entry fees ($60,000 […]

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