Connections

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Ascot Win ‘As Good As It Gets’ For Bell

When Undrafted traveled across the pond for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on the last day of Royal Ascot, bloodstock agent Gatewood Bell made the trip as well. It was worth the long journey. Undrafted came home strongly to beat a talented field of sprinters in yet another win for trainer Wesley Ward at Royal Ascot. The victory […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Seitz Builds Partnerships, Career Foundation

Starting at a young age, Anna Seitz has worked in a variety of areas in the Thoroughbred world: at her family’s Brookdale Farm, with trainer Todd Pletcher, and now with Fasig-Tipton, where she is the client development and public relations manager. Seitz was a junior in college when she realized she wanted to pursue racing […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Learning From The Horses

Vicki Oliver may have spent her entire life around horses, but that doesn’t mean she thinks she’s done learning from them. Oliver, who runs a 40-horse stable based at Keeneland with husband Phil, grew up surrounded by horses as the daughter of owner/breeders G. Watts and Sally Humphrey. She also worked her way through a […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Rigney Goes ‘All In’ With Racing Venture

Some people have a knack for making life look easy. Louisville-based owner and breeder Richard Rigney might be one of them. His early partnerships in racing found quick success, with a filly winning a Grade 1 and taking second at the Breeders’ Cup and a colt coming home fifth in the Kentucky Derby. The beverage […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘It’s Hard Not To Like’

Hard Not To Like came to the 2014 Keeneland November sale at age five with 16 starts and two graded stakes wins. The daughter of Hard Spun, many could argue, had filled out her resume at just the right time to retire. But something about the mare caught the eyes of bloodstock agents Marette Farrell […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: A Head Start For Racehorses

Just an hour east of the sprawling metropolis of Dallas, Texas is Diamond D Ranch, a picturesque home for young Thoroughbreds. For more than three decades, the Dodwell family has had a hand in the early training of racehorses, preparing them for what lies ahead. Diamond D’s training program began in 1981, when founders Ed […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: The Story Behind Effinex

When Effinex and Angel Arroyo crossed the wire first in last month’s Grade 3 Excelsior Stakes at Aqueduct, things seemed to have come full circle for Dr. Russell Cohen. Cohen organizes the horse’s campaign as racing manager for his mother’s Tri-Bone Stables and is also the colt’s breeder and veterinarian. “My feet still haven’t hit […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Sweet Success

Pamela Ziebarth had just gotten into buying her own Thoroughbreds at auction when she spotted one she really liked — a bay daughter of Boston Harbor at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale in 2002. The hammer fell at $100,000 for the filly, and Ziebarth was the top bidder. With the help of Berkey Bloodstock, Ziebarth had […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Clark Counts His Blessings

Kerwin Clark is having quite a year. The 56-year-old jockey is the first to admit that after four decades in the saddle, his biggest goal was to hit win number 3,000 (he’s close at 2,914), and he assumed his career was over the hill. “Fifteen years ago I had decided I was just going to stay […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Living The Derby Dream

When jockey agent Brian Beach first joined the racing industry, Hall of Fame rider Bill Shoemaker gave him this bit of advice: “Never get too high on the highs and don’t get too low on the lows, and that’s how you survive.” Beach has always taken that sentiment to heart. Now, after years of hard […]

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