Connections

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: UPS Driver Grant Trains Millionaire, G1 Winner

Little-known trainer Gaston Grant describes his journey with millionaire New Jersey-bred Green Gratto as “once in a million.” Whatever the odds attached to their success, they are long. Grant remains in the early stages of building his credentials as a horseman as he scrambles to find time to oversee his small stable at Aqueduct Racetrack while maintaining […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘All The Ingredients’ For A Derby Dream

It’s all so improbable, from the $8,500 colt to the second-chance racehorse owner to the jockey who’d learned he would never ride again. But when Conquest Mo Money turned back California invader Irap in Sunland Park’s Mine That Bird Derby Feb. 26, drawing away to win by two lengths, the Derby dream started to catch […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Livin’ The Dream With An ‘Extended Family’

There were quite a few people standing on the apron at Turfway Park last Saturday, and Kelly Colliver was not quite tall enough to see over them as the field for the G3 Bourbonette Oaks turned for home. She heard a part of the call over the loudspeakers and was able to make out that […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: A Family Business That ‘Just Gets In Your Blood’

Trainer Brian Williamson had a hard time believing what he was seeing last Saturday, when jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. elected not to send the heavily-favored Terra Promessa to the lead in Oaklawn’s Grade 2 Azeri Stakes. Chris Landeros, piloting the Williamson-trained Streamline, took advantage, gauging a perfect stalking trip just off the leader, She Mabee […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: A ‘One In Two Million’ Opportunity

He operates a stable of just six horses at Parx Racing, but 44-year-old trainer Luis Carvajal Jr. is currently on his way to contest the biggest race of his career. Imperial Hint, a 4-year-old son of Imperialism, is taking his connections on the ride of a lifetime as they travel to the United Arab Emirates […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: A Ransomed ‘King’ And His $16,000 Colt

When Gunnevera came storming down the stretch at Gulfstream Park in Saturday’s Fountain of Youth Stakes, he wasn’t alone. Of course, jockey Javier Castellano was astride the 3-year-old son of Dialed In, but the colt was also joined by trainer Antonio Sano, running down the outer rail toward the wire. Eyes glued to his horse, […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Summers Lets Mind Your Biscuits Have Things His Way

Never was there a kid so disappointed to find he’d grown tall enough to ride roller coasters as a young Chad Summers. Summers was the only youngster he knew on his native Long Island who had grown up with dreams of becoming a jockey, and as a 4’10, 90-pound high school freshman, he had thought […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Southwest Winner’s Dam A Keeper For Pinhooker Wachman

For Roderick Wachman and David Egan, the 10-year-old Cherokee Run mare Cayala is a gift that keeps on giving. Egan pinhooked Cayala as a weanling in 2007, paying $75,000 for her at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale and re-selling the filly for $140,000 the following September at Keeneland’s yearling sale – a tidy profit. […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘One Of The Most Underrated Jockeys Out There’

It was with an air of absolute confidence that jockey Brian Hernandez, Jr., rode top 3-year-old McCraken in the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. While making his first start of 2017, the son of Ghostzapper was impressive, extending his undefeated record and announcing himself a major candidate for the Kentucky […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: A Tradition Deep In Sports Cars And Racehorses

Horsepower has always fascinated Isabelle de Tomaso, whose New Jersey homebred colt, Irish War Cry, pulled off a wire-to-wire upset of 2-year-old champion Classic Empire in last Saturday’s Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park. A daughter of Amory L. Haskell – founding president of Monmouth Park and the namesake for the Jersey Shore […]

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