Breeders’ Cup presents Pop Quiz

Breeders’ Cup presents Pop Quiz: Bellocq Finds Balance

Remi Bellocq is the executive director of equine programming for Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) in Lexington, Ky., where he works with administrators to develop and support the college’s equine studies. Bellocq is also an instructor at the North American Racing Academy (NARA) and is former CEO of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective […]

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Breeders’ Cup presents Pop Quiz: Eclipse Awards and Flying Pumpkins

Joe Clancy is the editor of the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred, and as editor/owner of ST Publishing, has steered and produced content at Steeplechase Times, The Saratoga Special, and This Is Horse Racing. Clancy is the 2014 Eclipse Award winner in the News/Commentary category for ‘Horse of a Lifetime,’ an account of the Preakness Stakes which ran […]

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Breeders’ Cup presents Pop Quiz: Graham Rides With Confidence

Growing up in Dublin, Ireland, James Graham knew early on that horses were his passion. When he struggled in school, he jumped at the chance to go through an apprentice riding program. “It’s been straightforward ever since,” said Graham. The 35-year-old came to the U.S. in 2002 and rode his first winner a year later at […]

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Breeders’ Cup presents Pop Quiz: Loiselle Has Captured the Moment for Decades

Dan Loiselle was just a teenager when he first started calling races in the Sport of Kings. His backup announcing gig at Woodbine in the late 1960’s led to a lengthy stint as the track’s harness racing announcer and eventually to the job of Thoroughbred racecaller in 1986. It would take a month and a […]

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Breeders’ Cup presents Pop Quiz: Easy To Like Bernier’s Odds

It’s fair to say that Matt Bernier has taken the handicapping world by storm. Previously a real estate agent in Massachusetts, the 25-year-old was one of the youngest players to qualify for the National Handicapping Championship at age 22. He parlayed that experience into a role on the Esquire reality series, Horseplayers, which helped lead to […]

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Breeders’ Cup presents Pop Quiz: ‘Groovy’ Graham Motion and Tom the Turkey

Graham Motion is best known as the trainer of Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup winner Animal Kingdom, as well as recent Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Main Sequence. Motion, a native Englishman, began his career working for Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard and trainer Bernie Bond. Motion took out his own license in 1993 […]

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Breeders’ Cup presents Pop Quiz: Ward Turns BC Luck Around

Wesley Ward went into this year’s Breeders’ Cup with 16 starters and 0 wins (though he had one second last year with Judy the Beauty), but came away from last weekend’s races with two wins, three seconds, and a third, making him one of the biggest success stories of the weekend. Ward had found plenty […]

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Breeders’ Cup presents Pop Quiz: ‘Noticing the Small Things’ (and the Headless Horseman)

Geoffrey Russell has been director of sales at Keeneland since 2001. A native of Ireland, Russell worked at Coolmore Stud and was a bid spotter at Goffs before emigrating to the U.S. to take a job with Fasig-Tipton and gain some experience with Elmendorf Farm. He served as Fasig’s vice president of appraisals and director of […]

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Breeders’ Cup presents Pop Quiz: ‘The Quest of Finding the Truth’

Becky Ryder is the director of the Keeneland Library, where she focuses on planning, outreach, and advocacy. She has overseen a number of digitization projects, including that of the Daily Racing Form archives, in the past four years. Ryder was previously head of preservation services at the University of Kentucky for 17 years and has […]

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Breeders’ Cup presents Pop Quiz: Looking for ‘A Good Eye’

Mark Taylor is the vice president of marketing and public sales operations at Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky. Taylor is a third-generation horseman whose grandfather raised Standardbreds and whose father Joe was farm manager at Gainesway. Mark is the youngest of the Taylor brothers and graduated from Clemson University in 1992. Taylor worked for […]

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