The Blood-Horse's Steve Haskin reveals more of the back story on Drosselmeyer's upset victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic. The storylines run deep for trainer Bill Mott, jockey Mike Smith and Drosselmeyer's other connections. For WinStar president Elliott Walden, a deeply religious man, faith played a role in more ways than one:
“It was Walden who convinced WinStar owner Kenny Troutt, who was unable to attend the Breeders' Cup, to put up the $150,000 entry fee for the Classic.”
“I have to give Elliott credit,” Mott said. “A lot of it was his choice. I was concerned about the entry fee, but they were willing to take a gamble and Kenny had to make the final decision.”
“It's a bad bet, so you have to believe,” added Walden, who spoke to Troutt on the phone after the race and said, “Congratulations; do you believe now?”
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