Drosselmeyer’s Classic win voted NTRA Moment of the Year

The exciting victory by Drosselmeyer and Mike Smith over Game on Dude and Chantal Sutherland in the Breeders’ Cup Classic has been voted the 2011 National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Moment of the Year. Drosselmeyer’s victory also represented the second “Classic” win in as many days for trainer Bill Mott, who had saddled Royal Delta […]

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Stallion Spotlight: Distorted Humor

If breeders had to pick only one attribute to breed on, it would be speed. Speed kills … the competition. That is the trump card of Distorted Humor and also nearly every top-class stallion, but in the case of Distorted Humor, he surpassed his own racing record when he bred on his wild and crazy […]

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Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: Bidding for History and Hope

Sometimes, winning a horse race can have far-reaching effects no one can anticipate at the time. When Drosselmeyer romped home to capture the Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 5, it helped trigger an idea that has brought joy to racing fans and hope for ex-racehorses needing a place to call home. The folks at WinStar Farm […]

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Trainer Bill Mott has November to remember

New York Times turf writer Joe Drape looks at trainer Bill Mott’s sizzling November performance.  Mott won six graded stakes this month – including the Breeders’ Cup Classic and Ladies’ Classic – to vault him into fourth place in the national trainer standings with $10.3 million in purse earnings.  Drape says Mott’s patient approach is […]

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Horse investor gets in at the right time on Drosselmeyer

The Albany Times-Union tells the story of New York attorney John Hicks and his partners, who bought a majority interest in the breeding rights of Drosselmeyer two weeks before the Breeders’ Cup Classic: “Too nervous to watch the race, Hicks held his mother’s rosary beads and prayed in his bedroom. No TV, no radio. Hicks […]

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Watchmaker: Eclipse divisions muddled but some things clear

In his latest column, the Daily Racing Form’s Mike Watchmaker says he’s leaning toward Tizway for the older male championship in the Eclipse Award voting and toward Animal Kingdom in the three-year-old division.  He doesn’t think Caleb’s Posse quite measures up in the three-year-old group, and he’s definitely against Game On Dude for older male: […]

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WinStar weighs Drosselmeyer decision; Smith lobbies for Classic winner to race

WinStar Farm will make a decision on the future of recent Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) hero Drosselmeyer some time next week, the farm reported on Wednesday. The 4-year-old son of Distorted Humor was to be retired to stand in New York in 2012, but a clause in the contract called for flexibility if Drosselmeyer were […]

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New Orleans attorney nets $270,000 on Drosselmeyer victory

When Drosselmeyer came steaming down the stretch to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic, New Orleans attorney Patrick McGoey was surprisingly calm. Most people in his shoes wouldn’t be. Drosselmeyer’s upset victory landed McGoey in first place of the third annual Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge and earned him $270,600. “I just had a feeling,” McGoey said […]

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Haskin: Faith played a big role in Drosselmeyer’s win

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 […]

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