Trainers

Breeders’ Cup Countdown Presented By DRF Bets: Trainer View

Fans have fond memories of many legendary performances in the Breeders’ Cup, but how many have wondered what those races looked like to trainers of the winners? Bob Baffert, Shug McGaughey, and Mark Casse gathered to share their Breeders’ Cup memories earlier this week at Equestricon, and they revealed a few things fans may not […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Whole Family’ Celebrates With Sacco

Gregory Sacco, 52, remembers running around a shed row at Monmouth Park when he was small enough to go right under the racehorses’ webbings. Alongside his brother, who is 15 months younger, Sacco started hotwalking at just 8 years of age. His father William Sacco trained New Jersey-bred Thoroughbreds throughout his career, making the circuit […]

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Seeking 2,000 Wins: ‘Perseverance Pays’ For Trainer Kathleen O’Connell

Trainer Kathleen O’Connell is on the verge of saddling the 2000th winner of an enduring career marked by consummate horsemanship, unwavering perseverance, a steadfast work ethic and, most of all, a staunch dedication to her horses. “There’s an old saying: ‘There’s something about the outside of a horse that’s good for the inside of a man.’  It’s very, […]

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D. Wayne Lukas To Receive Breeders’ Cup Sports And Racing Excellence Award

The Breeders’ Cup, in conjunction with the Breeders’ Cup Festival and the Kentucky Derby Museum, today announced that D. Wayne Lukas, who transformed his skills as high school basketball coach in Wisconsin to become the greatest winning trainer in Breeders’ Cup history, will be honored with the Breeders’ Cup Sports and Racing Excellence Award on Wednesday, […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Powell Looks For ‘The Essence Of Every Horse’

Trainer Leonard Powell isn’t afraid to be a bit different from his colleagues on the Southern California circuit. While others dream of roses and meet titles, 41-year-old Powell has a similar sense of achievement after a solid allowance win as he does in a stakes race. “A lot of people say, ‘I want to win […]

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Laurel Park: Cancer In The Rear View, Gonzalez Closes In On Another Training Title

In just his sixth full season of training Thoroughbreds, Claudio Gonzalez never envisioned having the kind of success that has resulted his emergence as a dominant force in Maryland and has him a weekend away from formally claiming his fourth title in the last five Maryland Jockey Club meets. Gonzalez, 41, enters the final three […]

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Navarro Could Shatter His Own Record For Monmouth Park Wins

Jorge Navarro’s training accomplishments at Monmouth Park continue to sound like a broken record. With three horses entered on Thursday’s card, the 43-year-old Navarro can set the track record for victories for the third straight year if he manages to win all three races. Even if he falls short he still has 13 racing cards left starting on Friday. Navarro, currently […]

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‘Hanging In There’: At 85, Leatherbury Poised To Reach 6,500 Victories

Hall of Fame horseman King Leatherbury will reach the 6,500 mark with his next victory, which could come as soon as Saturday at Laurel Park. Leatherbury, 85, has Norman Lewis’ Chateau de Vizille entered in Race 8, a second-level $42,000 allowance for 3-year-olds and up scheduled for 1 1/16 miles over the Exceller turf course. Co-highweighted at […]

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New York Officials Reject Proposal To Shorten Dutrow’s 10-Year Ban

The New York State Gaming Commission voted 4-2 Monday to dismiss an appeal from supporters of suspended trainer Rick Dutrow, according to the Daily Racing Form. Chairman Barry Sample said commission members met before their meeting on Monday to discuss a request to reconsider the 10-year ban from racing Dutrow has been serving since 2013. […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: A ‘Super’ Problem?

One of the issues in racing that’s gotten quite a bit of attention in 2018 is similar partnerships owning several horses in a race. Much was made of the subject after some questionable tactics in the Belmont Stakes. Hand-in-hand with that, huge stables dominating the sport is another topic on the minds of many. Bill […]

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