breeders’ cup connections

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Instead Of Finding An Excuse, I Tried To Find A Solution’

Jockeys at Santa Anita are currently staying in trailers near the paddock during the race week, a step toward the “new normal” in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. They eat meals together (provided by Santa Anita via local restaurants), have organized group activities in a common area in the evenings, and the living accommodations […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘You Try To Be The Best Version Of Yourself’

Two years in, Cherie DeVaux’s training operation is really starting to look the way she’d hoped it would when she left the employ of Chad Brown in 2018. Last Saturday, May 16, the 38-year-old made headlines at Churchill Downs as the only trainer to win two races on the Louisville, Ky., track’s delayed opening-day program. […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Burke Taking Advantage Of American Opportunities

It’s not her first time beneath the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs, but jockey Julie Burke is definitely glad to be back in the saddle for two mounts there this weekend. With nearly 50 jockeys named on horses each day and trainers shipping horses in from all over the country to compete in full fields, […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Sometimes You Need To Take The Pride And Put It In The Back’

At just 33 years of age, Juan Alvarado was already among the top echelon of trainers in his native Dominican Republic. He had trained a Triple Crown winner, Dr. Calderon, in 1985, and had saddled the winners of some of the country’s most prestigious stakes races. But in 1992, tragedy struck the local horse racing […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Heroes Of The San Luis Rey Downs Fire

As with most tragedies there are examples of courage that flash to the surface in split seconds when all seems lost, when circumstances overwhelm, when seemingly ordinary people become super human and accomplish the impossible. Some are born heroes; some are born on the spot. No amount of training or preparation can predict who will […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Little Red Feather’s Midnight Hour

The graded stakes clock struck midnight on July 17, when Midnight Miley led throughout to win the Grade 3 Ontario Matron Stakes on the Tapeta main track at Woodbine and Midnight Storm wired his field in the Grade 2 Eddie Read Stakes on turf at Del Mar. Midnight Miley, a 4-year-old filly by Midnight Lute […]

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