Breeders’ Cup presents Connections

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: 26-Year-Old Breeder Defeats 70-1 Odds

At what point does a hobby become a passion? How often does that passion become a career? According to Maryland-based breeder Sabrina Moore, the odds of turning her passion for horses into a career were almost as high as those of her three-strong broodmare band producing a Grade 1 winner: about 70-1. When Knicks Go […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Looking After A ‘Great Friend’

Toast of New York’s incredible journey back to the races after a three-year break has drawn a lot of attention. The 7-year-old is now in Louisville being primed for the Breeders’ Cup, begging the question: “Do we believe in fairytales?” Jimmy McCarthy, the man who has been “Toast’s” transatlantic traveling companion throughout his career, suggested […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Churchill’s Equine Concierge

The Breeders’ Cup World Championships bring together horsemen from across the globe, and this November’s edition at Churchill Downs is expected to include a significant number of foreign contenders in addition to those who will ship in from all over the United States. The man in charge of coordinating that influx must consider not just […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Attard Patiently Takes Former Claimers To New Heights

Trainer Kevin Attard was still riding the high of a graded stakes win on Sunday morning, the day after former claimer Starship Jubilee picked up the Grade 2 Canadian Stakes at Woodbine. It was the 5-year-old mare’s second graded win, but hardly the first for Attard, who passed up the chance for a raucous celebration […]

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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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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Thinking Smaller, But In A Big Way’

Everyone responds differently to a national tragedy, like the devastation across Louisiana left by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Some people donate money; others give blood or donate their time and expertise. Jockey Aaron Gryder did something a bit different. His concern was for the children who’d lost everything, and that Christmas was arriving soon. Still […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Horses As Family’ Help Moquett Fight His Battles

About a decade ago, after Seek Gold catapulted trainer Ron Moquett into the national consciousness, he scrawled down a list of races he wanted to win. Some, like the Travers, were obvious. Others (the Vanderbilt, the Count Fleet, the deFrancis) made his list because of their history. The list hangs on a wall in his […]

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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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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Insta’-Success Was 20 Years In The Making

Terri Burch was living in California when her father first hatched a plan to bring her back home to Kentucky. A politician, he helped pass the legislation to create the University of Louisville’s Equine Industry Program in 1986. A long-professed horse lover, Burch was excited about the new program, which would be attached to the […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Working For My Big Brother And My Little Brother’

Saturday, July 29, at Monmouth Park, jockey agent Jimmy Riccio “won” the day with his riders Joe Bravo and Jose Ortiz sweeping all six stakes races on the card, including the $1 million Haskell Invitational with Good Magic. “We just were on the right horses that day,” said Riccio, 40. “It looked like a good […]

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