Breeders’ Cup presents Fresh Faces

Breeders’ Cup presents Fresh Faces: The Racing Dudes

Aaron Halterman and Jared Welch are the co-founders of, a tips and fan education website. The pair launched the site in 2012 after Welch suggested to Halterman that his weekly Oaklawn wagering guides needed a broader audience. The site now covers nearly all the active tracks in the U.S. and features a weekly podcast […]

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Breeders’ Cup presents Fresh Faces: Denali’s Next Generation

Conrad Bandoroff grew up on Denali Stud, which was established by his parents, well-known consignors Craig and Holly. The younger Bandoroff shadowed John Ward in Ward’s days as trainer, worked for trainer Bill Mott, interned with Bradley Thoroughbreds and for John Messara at Arrowfield Stud in Australia. Bandoroff is currently completing his senior year at […]

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Breeders’ Cup presents Fresh Faces: The 19-Year-Old Trainer

Liam Benson took out his trainer’s license in 2013 and saddled his first winner the same year at Colonial Downs. He currently has four wins from 47 starts and has finished in the money eight times out of 31 starts so far this year. The 19-year-old Benson learned under Derek Ryan and Steve Asmussen and […]

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Breeders’ Cup presents Fresh Faces: From the Windows

Marc Doche is the CEO of Horsebills, a web-based subscription system that gives horsemen a paperless way to organize their books and bill clients and also allows owners to tap into their own billing records. Doche is also the vice president of Arbor Financial Group and has previously worked in the wholesale division at Countrywide […]

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Breeders’ Cup presents Fresh Faces: Learning From Each Other

Andrew Chesser is the manager of registration services at The Jockey Club. Chesser has spent most of his career at the Jockey Club working with the Interactive Registration program, internal procedures, communications for the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities and digital customer service. Chesser also completed an advertising internship with The Blood-Horse. He is a […]

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Breeders’ Cup presents Fresh Faces: Starting at the End of the Story

Leah Alessandroni is the bloodstock and farm administrator at Regis Farm in central Kentucky. Alessandroni made the move from her native Florida to study equine science and management at the University of Kentucky. She has held internships at the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center, the Kentucky Horse Council, and WinStar Farm. She was responsible for booking […]

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Breeders’ Cup presents Fresh Faces: Success Is a Team Effort

Byron Hughes is a third-generation horseman who spent his early years at Far Cry Farm, where his father B.G. “Scooter” Hughes was manager, together with the younger Hughes’ grandfather Gail.  Byron also worked for his father on the racetrack, although the elder Hughes encouraged his son to ‘leave the nest’ and work for a larger […]

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Breeders’ Cup presents Fresh Faces: An International Perspective

Patrick Cummings is the director of racing information for Trakus, where he has worked since 2011. He is also the founder/editor of, which he launched in 2007. Cummings holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Dickinson College and a masters in business administration from Baylor University. He has previously called the races […]

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Breeders’ Cup presents Fresh Faces: Turning ‘Horse People’ Into ‘Racing People’

Kate Ellis is a marketing analyst for Churchill Downs, where she works in digital marketing and new product development. Ellis holds a B.S. in management and economics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a certification in equine management from the University of Louisville. She has previously been the horse program coordinator for Marmon Valley Ministries and […]

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