Chelsea Hackbarth

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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PR Special Keeneland September: Book 2 Champions

Following the strongest Keeneland September Yearling Sale opening in more than a decade, Book 2 of the world’s most important yearling auction begins Saturday in Lexington, Ky., at 10 a.m. ET. The Paulick Report is pleased to offer the third of four print newsletters, the PR Special, available here and on the Keeneland sale grounds. […]

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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: ‘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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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Jockeying Through Law School

Law school. Rodeo. Horse racing. These are Cheyanna Patrick’s passions. The 21-year-old spends most of her year at the University of Kentucky’s School of Law, but in the summers she is a well-respected professional Thoroughbred jockey at Indiana Grand. Born into a family of equine enthusiasts, Patrick grew up with a “need for speed.” She […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Will Stars Align For Another Filly In Queen’s Plate?

Catherine Day Phillips traveled across the globe to find her way back home. Canadian born and bred, Day Phillips now trains a string of 25 Thoroughbreds at Woodbine, and will saddle the filly Dixie Moon, winner of the Woobine Oaks, in Saturday’s $1 million Queen’s Plate. “She’s very seasoned for a young horse,” said Day […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Training Horses Is A Life Of Learning’

Trainer Ignacio Correas IV didn’t start out pursuing the American Dream. Neither did last Saturday’s Grade 2 Fleur de Lis Handicap winner, Blue Prize. They both earned their stripes in Argentina before making the move to the United States, where each would have to carve out a new beginning. “I really never thought I would […]

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