Chelsea Hackbarth

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘I Never Thought I’d Have The Horse’

The number of trainers who can strike with 34 percent of their runners during a meet is very small, and far smaller for those who can accomplish such a feat at Saratoga. And yet, that’s exactly what Charlton Baker did this year, winning with 10 of his 29 entrants at the Spa. “Definitely I would […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Bear-ing Down On Another Breeders’ Cup

At 21 years of age, Danny Dion didn’t speak a word of English. The French Canadian from Quebec had just left home and hitchhiked with a friend all the way across Canada to Alberta, a distance of nearly 2500 miles, only to find himself working his way through the winter on a small farm building […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Sophie Doyle All About Hard Work

When Fioretti crossed the finish line first in Saturday’s $100,000 Open Mind Stakes, the tangible excitement in the air at Churchill Downs wasn’t just due to the mare’s 14-1 odds. Nor was the excitement entirely due to the fact that it was the Anthony Hamilton trainee’s first win in nearly a year. The excitement dancing […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Practical Joke ‘Carrying’ Whispering Oaks To New Heights

“As much weight as he was carrying coming down the lane, with all of us riding him,” joked Keith Crupper, “it’s really extra impressive how he got up to win!” Crupper, who operates Whispering Oaks Farm in partnership with his brother, Allen, was referring to 2-year-old colt Practical Joke’s late-running victory in Saratoga’s Hopeful Stakes […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Venezuelan ‘Cyclone’ Stirs Up California’s Jockey Standings

He may not speak much English, but jockey Santiago Gonzalez’ perennially smiling face doesn’t require a translator to be understood across the Californian racing scene. His race riding skills don’t require a translator, either. The Venezuelan native has made a big splash on the Californian circuit, appearing from seemingly out of nowhere in December of […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Trainer Drury Stays Grounded In ‘Full Circle’ Life

When multiple graded stakes-winning millionaire Departing entered Tommy Drury’s barn for the first time, the 45-year-old trainer figured the most important thing he could do for the horse was to “try to stay out of his way.” The strategy appears to be working. Making his first start for the Kentucky native last Saturday, Departing won the […]

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Thank You, Readers: Eight Years Strong And Still Growing

Eight years ago this week, an out-of-work horse racing journalist and a former stage actor and Starbucks barista launched a humble website that hoped to find a niche in the Thoroughbred world. From the beginning, the Paulick Report set out to accomplish two things: 1) cover as much news as possible by linking to existing […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Alexander Feeling ‘Lucky’ With Homebred Enola Gray

In talking with California breeder Nick Alexander, you’d never know that he’s an entirely self-made man. He comes across as humble, pragmatic, and occasionally even self-deprecating. His success, however, both in the business realm and the Thoroughbred industry, lends itself to a more impressive evaluation. Thirty-five years ago, Alexander negotiated a bargain-bottom price on a […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Wild’ Bullards Alley Rewards Glyshaw’s Patience

He may be a bit blunt, often sarcastic, and disparagingly enough in Kentucky, an avid Indiana University fan, but Tim Glyshaw is a trainer that takes time to understand and appreciate each of the horses in his barn. Moments after achieving his long-time goal of winning a graded stakes race, Glyshaw took to Facebook to […]

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