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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Accidentally In The Hall Of Fame’

All the Clockers’ Corner regulars know Vince DeGregory, and most stop by his table to say hello on a busy, frigid morning at Santa Anita just before the Breeders’ Cup. The 87-year-old jockey agent takes the time to greet each one by name and shake their hand, but he never loses the rhythm of his […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Making Noise’ For The Horses

Leslie McCall was honored last weekend with a Godolphin Thoroughbred Industry Employee Award in the category “Dedication to Racing,” and trainer Ron Moquett believes there couldn’t be a more accurate description of his eight-year employee. “I have to have people to depend on who will do the right thing by the horse,” Moquett said. “Leslie […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Size Isn’t Everything When They Run Big

At Thoroughbred sales, size really does matter. Young horses generally need to be at least of average height for their age to attract notice, and those that are particularly diminutive just don’t get as much attention. In the case of the filly Abscond, Jerry Romans, Jr. was willing to overlook her short stature.  He picked […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Emotionally-Charged’ Victory No Minor Feat

Emotion overflowed on the Keeneland turf course Sunday, a result of Peace Achieved’s hard-fought victory in the G3 Dixiana Bourbon Stakes. It was the first time owner Joe Minor had seen his silks enter the winner’s circle for a graded stakes race, but he gave the honor of leading the colt up for the photo […]

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More Than A Pinhook: Life Lessons From A Sassy Bay Filly

We walked in to the Keeneland Sales Pavilion with an idea, a little bit of hope, and a lot of bravado. We walked out a little bit wiser, we hope, and with a renewed sense of faith in ourselves. The eight months in between were a heck of a journey. “We both graduated with equine […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: From Barbados To Pennsylvania, Joseph Keeps Building On ‘Potential’

Owner John Fanelli called trainer Saffie Joseph, Jr. on January 31 of this year to ask him about claiming a 3-year-old son of Algorithms for a $25,000 tag at Gulfstream Park. “His numbers were progressively getting better,” Joseph said, “and his dam was a Grade 3 winner over a route of ground, and he had […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Different Balance’ Brings Trainer Gail Cox Full Circle

Trainer Gail Cox has always loved horses, and her childhood memories are filled with images of riding for Sam-Son Farm back when the Canadian operation bred and raised hunter/jumper horses. Today, the farm is better known as a power-house Thoroughbred operation, for which Cox saddled the biggest winner of her career in last Saturday’s Grade […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Boss’ Dictates His Own Schedule At Margaux

Every racehorse is different, and what works for one doesn’t always work for another. Totally Boss, for instance, performs at his best when he splits his time between Margaux Farm and trainer Rusty Arnold’s barn at the track. “He seems to be thriving,” said Jim Hill, who owns the colt and Margaux Farm along with […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Veteran Mazza Navigates His Way To First Graded Win Since 1992

Octogenarian Thoroughbred trainer John Mazza can’t imagine stepping away from the sport he loves, especially when he has an up-and-coming talent in his barn like Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks winner Horologist. On Aug. 17, the 3-year-old daughter of Gemologist defeated champion Jaywalk by three-quarters of a length, making a bold move up the rail of […]

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