Connections

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Crow ‘100 Percent In’ The Game

If first impressions are anything to go by, 30-year-old Liz Crow is off to an auspicious start in the Thoroughbred industry. Authorized to purchase yearlings on her own for the first time in 2016, Crow went searching for bargain buys at the Keeneland September sale with a maximum budget of $100,000. As it turns out, […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Jockey Morales Carves Out Different Path From Predecessors

Puerto Rican jockeys have been making a big impact on North American racing ever since Angel Cordero first threw his leg over a Thoroughbred. Following him were names like John Velazquez, Irad and Jose Ortiz, and Manny Franco, among others. This generation of jockeys had one thing in common: they all attended the state-sponsored jockey […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘If You Work Real Hard, You Get Luckier’

Leonard Green is a man of numbers. The top-level accountant spends his days pouring over dollars and cents, but his 30-plus years in the Thoroughbred industry have taught him that it’s not all about the dollars; it takes sense. “Unlike other owners, I’m not in it to drink champagne; it’s a business,” Green said. “It’s […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Aguilar ‘Never Imagined’ He’d Groom A Champion

For a young boy growing up in Guatemala City, the “American Dream” probably felt like just that, a faraway dream. On Saturday, however, Darwin Aguilar watched his charge Monomoy Girl run into the history books in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff and found himself in awe at the path his life had taken. “I never imagined […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Everyday ‘Passion’ Has Yoshida Ready For Classic

On first glance, what strikes me most are the relative differences between the two women. Physically, one is a head taller and a bit younger, while the other carries herself with a quieter, more unassuming presence. The first has a Swedish accent; the second is American, probably midwestern, if I had to guess. After our […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Chasing Yesterdays And Second Blessings

Chasing Yesterday, the 2-year-old half-sister to Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah, is certainly special to her legion of fans. After watching the homebred Tapit filly earn her first stakes victory at Santa Anita on Sunday, owner Jane Lyon explained the Bob Baffert trainee has a special place in her own heart. “When we started this, […]

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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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