Connections

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Turning Left Into A Bright Future?

For as long as she can remember, 32-year-old Kelsey Danner has been making left turns. It began in her father’s barns at Churchill Downs and Oaklawn Park, scrubbing buckets and leading Thoroughbred racehorses around and around the shed row before school each morning. As she got older, she graduated to riding those same racehorses along […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Edwards Looks Back On Career Of Asking Right Questions

It all started with a question. Throughout her career at ESPN, Jeannine Edwards has learned the greatest stories often begin with the ability to ask the right question. The award-winning reporter may be best-known for covering the sidelines of college football games, but she got her start as a Thoroughbred racing analyst. Edwards’ love affair […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: San Luis Rey Horse Rescuer Leo Tapia ‘Rich In Heart’

“Algunos son pobres de dinero pero ricos de corazon.” It means: some people are poor in money, but rich in heart. Leo Tapia shared that quote on his Facebook wall earlier this week, and while he wasn’t referring to himself, the symbolism could not have been more accurate. A groom at San Luis Rey Downs, […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Finding The ‘Opportunity’ In A Changing Landscape

His name carries the weight of four generations of horsemen, and it rings out in the Thoroughbred industry just like the names of horses he has worked with: Barbaro, Street Sense, Havre de Grace, Artie Schiller, and Keeper Hill, just to name a few. During the closing weekend at Del Mar, however, Headley Bell’s name […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: The Colors That Make A Good Horse

At age 63, Mike Ryan might be having his best year yet. The bloodstock agent not only co-bred the 2017 Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming with 30-year business partner Gerry Dilger, but he also picked out the Preakness winner Cloud Computing from the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. At the Breeders’ Cup this fall, Ryan’s yearling […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Carroll Embraces ‘Inspirational’ Role With Team Casse

It takes a strong person to pursue his dreams, but it takes an even stronger person to set aside those dreams and put his family first. David Carroll has lived on both sides of that coin. Over the course of a 24-year training career which began in 1992, Carroll demonstrated strong horsemanship and a straightforward […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Team Glyshaw Overcomes Odds With Emotional Canadian International Victory

A bouquet of balloons was waiting by his stall when Canadian International winner Bullards Alley returned to Churchill Downs Monday evening. Grounded by a full bag of Red Delicious apples, the balloons represent just how precious this 5-year-old gelding has become to trainer Tim Glyshaw’s small stable. Bullards Alley is Glyshaw’s first Grade 1 winner, […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Brotherly Love And The Woodford Longshot

It was a photograph on the Internet which first drew Harlan Malter to trainer Tim Glyshaw’s barn. Depicting the trainer laying in the straw and cuddling with his stable star, top Indiana-bred earner Unreachable Star, the photo instantly told Malter everything he wanted to know. “It’s a macho industry, horse racing,” Malter said. “How many […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Roping ‘White-Tails’ In Montana On Bolt d’Oro

One of the stories floating around this fall’s Thoroughbred sales was about the guy who took a green-broke, $630,000 yearling colt out deer hunting in the Montana wilderness. It’s not entirely true. But ask Ike Green about taking dual Grade 1-winner and likely Breeders’ Cup Juvenile favorite Bolt d’Oro on a hunting expedition, and he […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: The ‘Serious’ 2-Year-Old From Canterbury Park?

It’s a good thing racehorses can’t read the program. When 2-year-old filly Amy’s Challenge walks into Keeneland’s paddock next weekend, she won’t have seen the high-priced, fashionable pedigrees of her competitors, nor will she have seen the prestigious names of some of the country’s top owners and trainers. She’ll just know she’s there to run. […]

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