Connections

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Stories From The Good Ol’ Days

Marilyn Montavon is chock-full of horse racing stories, and none of them are typical – then again, neither is the horsewoman everyone knows as “Fefe.” Her stories rarely have a well-defined beginning, middle or ending. She’s a bit rough around the edges. One story will blend into another several times over before it rolls back […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Douglas Sharing ‘All The Tools’ With Next Generation

Former jockey Rene Douglas admits he “wasn’t doing much” after the 2009 accident that stole the use of his legs. The emotional toll must have been indescribable. In a split second, he went from a leading rider and winner of nearly 3,600 races to being paralyzed from the chest down.  Through more than six months […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Jockey Camacho Stays Humble Heading To The ‘Big Time’

Growing up in Venezuela, Samy Camacho played baseball alongside most of the other young boys.  “I’m so small, you know, so I can’t keep doing that,” said Camacho, 30, now a professional jockey based at Tampa Bay Downs. Camacho still has connections to baseball through Venezuela. His best friend, Carlos “Cookie” Carrasco, is a pitcher […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: From Life-Threatening Accident To Meah’s ‘Most Gratifying Win’ 

There wasn’t a dry eye in the winner’s circle after last Sunday’s sixth race at Santa Anita Park. The first horse across the wire may have been just a $16,000 claimer, but a serious accident last summer left the odds stacked against Vallestina; trainer Anna Meah wasn’t sure the mare would survive to be retired, […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Major Fed Ignites New Derby Dreams For Foley Family

Greg Foley and Lloyd Madison Farms have felt the Kentucky Derby fever once before. In 2003 Champali qualified for the main field of the Run for the Roses, but the son of Glitterman was more of a miler type. After a second-place finish in the G3 Derby Trial, the colt was aimed at the Preakness […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Brought Together By ‘Canada, Hockey And Horses’

Growing up in Windsor, Ontario, there were two main passions for Timothy Faubert and his friends: hockey and horse racing. Fifty years later the group of eight still relishes the passion of a good hockey game, and in the past three years they’ve also enjoyed a very successful Thoroughbred racing venture in partnership with Hill […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: All-Around Horsewoman Tarrant Celebrates With Thousand Words

Talented 3-year-old colt Thousand Words seems to have an uncanny knack for knowing exactly how fast he needs to run to hit the wire first. The son of Pioneerof the Nile is undefeated in three career starts, but his largest margin of victory is the three-quarters of a length by which he won last Saturday’s […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘When I Win, Everybody Wins’

Upon learning of his nomination for the 2020 George Woolf Memorial Award, which recognizes riders whose careers and personal character garner esteem for the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred racing, jockey Luis Quinones found himself feeling overwhelmed. “I don’t know how to explain how it makes me feel,” Quinones said. “There’s a lot of […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Patience Pays Off With Sadler’s Joy

The fifth choice on the morning line at 8-1, Pegasus World Cup Turf entrant Sadler’s Joy may be a solid price play on Saturday afternoon. The 7-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy has been extremely sharp in his morning training, according to co-owner and breeder Lauren Woolcott, and he is coming off a confidence-building win in […]

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