Connections

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Christina Jelm Has Been There, Done That

When it comes to horses, it’s hard to think of something Christina Jelm hasn’t been involved in. Fox hunting, polo, Saddlebred riding? Check. Thoroughbred trainer, breeder, owner? Yep. Corporate marketing, bloodstock agent, international exporter? You bet. While her childhood in Bath, Ohio (also home to a well-known trainer who comes into the picture later in […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: An Owner With A Flair For ‘Drama’

Even before Sheer Drama’s victory in last Saturday’s $750,000 Delaware Handicap, the 5-year-old Florida-bred mare’s owner and breeder, Harold L. Queen, was looking ahead to the Grade 1 Personal Ensign Handicap at Saratoga on Aug. 29. “That’s one of those Win and You’re In races,” Queen said. “Breeders’ Cup pays all the entry fees ($60,000 […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Ascot Win ‘As Good As It Gets’ For Bell

When Undrafted traveled across the pond for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on the last day of Royal Ascot, bloodstock agent Gatewood Bell made the trip as well. It was worth the long journey. Undrafted came home strongly to beat a talented field of sprinters in yet another win for trainer Wesley Ward at Royal Ascot. The victory […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Seitz Builds Partnerships, Career Foundation

Starting at a young age, Anna Seitz has worked in a variety of areas in the Thoroughbred world: at her family’s Brookdale Farm, with trainer Todd Pletcher, and now with Fasig-Tipton, where she is the client development and public relations manager. Seitz was a junior in college when she realized she wanted to pursue racing […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Rigney Goes ‘All In’ With Racing Venture

Some people have a knack for making life look easy. Louisville-based owner and breeder Richard Rigney might be one of them. His early partnerships in racing found quick success, with a filly winning a Grade 1 and taking second at the Breeders’ Cup and a colt coming home fifth in the Kentucky Derby. The beverage […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: A Head Start For Racehorses

Just an hour east of the sprawling metropolis of Dallas, Texas is Diamond D Ranch, a picturesque home for young Thoroughbreds. For more than three decades, the Dodwell family has had a hand in the early training of racehorses, preparing them for what lies ahead. Diamond D’s training program began in 1981, when founders Ed […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Sweet Success

Pamela Ziebarth had just gotten into buying her own Thoroughbreds at auction when she spotted one she really liked — a bay daughter of Boston Harbor at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale in 2002. The hammer fell at $100,000 for the filly, and Ziebarth was the top bidder. With the help of Berkey Bloodstock, Ziebarth had […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Living The Derby Dream

When jockey agent Brian Beach first joined the racing industry, Hall of Fame rider Bill Shoemaker gave him this bit of advice: “Never get too high on the highs and don’t get too low on the lows, and that’s how you survive.” Beach has always taken that sentiment to heart. Now, after years of hard […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Terranova Reaches ‘Next Chapter’ In Training Career

John Terranova, trainer of Zayat Stables’ El Kabeir in this 141st Kentucky Derby, is in love with Thoroughbred racehorses. It’s a love affair that began when he was just a child. Exposed to the horses owned by his father, John Sr., Terranova fell in love with these majestic creatures when he was 9 years old. […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Crafting A Winning Philosophy

The philosophy at Stoneway Farm in LaGrange, Ky., is that if you’re breeding the product, you better believe in it. And if you believe in it, you should take the time required to protect your investment. It’s a philosophy honed over the past 16 years by owner Jim Stone and his business and life partner, […]

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