Connections

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Vincent Viola Mixes Business Sense, Passion

Vincent Viola didn’t get on the Forbes 400 list by being one-dimensional. The self-made e-trading mogul believes that both business and sports come down to an artful balance of a black-and-white plan — and zeal. It’s an approach that has worked for him in the stock market and on the racetrack. The son of a […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Derby Dreams Inch Closer For Albaugh

During last year’s Keeneland September Yearling Sale, a front-page story in a newsletter published by the Paulick Report focused on a significant new buyer at the auction, Dennis Albaugh, under the headline, “A New Player With Big Dreams.” Just over a year later, some of those dreams are beginning to come true. In Saturday’s $500,000 […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Hinkle Farms Proves A Stayer In Breeding Business

In the difficult industry of Thoroughbred breeding, maintaining success over time usually requires wise spending habits, thoughtful decision-making, and a keen eye for potential others might not see. Hinkle Farms has embraced and honed that approach for many years, with results to back it up. “We’re looking for mares that come from good producing families with […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Justin Stein’s Most Unusual Life

Young Elias Stein, pushing five years old, has urgent advice for his father, Justin: “Use the green stick, dad,” he says. And then the questions always come: “Did you win a race with it? Did you use the green stick?” Yes, Justin Stein used that green stick to win the Queen’s Plate at Woodbine racetrack […]

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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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