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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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: An Eye For The Athlete

Donato Lanni is on a roll. Last year it was Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern, a son of Offlee Wild the Canadian-born bloodstock agent picked out of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale for $320,000 on behalf of Kaleem Shah. A year earlier it was Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Secret Circle, an Eddington colt […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Growing Grapes And Winners

Growing up on a ranch in Bakersfield, Calif., in the 1960’s, Kosta Hronis and his brother Pete never dreaded the frequent two-hour drive to visit their grandparents. After all, they lived five blocks from Santa Anita Park, where in hindsight, Kosta became a racetrack lifer at the tender age of five. “We were always the […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Barbados ‘The Type Of Horse You Look For’

Last November, an impressive maiden-breaking juvenile by Speightstown went through the auction ring at Keeneland; the hammer fell at $340,000. The colt, Barbados, has won both of his subsequent starts – a pair of stakes races at Gulfstream Park – for new owner Paul Hanifl. “On the racetrack, he’s just level-headed, moves real nice, and to me, he’s […]

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