Connections

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Veteran Mazza Navigates His Way To First Graded Win Since 1992

Octogenarian Thoroughbred trainer John Mazza can’t imagine stepping away from the sport he loves, especially when he has an up-and-coming talent in his barn like Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks winner Horologist. On Aug. 17, the 3-year-old daughter of Gemologist defeated champion Jaywalk by three-quarters of a length, making a bold move up the rail of […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Glatt Homecoming King On Longacres Mile Day

The winner’s circle was filled to bursting with locally-grown family and friends after Sunday’s Grade 3 Longacres Mile at Emerald Downs in Auburn, Wash., in which trainer Mark Glatt saddled Law Abidin Citizen to victory. Glatt was raised in the Evergreen State, as was his father, Ron Glatt, a former leading trainer at the now-defunct […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: The Search For A ‘Lebron James’ Yearling

Like all good Louisvillians, Josh Stevens was taught how to celebrate the first Saturday in May. There are parties to be held, heaping piles of delicious food, light-hearted wagering pools between family and friends, and any number of smartly coordinated dresses and bow ties befitting the occasion. Every year Stevens would join his family around […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Mother And Son ‘Success Story’ At Saratoga

Here’s one you don’t see every day: A 7-year-old mare and her 2-year-old son are running on the same card this Wednesday at Saratoga.  Both Enthusiastic Gal (Race 9) and Get Set (Race 6) are owned by breeder Joseph Imbesi and trained by Steve Klesaris. “It’s a quite a coincidence that they land on the […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Lessons From ‘The Deep End’

Jack Sisterson has been out on his own for about a year training for the legendary Calumet Farm, but he had a first last weekend when he sent out stakes winners at two different tracks. Bandua captured the G3 Arlington Handicap as the favorite in Chicago on Saturday, and Lexitonian put up an 18-1 shocker […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Arnold Has ‘Stood The Test Of Time’

Consistency and tradition are two of the pillars on which George “Rusty” Arnold’s training stable has been built, and they are also two of the reasons that he has been in business for 40 years. Concrete Rose’s domination of last Saturday’s Belmont Oaks gave Arnold his first Grade 1 win in 2019 and had the […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Most People Aren’t As Fortunate As Us’

Last-to-first bursts seem to be a theme for Michael Trombetta trainees this week. On Saturday, David Palmer’s Wet Your Whistle stepped up to capture the Grade 1 Highlander Stakes at Woodbine, his fourth win in a row. Then on Thursday, Live Oak Plantation’s Triple Crown contender Win Win Win followed suit with a switch to […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘It’s Like Watching Your Family Compete In Sports’

First and foremost, Bob Hess, Jr. didn’t grow up passionate about horse racing. He was simply a little boy who idolized his father, Bob Hess, Sr., and would do anything to spend time with dad. The elder Hess, who turns 85 this year, has been training racehorses since the 1960s and is still active in […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Family, Friends Take Foley To The Top

Though she loved growing up around the racetrack with her father and her three younger siblings, Vickie Foley wasn’t ready to commit to the lifestyle full-time after high school. She and her siblings had hot-walked and groomed in Michigan and Ohio during the summers, helping their father earn multiple leading trainer titles at River Downs […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Nexus Provides ‘A Newer Concept In Racing’

Horse racing executives have long been sitting in dusty board rooms trying to envision new ways to broaden the sport’s reach to include a younger generation of fans, but 20-somethings Dare Sutton and Sam Bussanich were a step ahead with an idea birthed in 2016. Neither grew up in racing, however, and the prohibitive costs […]

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