Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Thankful For ‘Miracles That Defy Science And Logic’

The holiday season is officially upon us, but Sarah MacHarg needs no extra reminders to be thankful this year. She has spent the past six months watching her Thoroughbred gelding Great Minds defy the greatest of odds, overcoming an intra-articular joint infection so severe that most veterinarians suggested he wouldn’t be able to survive. “He […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Recovered From Injury, Geroux On A Roll At Churchill

Jockey Florent Geroux won seven of the sixteen races he rode last week at Churchill Downs, including the Grade 3 River City Handicap with Mr. Misunderstood, recording a remarkable 44% strike rate with his first mounts since recovering from a fractured sternum. The 33-year-old French native was injured in a fall during morning training hours […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: The Phone Call That Won A Breeders’ Cup Race

All trainer Juan Carlos Guerrero wanted was for his colt to be given a fair chance in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. He told jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. not to fight the 3-year-old Spun to Run, a relative longshot at 9-1 odds on Saturday. Ortiz listened to the instructions, and for the second race in […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Accidentally In The Hall Of Fame’

All the Clockers’ Corner regulars know Vince DeGregory, and most stop by his table to say hello on a busy, frigid morning at Santa Anita just before the Breeders’ Cup. The 87-year-old jockey agent takes the time to greet each one by name and shake their hand, but he never loses the rhythm of his […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Size Isn’t Everything When They Run Big

At Thoroughbred sales, size really does matter. Young horses generally need to be at least of average height for their age to attract notice, and those that are particularly diminutive just don’t get as much attention. In the case of the filly Abscond, Jerry Romans, Jr. was willing to overlook her short stature.  He picked […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Emotionally-Charged’ Victory No Minor Feat

Emotion overflowed on the Keeneland turf course Sunday, a result of Peace Achieved’s hard-fought victory in the G3 Dixiana Bourbon Stakes. It was the first time owner Joe Minor had seen his silks enter the winner’s circle for a graded stakes race, but he gave the honor of leading the colt up for the photo […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Cedillo On The Rise In Southern California

Jockey Abel Cedillo’s first Grade 1 win, achieved Sept. 28 aboard Mongolian Groom in the Awesome Again Stakes, wasn’t just a milestone for the 30-year-old from Guatemala. The victory also brought about a sense of validation for his agent, Tom Knust, who brought the rider to the Southern California circuit this summer.  Knust has handled […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: From Barbados To Pennsylvania, Joseph Keeps Building On ‘Potential’

Owner John Fanelli called trainer Saffie Joseph, Jr. on January 31 of this year to ask him about claiming a 3-year-old son of Algorithms for a $25,000 tag at Gulfstream Park. “His numbers were progressively getting better,” Joseph said, “and his dam was a Grade 3 winner over a route of ground, and he had […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Different Balance’ Brings Trainer Gail Cox Full Circle

Trainer Gail Cox has always loved horses, and her childhood memories are filled with images of riding for Sam-Son Farm back when the Canadian operation bred and raised hunter/jumper horses. Today, the farm is better known as a power-house Thoroughbred operation, for which Cox saddled the biggest winner of her career in last Saturday’s Grade […]

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