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Well Defined’s Davis Win ‘A Big Team Effort’ For Local Connections

The celebration at the Kathleen O’Connell Racing Stables barn was relatively subdued after Saturday’s Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes victory by Well Defined at Tampa Bay Downs. But it continued into Sunday afternoon, as well-wishers paid heartfelt tribute to the 3-year-old Florida-bred gelding, his trainer and her staff. Paula Bacon, the agent for […]

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Florida-Bred Well Defined Steals Sam Davis With Frontrunning 7-1 Upset

Stonehedge LLC’s homebred Well Defined earned a chance to compete in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile after a win in the Florida-bred Stakes at Gulfstream Park, but wound up finishing 12th after an awkward start and being checked at the five-sixteenths pole. The 3-year-old gelded son of With Distinction came back in January to run fifth […]

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Florida-Bred Stakes Winner Well Defined ‘Doing Super,’ Aimed At Mucho Macho Man

Stonehedge homebred stakes winner Well Defined exited his first career off-the-board finish in good order and could launch his sophomore season in the $100,000 Mucho Macho Man Stakes on New Year’s Day. The one-mile Mucho Macho Man kicks off Gulfstream’s series of races for 3-year-olds leading up to the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) March […]

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Stormy Embrace Looking For Improvement Off Breeders’ Cup With G3 Sugar Swirl Bid

Matalona Thoroughbreds’ Florida homebred Stormy Embrace, whose multiple stakes wins include the Breeders’ Cup-qualifying Princess Rooney (G2) this summer, goes after her first win since then in Saturday’s $100,000 Sugar Swirl (G3) at Gulfstream Park. The 37th running of the six-furlong Sugar Swirl and 40th renewal of the $100,000 Rampart (G3) at one mile, both for fillies […]

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Juvenile: Mike Smith Confirmed On O’Connell Trained Well Defined

Trainer Kathleen O’Connell is employing the same philosophy with Breeders’ Cup candidates Well Defined and Stormy Embrace that has been the foundation of a 2000-win career – doing things her way. O’Connell reported Thursday that Well Defined, a candidate for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), and Stormy Embrace, who holds a fees-paid ‘Win & You’re […]

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Well Defined Easiest Of Winners In Florida Sire Stakes In Reality

Well Defined parlayed an easy early lead into an easy victory in the $400,000 In Reality Division of the 2018 Florida Sire Stakes series Saturday at Gulfstream Park, providing Stonehedge LLC’s Gil Campbell and trainer Kathleen O’Connell with their 11th victories in the series for juveniles sired by stallions standing in Florida. “I don’t keep […]

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Kathleen O’Connell Scores Career Win No. 2,000 At Delaware Park

Trainer Kathleen O’Connell notched career victory 2,000 at Delaware Park on Wednesday.  The milestone win came in the sixth race when Charlie Runion’s homebred Wishful Quality won her debut by a head in a $34,000 maiden event. The 2-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Exclusive Quality was ridden by Hector Rafael Diaz, Jr. and returned $53.80 as […]

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Seeking 2,000 Wins: ‘Perseverance Pays’ For Trainer Kathleen O’Connell

Trainer Kathleen O’Connell is on the verge of saddling the 2000th winner of an enduring career marked by consummate horsemanship, unwavering perseverance, a steadfast work ethic and, most of all, a staunch dedication to her horses. “There’s an old saying: ‘There’s something about the outside of a horse that’s good for the inside of a man.’  It’s very, […]

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Stormy Embrace Prepping For Filly & Mare Sprint In Gulfstream’s Sheer Drama Stakes

Matalona Thoroughbreds’ Stormy Embrace, who earned a fees-paid berth in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) at Churchill Downs Nov. 3 in her most recent start, is scheduled to seek her fourth straight triumph in Saturday’s $100,000 Sheer Drama Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Trained by Kathleen O’Connell, the 4-year-old daughter of […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Blue Collar’ O’Connell Embraces New Goals

Imagine you’re an 18-year-old girl in Detroit in the late 1960s. It’s your senior year of high school, where you’ve accumulated a 3.8 GPA and are in the top 15 percent of your class. You have four years of 4-H and any number of after-school sports on your resume. Your dream is to go to […]

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