kathleen o’connell

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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Stormy Embrace Speeds To Princess Rooney Upset At Gulfstream Park

Giving jockey Wilmer Garcia his first graded stakes triumph, Matalona Thoroughbreds’ homebred filly Stormy Embrace ran away from the field in Saturday’s Grade 2 Princess Rooney Stakes at Gulfstream Park, taking the seven-furlong Breeders’ Cup Challenge race for the Filly & Mare Sprint division by six lengths for trainer Kathleen O’Connell. The 4-year-old Florida-bred daughter […]

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O’Connell Picks Up 10th Title As Leading Trainer Of Florida-Breds

Two-time champion Tampa Bay Downs trainer Kathleen O’Connell was among the honorees at Monday’s Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association’s Awards Banquet and Gala, held at the Circle Square Cultural Center Ballroom in Ocala. O’Connell was recognized as the Leading Trainer of Florida-breds by wins for the 10th time and as the Leading Trainer of […]

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Gallardo Rides Five Winners Friday At Tampa Bay Downs

Trainer Kathleen O’Connell had a hard time expressing her admiration for jockey Antonio Gallardo’s performance after he completed his five-victory effort today with a six-and-a-quarter length victory aboard her 3-year-old Florida-bred gelding Real Fast Music in today’s eighth race at Tampa Bay Downs. “What can you say about that?” said O’Connell, who has been instrumental […]

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Increased Purses Draw 122 Nominations To Tampa’s Florida Cup Series

An increase of $150,000 in purse money and a switch to Sunday are among the changes for the 15th annual Florida Cup, which will be held on April 2 at Tampa Bay Downs. What hasn’t changed is the overall quality of the nominations for the series of six stakes races, each of which features registered […]

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