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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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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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Gulfstream Reports Increased Handle Over Fewer Days During Spring Meet

Gulfstream Park’s Spring meet, which concluded Saturday with the Summit of Speed, set new standards for total and average handle despite six fewer days of racing. Gulfstream’s total handle for the Spring was a record $334 million, up $22 million over 2017. Total handle on the Spring meet has climbed approximately $88 million since 2015. Average daily […]

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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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