Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Promising Filly Evokes Memories Of ‘Alex’

When 3-year-old filly Cathryn Sophia loaded into the gate for last month’s Forward Gal Stakes at Gulfstream Park, owner Chuck Zacney could hardly bear to watch. “I actually closed my eyes prior to the start, and I was just waiting for the call of the race,” he said. When Zacney didn’t hear his filly’s name […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: The ‘Wild Ride’ Of An Outrider

As outrider John Garges helped slow down American Pharoah following the colt’s eight-length romp in the Arkansas Derby last year, the outrider asked jockey Victor Espinoza: “Well, do you think he could go a little farther?” “I hope so,” said Espinoza. The pair turned around, and Garges kept ahold of the colt for the journey […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Collected’s Roots Are Strong At Runnymede

On a recent wintertime walk alongside a paddock of mares, Brutus Clay gestured to a group of blue ash trees on his Runnymede Farm near Paris, Ky. The sturdy specimens, like many things on the property, are older than the state they reside in, having sprouted three or four centuries ago. As the latest in […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Carrying A ‘Banner’ For The Backstretch Melting Pot

The racetrack has a way of bringing people together across cultures and across miles. “We’ve got just about every country in America on the backside. That’s the racetrack,” said Stanley Gold. Gold, trainer of Grade 3 Hutcheson Stakes winner Awesome Banner, should know all about the draw of the racetrack—he logged thousands of miles on […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Thinking Small Works Just Fine For Ron Moquett

One day a fellow trainer overheard Ron Moquett telling a prospective owner, “sorry I can’t take any more horses.” The flummoxed trainer pulled Moquett aside and asked him why in the world he would say no to somebody who wanted to hire him. “The trainer told me that the best horse they ever had was […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Liking The Sound Of It

In the music industry, superstars don’t come along that often, and being able to spot a budding star before anyone else is a rare and coveted skill. Sound familiar? After decades of experience with a record company and a lifetime at the racetrack, owner/breeder Stewart Madison has a unique understanding of the similarities between both […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: The Chiropractor Behind Chiropractor

Dr. Garry Dulgar has gotten a lot of attention since Chiropractor won the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby, but he’s not exactly basking in the limelight. Dulgar, who is both a human and equine chiropractor, became the inspiration for naming the gelding after he played an integral role in bringing the horse back from an injury […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Such Sweet Dedication

The Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland was full of exciting moments and unique stories, but some of the best were the ones that never made the headlines. I was in Lexington for Breeders’ Cup week and spent the majority of my waking hours at Keeneland. On Sunday morning after the two-day championships had concluded, an endless […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Stormy Lucy Has Stretch Drive And Sharp Teeth

Trainer Ed Moger, Jr. admitted that he couldn’t be totally shocked when 6-year-old trainee Stormy Lucy entered the Grade 1 Matriarch gates at odds of 65-1. After all, it was a full field of good horses. “She’s a really talented horse. There are several of [her past] races she could’ve won with a better trip,” […]

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