My Breeders’ Cup Presented By Woodbine

My Breeders’ Cup Presented By Woodbine: ‘A Wonderful Time Of My Life’

As the world championships at Keeneland arrive Friday and Saturday, it seems fitting to wrap up our series My Breeders’ Cup with Ted Bassett. Bassett not only served as a leading figure at Keeneland for decades, he was also president of the Breeders’ Cup from 1988 to 1996. Bassett, who turned 94 this week, still […]

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My Breeders’ Cup Presented By Woodbine: Victory ‘For America’

The 2001 Breeders’ Cup in New York will forever be one of the most poignant moments in the event’s history. The world championships took place a dozen miles from Ground Zero, six weeks after the terrorist attacks of September 11th. In the races leading up to the finale, horses based overseas had dominated, leaving America […]

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My Breeders’ Cup Presented By Woodbine: A Woman’s Touch

It’s been said that working horses is a little like being married: Sometimes you need to adapt. When trainer John Ward saw that his 3-year-old filly, Beautiful Pleasure, wasn’t living up to her potential during the 1998 racing season, he had the foresight to change things up. He handed the reins to his wife. As […]

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My Breeders’ Cup Presented By Woodbine: White Lightning

When it comes to the 2-year-old Breeders’ Cup races, there isn’t much time to figure out whether your horse stacks up against world class competition. The horse might run its first-ever race in late summer or early fall; then the Breeders’ Cup is just around the corner. In 2011, the connections of one Juvenile contender had […]

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My Breeders’ Cup Presented By Woodbine: At Least The Filly Had Her Running Shoes

For Benny Bell Williams, the 1987 Breeders’ Cup ended with bloody, blistered feet. But she couldn’t have cared less. “I caught the red eye to come back,” Williams recalled. “But I didn’t need the airplane to get home, I just kind of floated.” The victory by her homebred filly, Epitome, earlier that day cured all […]

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My Breeders’ Cup Presented By Woodbine: No Higher Stakes

There couldn’t have been more on the line for Arthur Hancock III heading into the 1989 Breeders’ Cup Classic. Not only would second place likely fall short of saving his troubled farm and his family’s financial future, but his colt was matched against a foe with connections that represented a personal rivalry. Such a backdrop […]

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