Chelsea Hackbarth, Author at Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘I Don’t Really Care If I Can’t Walk. I Just Want To Ride Racehorses’

This Thanksgiving, I want to bring you an inspirational story that’s a little bit different from this feature’s usual fare. It’s a story about perseverance, about the power of perspective, and above all, about the generosity of the horse racing community. Bryce Bourdieu is a 19-year-old horseman who had been plying his trade in Texas, […]

‘One Of The Great Horses Of All-Time’: Flightline Runs Away With Breeders’ Cup Classic

It was special. Truth be told, the roar of the crowd was louder when Flightline returned to the winner’s circle than it was when he kicked away to an 8 1/4-length victory in this year’s $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic; it was almost like those present needed those minutes to process the performance they’d just […]

‘She Got Her Head Down At The Right Moment’: Malathaat Wins Thriller In Breeders’ Cup Distaff

It was billed as the best race across all of Breeders’ Cup weekend, and Saturday afternoon’s $2 million Distaff certainly did not disappoint. The 1 1/8-mile route evolved into a three-way dogfight at the sixteenth pole between last year’s 3-year-old filly champion Malathaat, Argentine-bred Grade 1-winner Blue Stripe, and Stonestreet’s royally-bred Grade 1 winner Clairiere. […]

‘Just Like A Hollywood Story’: Cody’s Wish Fulfilled In Emotional Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

Emotions ran high in the Keeneland winner’s circle on Saturday after the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. Cody’s Wish, who dominated media stories leading up to the 2022 World Championships due to his special relationship with 16-year-old Cody Dormer, dug deep in late stretch to deliver the victory, defeating Cyberknife by a head. Four years ago, […]

Forte Overhauls Heavy Favorite Cave Rock In Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

Cave Rock was touted as one of the most likely winners on Breeders’ Cup weekend, and indeed, the dual Grade 1-winning 2-year-old colt went off at odds of 2-5 in Friday’s $2 million Juvenile. On the track, however, it was Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable’s Forte who was able to make a big move […]

Mischief Magic Jumpstarts Appleby’s Breeders’ Cup With Last-To-First Victory In Juvenile Turf Sprint

The Breeders’ Cup success of European trainer Charlie Appleby continued in 2022 as the event kicked off at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky. Beginning with the first of 14 championship races, Friday’s Grade 1, $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint, Appleby sent out Godolphin homebred Mischief Magic for a dramatic, come-from behind victory […]

Weekend Lineup Presented By TVG: Future And Present Stars Take Center Stage At Keeneland

So many intriguing questions as the horses prepare to take to the racetrack at Keeneland for the 39th annual Breeders’ Cup world championships. All Breeders’ Cup races will be televised on FanDuel TV (formerly TVG), with the USA Network picking up some of the action on Friday and Saturday afternoon and Saturday’s $6-million Classic broadcast […]

Top 5 Feel-Good Stories You Should Read Before Breeders’ Cup 2022

While the undefeated, unchallenged 4-year-old colt Flightline may be drawing the majority of the headlines for this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland, there are, as always, a number of other compelling stories hidden amongst this year’s contenders. Some of those listed below are race favorites; others may well offer the longest odds in […]

Undefeated Flightline Draws Post Four In Eight-Strong Breeders’ Cup Classic

Undefeated and unchallenged superstar Flightline has drawn post four for this Saturday’s $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, near the center of the eight-strong field for the 1 1/4-mile contest. The 4-year-old son of Tapit was listed at 3-5 on the morning line and will be handled by regular rider Flavien Prat on behalf of trainer […]