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Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: Lindemann Will Never Forget Her First Horse

Lorita Lindemann was a teenager, an innocent, until one moment changed everything. She finished her classes and hurried to Rockingham Park to say goodbye to Federal Sin. “Chestnut gelding. White blaze I will never forget,” said Lindemann, recalling her first horse. She knew the veteran’s racing days were over. The parting was made easier because […]

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Bisha Finds Belonging Starting Cox’s Future Stars

Eleven years ago, Tessa Bisha needed to get away from racing. She was 27 years old and she found herself at a crossroads. She had majored in communications at California Polytechnic University Pomona without completing her degree. She had embarked on the itinerant lifestyle of many race trackers, working as an exercise rider for Bob […]

Kirkpatrick & Co Presents In Their Care: TRF Program Gives Bonds Back Her Mental Health, Purpose

Caroline Bonds planned every detail of her suicide, including payment for her funeral. She was facing a five-year sentence for money laundering. She accepted responsibility for what occurred while insisting she was an unwitting victim of a man she once loved, a man she thought would someday be her husband. She felt the shame associated […]

Kirkpatrick & Co Presents In Their Care: As She Logs Miles Assisting Pletcher, Horses Are Home For DePasquale

Ginny DePasquale never imagined that experience as a well-traveled first-grader would prepare her to play an integral role in trainer Todd Pletcher’s Hall of Fame career. Yet that is what happened. Although DePasquale was born in Philadelphia, she did not remain there long since her father served in the Navy. Her first real introduction to […]

Kirkpatrick & Co Presents In Their Care: The Assistant Trainer With His Own Eclipse Award

Not many assistant trainers have an Eclipse Award to show for their efforts. Darren Fleming does. Steve Asmussen, his boss and an Eclipse winner in 2008 and 2009, ordered replicas made for Fleming and fellow assistant Scott Blasi to emphasize how much each means to the success of his powerhouse barn. The bronze statuette took […]

‘I Know How Bad I Want This’: Keithan Starting Training Career With Grit, Hard Work

Rachael Keithan can feel the skepticism as she tries to establish herself as a female trainer in what remains a male-dominated realm. Keithan, 32, oversees a fledgling operation of seven 2-year-olds. She awakens before dawn and toils until dark as she grooms and feeds them herself due to financial constraints. She does all of this […]

Kirkpatrick & Co Presents In Their Care: Anne And Joe McMahon Celebrate 50 Years Of Raising Good Horses, Staying Close To Nature

McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds has grown exponentially since Anne and Joe McMahon established it with a couple of broodmares in 1971, expanding from 90 to 600 acres that nurture approximately 250 horses. And it all started with Christmas trees. The initial tract of land the newlyweds purchased near Saratoga Race Course was filled with Christmas […]