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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Nothing Like A Horse That Really Inspires You’

When his second-generation homebred Stitched was beaten almost 32 lengths in his first start, Nathan McCauley could have lost faith in the Mizzen Mast colt.  Instead, assistant trainer Travis Foley called Nathan and urged him not to give up just yet. “I was thinking, ‘Okay, what’s the cheapest maiden claiming race they run at the […]

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Kitodan Goes From Claim To Fame For Foster

When a trainer drops a claim on a horse, it’s done with the expectation that the runner will at least make their money back and hopefully earn a few trips to the winner’s circle. Kitodan put trainer Eric Foster on the fast track to that goal on June 4, when he closed like lightning to […]

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: World Traveler, Female Jockey Michel Will Prove She Belongs At Churchill

French-born jockey Mickaëlle Michel will have her first U.S. ride this Thursday at Churchill Downs, named aboard a 20-1 shot in the featured turf allowance race for trainer Graham Motion.  The 26-year-old made the move to Kentucky after more than four years winning races in six different countries, including on the dirt in Japan, because […]

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: First Time’s The Charm For Henley Farms

It may be a bit early to get excited about a potential Kentucky Derby horse, especially one that has yet to start in a graded stakes race.  When it’s an undefeated colt who has won each of his two starts by five or more lengths, however, and he’s also the first foal ever born on […]

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘I Love Them Like They’re My Own’

Horses are instinctively drawn to assistant trainer Julie Clark, looking to her for reassurance and guidance as she oversees their training and care on behalf of trainer Keith Desormeaux. Her quiet, firm hands have helped to guide the likes of Preakness winner Exaggerator and Breeders’ Cup winner Texas Red, and soon she’ll head to Churchill […]