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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Kirstenbosch No Garden Variety Homebred For Keith Abrahams

Owner/breeder Keith Abrahams was quietly confident in Kirstenbosch ahead of last weekend’s Grade 3 La Canada Stakes at Santa Anita. The filly, named for a famous botanical garden in Abrahams’ native South Africa, proved his confidence was not misplaced when she won by a nose.  Kirstenbosch became the second homebred graded stakes winner to race […]

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Hampton, 20, Balances Studies With New Role As Jockey Agent

Kyle Hampton, a 20-year-old Louisville native and full-time college student, is currently mastering the act of balancing homework and a new career as a jockey agent for British newcomer Tyler Heard. The two celebrated Heard’s first stateside win the night of Jan. 12 in the sixth race at Charles Town in West Virginia aboard Baytown […]

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: More Derby Dreams Take Root In New Mexico, Iowa

Thirteen and a half years ago, the diminutive bay gelding named Mine That Bird was hauled over 1,000 miles from New Mexico to Churchill Downs by his trainer, Chip Woolley. His 50-1 upset will forever remain a legend in the history of the Kentucky Derby. This year, another trainer from New Mexico could be poised […]

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Cash’s Commitment To Racing Is Through The Roof

Trainer Norman L. “Lynn” Cash won his first graded stakes race in the Oct. 29 Kelso (G2) with 42-1 longshot Double Crown, but it is a starter allowance horse who has really put his fledgling stable on the map.  “I tell people that if I hadn’t claimed Beverly Park, nobody would know who I am,” […]

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, […]

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘We Kept Going And We’re Still Going’

It’s always exciting to have a Grade 1-winning 2-year-old in the barn, but it is perhaps more so when it’s your first graded stakes winner in 11 years and first Grade 1 winner since 1993. “It’s great. We are really, really happy for the people who own this horse,” said trainer Phil Serpe after Leave […]