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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 […]

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Commitment To Learning Paying Off For Upstart Trainer Lindsay Schultz

Connecticut native Lindsay Schultz wasn’t exactly sure what her future held when she arrived in Louisville, Ky., as a college student. Enrolled in the Equine Industry Program at the University of Louisville, Schultz knew only that she liked horses. Aside from that, she was willing to be open to where the experience would take her. […]

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Young Trainer O’Connor Has ‘Clear Vision’ Of His Future

On Jan. 8, 2022, less than two years since he sent out his first starter as an independent Thoroughbred trainer, Matthew Brice O’Connor found himself in the Gulfstream Park winner’s circle with Clear Vision. The 6-year-old Artie Schiller gelding had bested his competition going one mile on the grass in the Tropical Turf Stakes (G3T), […]

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: From Quarter Horses To Thoroughbreds, 17-Year-Old Herrera Is Off And Running

Several months ago, agent Derek Lawson told his new apprentice jockey he’d had a great idea for a double: the All-American Futurity and the Kentucky Derby, the premier races for Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds, respectively. “At that time it was just blowing smoke, but now it doesn’t seem as far-fetched,” Lawson said. Diego Herrera, just […]

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘I Was Born For This’

John Hiraldo began learning how to ride horses just three short years ago, but today the 20-year-old is a leading candidate for the Eclipse Award as North America’s outstanding apprentice jockey of 2021.  The Puerto Rican-born Hiraldo had always wanted to be a jockey like his father, cousin, and uncle, but his mother took a […]

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Younger McGaughey ‘Has A Real Passion’ For The Horses

Less than two full years after striking out on his own, trainer Reeve McGaughey is keeping the family name alive and well by sending his first graded stakes winner across the wire at Aqueduct Racetrack. A homebred for Gainesway Stable (Antony Beck) and Andrew Rosen, 3-year-old Bees and Honey (by Union Rags) sailed clear of […]