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Breeders Cup 2018

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18 BREEDERS' CUP #BC18 Just as the Breeders' Cup has renewed and changed the World Championship races over the years while keeping a focus on the traditions and pageantry of horse racing, so has the oroughbred industry con- tinued to develop innovative practices on how to breed, train and race horses. Each generation brings new ideas to the farm and the track, while relying on the expertise and knowledge of those who came before them. In the brief interviews that follow, we asked some of the "next generation" horsemen and horsewomen to talk about their back- grounds and their current roles in the world of or- oughbred racing. It's clear by the deep family ties that introduced them to the horse world, as well as the depth of knowl- edge they possess at a young age, that the future of the oroughbred industry is in good hands. ON DECK A new generation of horsemen and women are on track By Jenny Kiefer What is your earliest racing memory? Spending mornings on the backside and barns at Keeneland, Belmont, Saratoga and Gulfstream Park What is your role now? I work at Keene- land in their sales department. My responsibilities include domestic and international buyer recruitment, horse recruitment for our auctions as well being the liaison between our sales and marketing teams here at Keeneland. I also help with whatever is needed per- taining to the sales and also to racing. What is your family's background in rac- ing? My father is a trainer, my mother was a trainer and exercise rider, my brother is my father's training assistant and my uncle is a trainer as well. What do you look for in a yearling? What would you look for in a two year old? Size. Scope. Correctness. Mental acuity. Smooth walk. Athleticism. Luck. What does horse racing mean to you? Horse racing is my life. I don't want to have to go out and find a real job when I can be doing what I love here at Keeneland. What new things are happening at Keene- land? As we speak now we are getting ready for our busiest time of the year starting with our September Yearling Sale — the biggest yearling sale in the world. We will follow that with our Oc- tober race meet then get ready to cheer on our sales and racing graduates in the Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs. Immediately after that we will play host to the largest and most important breeding stock sale in the world at our November Sale. en we cap off the sales season with our January Sale. Nev- er a dull moment here at Keeneland. Chip McGaughey 32, Lexington, Ky., Sales Associate at Keeneland Britney Eurton 30, Los Angeles Host and reporter What is your role? I work full time for TVG, a horse racing network. It covers racing not only in North America but around the world as well. I also work part time for NBC for their Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup Challenge coverage. But I'm primarily a reporter for TVG. I'll flip-flop between hosting and reporting. What's your family's background in racing? My father is a horse trainer and has been for over 35 years. Southern California is his main circuit. It's been a pretty remarkable seven or eight years for him. He had his first Breeders' Cup starter in 2011 at Chur- chill. His first graded stakes winner was a filly that went to the Breeders' Cup. Since then, he has had his own Breeders' Cup winner: He won in 2016 with a horse named Champagne Room. Your earliest memory of racing? Some of my favorite moments were when I would go to the track with my dad in the morning and just walk back and forth from the barn to the track in Santa Anita, grab some breakfast, and then come back . . . I remember petting the horses and feeding them carrots.. What's one of the more interesting stories you've reported on or followed? I got to spend a lot of time with (Eclipse award-winner) Beholder and Richard Mandella and the whole team. It's pretty remark- able to see what he does and how he managed her campaign to become only the second thorough- bred to win a Grade 1 stakes race at two, three, four, five and six. For the TVG Pacific Classic, I was set to be on Beholder watch. I spent most of the time at the barn. To win by nine lengths, to become the first female to win the TVG Pacific Classic in itself was a really enjoyable moment for me as a reporter. Do you have a favorite Breeders' Cup race? I'm most excited to see the Distaff because there's so much girl power. ere are some really powerful females and to see them all match up against each other on Saturday will be one of the most remarkable races of the two days.

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