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20 BREEDERS' CUP #BC18 Biggest career wins? Our farm, Airdrie Stud, has had the absurdly good fortune to win the Kentucky Oaks in 2008, 2012 and 2015. We bred a filly named Caressing that won the 2000 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies but have never raced a Breeders' Cup winner in our own silks — here's hoping we can't make that statement too much longer! Any horses in the 2018 Breeders' Cup? We co-bred (with WinStar Farm) a very nice horse named Pavel. He certainly has the look of a logical candidate for the Grade 1 $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic, having already won the Grade 1 Ste- phen Foster Handicap — a Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" race — at this year's venue, Churchill Downs. What is your earliest racing memory? I remember my father coming home from a trip with a giant blanket of flowers that one of our horses had won. As best I can remember, it was from the 1985 Oaklawn Handicap. I was five years old and I remember well what a great celebration it was. It was very obvious, even at that young age, that winning a big horse race was an awful lot of fun. What do you look for in a yearling? In a two-year-old? Strength, athleticism, balance and intelligence. Like all judgements in life, everyone has different tastes and opinions, which is fitting for a business where the best can come in all shapes and sizes. What do you look for in breeding horses? Pedigree obviously plays the most critical role in choosing matings, but you also give focus to the physical makeup of both the stallion and mare, as you're always trying to produce the best looking foal possible. Were there any moments when you knew a horse would be a good racer? e very first horse we ever sent Larry Jones — the trainer responsible for so many of the best days we've ever had — was a filly named Proud Spell. We hadn't heard a whole lot about the filly until we called Larry the morning of her first start. When we asked him how she was going to run, he said very matter-of-factly, "She's going to win." Larry was right that day and she went on to be the best horse we've ever raced. What is your family's background in racing? My father was born and raised in a very small town called Point Pleasant, West Virginia. rough no fault of Point Pleasant's or really anyone in his family, he decided at a very young age that he wanted to raise and race horses in Kentucky. He and my mother started Airdrie Stud in the early 1970s. I'm very fortunate that I got bit by the same bug. Horses will always be my life and I couldn't feel luckier to be able to do what I love. Bret Jones 38, Lexington, Ky. Bloodstock services for Airdrie Stud; Breeders' Cup board of directors What are your biggest career wins? Global Glamour won the Group 1 Flight Stakes at Royal Randwick (in Australia) and just a week later won the Group 1 ousand Guineas at Caulfield (Australia). Unreal! What is your current role? My main job is client develop- ment at Fasig-Tipton. I recruit buyers to come to our horse auctions and buy and sell horses with us. On the side, I help manage multiple racing syndicates, including It's All About the Girls which now has horses in three different countries. We try to bring new women into the sport by showing them a fun, educational experience based around horse ownership. What is your family's background in racing? My father, Fred Seitz, started Brookdale Farm in Versailles, Ky., about 40 years ago. My oldest brother, Joe, runs Brookdale Sales and is the current president of the Consignors and Commercial Breeders Association, and my other brother, Fred Jr., is the general manager of Brookdale Farm. My two sisters own pieces of horses with us so it's definitely a family affair. Are there any moments where you knew a horse would be good? I will always remember our first horse we ever bought, I'm Already Sexy. She was in training with Wayne Catalano and we were watching her breeze one morning. ey say you don't really know what you have until they go 5/8 (of a mile), but I think she worked three furlongs in :34 and change one morning and we kind of knew we had some- thing after that. She didn't appear that she was going that fast which is what you like to see. She ended up winning three Grade 3 races and racked up $750,000-plus in purse earnings. What is your earliest racing memory? I grew up, and now live there with my husband and our son, Frankie, on Brook- dale Farm so I always remember being around horses, but a special memory I have is when we did a Kentucky Derby pool in 1988 and I picked Winning Colors and she won. Of course winning what was probably $50 seemed like a million dollars at the time, but I always loved her. I was so proud of her for beating the boys! What duties do you have as a horse owner? I am responsible for acting in the best interest of our partners while put- ting the horse's health first. is includes finding the best racing prospects within our budget at the sales and placing them in the right care to maximize their potential. It also entails managing each horse's racing career. ese horses will usually tell you when they need a break. is is why it's so important to find a trainer you can trust to act in your horse's best interest. Anna Seitz Ciannello 37, Lexington, Ky. Client development at Fasig-Tipton Company; syndicate manager for It's All About the Girls

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