Breeders’ Cup Announces Special Guests for Thursday’s Cocktails & Conversation Broadcast
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 5, 2020) — The Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred horse racing’s most prestigious international events, announces high-profile California-based trainer Simon Callaghan and Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano as the special guests for this week’s installment of Cocktails & Conversation. The multi-platform broadcast is a recurring virtual happy hour series designed to rally the horse racing industry’s most prominent figures to raise funds for communities that have been profoundly impacted by COVID-19.
The Cocktails & Conversation broadcast, airing Thursday, Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. ET via Breeders’ Cup’s Twitter, Facebook and YouTube will mark the 17th installment of the series. The episode will be hosted by Nick Luck and Britney Eurton of NBC Sports and 21 Club mixologist and creator of Breeders’ Cup’s official cocktails Mark Tubridy.
Callaghan, based in Southern California, will be starting the 4-year-old filly Bellafina, owned by Kaleem Shah Inc., Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith, in Saturday’s Ballerina Stakes (G1) at Saratoga. The 7-furlong Ballerina is a “Win and You’re In” automatic qualifying race for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1).
A native of Great Britain, Callaghan grew up assisting his father, Neville, who was a top trainer at Newmarket, with various training and horse care duties. At home, he started his own stable at 24, but had aspirations of coming to America.
Callaghan set up operations in Southern California in 2009 and established himself as an up-and-coming trainer, saddling multiple Grade 1 winners in his first five years in the United States. In 2015, Callaghan trained Firing Line to a second-place finish in the Kentucky Derby (G1). His star filly Bellafina has three Grade 1 victories among her seven wins. Those wins include the Del Mar Debutante (1) and the Chandelier Stakes (G1) as a 2-year-old, and the Santa Anita Oaks (G1) last year. Bellafina also finished second in the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint. This year, Bellafina has one win in three starts, taking the Desert Stormer Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita on May 17.
Castellano, a native of Venezuela, is one of North America’s most successful jockeys. Riding on the New York circuit since 2001, Castellano is the second-leading money-earning jockey of all-time with more than $347.5 million in total purses, and has ridden more than 5,200 winners.Castellano won the Eclipse Award for Champion Jockey four consecutive times (2013-2016). He has won 12 Breeders’ Cup races, which includes the 2004 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) aboard Ghostzapper. Castellano had two winners at last year’s Breeders’ Cup with Belvoir Bay (GB) in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) and British Idiom in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1).
Castellano, who was inducted into the Racing’s Hall of Fame in 2017, has won a record six Runhappy Travers Stakes (G1) at Saratoga. He will be shooting for a seventh Travers win on Saturday aboard Global Thoroughbred and Top Racing’s Caracaro, who was second by a neck in the Peter Pan Stakes (G3) on July 16, the opening day of the Spa meeting.
Thursday’s live stream will commence with Tubridy leading a virtual mixology class for viewers, creating two refreshing cocktails to enjoy at home during the broadcast. Mark will be mixing up a “Tito’s Breakfast Martini” made with Tito’s Handmade Vodka, triple sec, lemon juice and orange marmalade. Mark’s second cocktail is a “Kentucky Cold Brew,” consisting of Maker’s Mark Bourbon, demerara syrup, unsweetened cold brew coffee and heavy cream.
Following the cocktail-mixing segment, the broadcast will feature conversational interviews with Callaghan and Castellano, who will offer perspectives and thoughts on their careers, current developments in horse racing and family life. Fans will be able to submit questions via social media for the hosts and guests to answer during the broadcast for a truly interactive experience. Throughout the cocktail hour, viewers will be encouraged to donate to industry workers and communities in need through the official Breeders' Cup website.
Tapping all-star talents such as world-renowned jockeys Frankie Dettori and Mike Smith; leading trainers Tom Amoss, Bob Baffert, Chad Brown, Mark Casse, Graham Motion, Doug O’Neill, Todd Pletcher, Dale Romans, Jasc Sisterson, and Wesley Ward; NHL All-Star and Thoroughbred owner Erik Johnson; film and television actress and equestrian rider Bo Derek; owners Jeff Bloom, Sol Kumin andJack and Laurie Wolf; television personality and fashion designer Carson Kressley; and the NBC Sports’ horse racing broadcasting team, Breeders’ Cup has raised thousands of dollars through previous Cocktails & Conversation broadcasts.
All proceeds generated from Cocktails & Conversation are wholly donated to the following organizations benefitting the horse racing and hospitality industries:
• Race Track Chaplaincy of America, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of the horse racing community through social services, food and clothing banks and educational workshops.
• USBG National Charity Foundation, which supports bartenders, barbacks and bar servers throughout the nation who have been financially impacted by restaurant and bar shutdowns as a result of the health crisis.
• Restaurant Workers Relief Program, a project jointly formed by Maker’s Mark and the Lee Initiative that has transformed restaurants in major cities into relief centers that offer food and supplies to affected hospitality workers.
To learn more about the virtual happy hour series and to support those in need, please visit https://www.breederscup.com/convos.
ABOUT BREEDERS’ CUP
The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred horse racing’s year-end Championships, as well as the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The Breeders’ Cup is also a founding member of the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition, an organization composed of industry leaders committed to advancing safety measures in Thoroughbred racing and improving the well-being of equine and human athletes.
The 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 14 Championship races, is scheduled to be held on November 6-7 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky and features a total of $35 million in purses and awards. The event will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup website, breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
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