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In 2004, Chuck Zacney was inspired by a Philadelphia phenom, the rabidly popular champion Smarty Jones, and decided to dive headfirst into racehorse ownership. One of the first horses he purchased was Afleet Alex, who became a champion himself the very next season, winning the Preakness and Belmont Stakes and finishing a close third in the Kentucky Derby.

Kentucky-bred Roaring Lion secured the 2018 Cartier Horse of the Year award at the 28th annual Cartier Racing Awards Nov. 13 in London.

Bred in Kentucky by Jan Van de Bos Naify’s RanJan Racing and owned by Qatar Racing, Roaring Lion won four straight group 1 races in England and Ireland this year to secure the top honor. The 3-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy is the first United States-bred horse to be named Horse of the Year in Europe since Fantastic Light in 2001.

Before the Breeders’ Cup gets too far away in our rear view mirror, I’d like to take one more look back. To me the biggest story over the two days was trainer John Sadler finally getting off his 0-for Breeders’ Cup schneid.

After two days and 14 memorable races, the 35th edition of the Breeders’ Cup now belongs to the history books.

There was a slew of great performances, and for handicappers, it was two days filled with intense scrutiny of past performances that hopefully turned out to be a highly profitable experience.

At the very least, there were several lessons that could prove beneficial when next November rolls around and the Breeders’ Cup returns to Santa Anita Park in California.

I was fortunate to spend last week in Louisville, Ky. for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The first half of my week was dedicated to volunteering at OwnerView’s Thoroughbred Owner Conference for new and prospective owners, while the second half was focused on the Breeders’ Cup itself.

I enjoyed seven fantastic days in the Bluegrass State, and I highlighted some of my top moments below as both a racing fan and a racing employee:

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