“The Pressbox’s” Exclusive Q&A Series With Breeders’ Cup Horses: Today’s Interview With Turf Sprint Candidate Bucchero

(Bucchero gets his morning bath / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(Bucchero works in the a.m. at Churchill Downs / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

By Holly M. Smith

This flashy chestnut with lots of chrome can’t be missed on the track, and has gained quite the following over the past year. He traveled across the pond, and got his trainer to wear a top hat.  Yes, we are talking about Bucchero! Always nice to visit the Tim Glyshaw barn, Bucchero and his other four-legged friends:  Spook the cat, and Chivo the goat. It has been a tough, tough year for the Glyshaw Barn Family. In the Spring, while racing at Keeneland, they lost our great friend Bullards Alley due to a racing injury. He was a Grade 1 winner. Tim’s first. And, the pain was deep and immense. Coming to the barn was tough, and a struggle. But Bucchero was the guy who “manned up,” and helped pick the trainer and his peeps back up again. Bucchero has been the one to honor his friend, stablemate, teammate and bring Tim Glyshaw back to the Breeders’ Cup again. Tough Story meet Feel-Good Story. 

What race/s are your targeting for the 2018 Breeder’s Cup?

Turf Sprint

Who are your parents?

Kantharos and Meetmeontime (General Meeting)

Who is your trainer?

Tim Glyshaw. 

It’s race day, how do you get your game face on?

I always take a morning nap. Not the just sit down and relax type, I mean the all out, tucked in the straw, oblivious to the world type of nap. Once I get up from my nap, the minute that I walk into the paddock I’m all business.

Favorite snack?

I hate to sound cliche, Peppermints. But to be honest, I have never tried Krispy Kreme’s and they do look delicious.

Favorite racetrack?

Ask me at about 12:31 on November 3rd, Im hoping it will be Churchill Downs. However, Keeneland will always be one of my favorites.

What has been your most memorable racing moment so far?

Winning my second Woodford. While I was very confident when I won at 26-1 in 2017, coming back and defending my title a year later was very special.

Favorite sports team (college or pro)?

Definitely UK……………..Wait…change that, Indiana U (I forgot Tim buys all the peppermints)

If you could have dinner with any other horse alive or deceased, who would it be and why?

Lady Aurelia. She is fast, beautiful and we would make REALLY fast babies together….did I go too far? She is still a little mad that I beat her the 2 times we raced, but I am hoping in our retirement I get a chance down the road to wine and dine her.

What are you looking forward to most about Breeder’s Cup at Churchill Downs?

Just making it to the Breeders Cup a second time is a huge honor. I have trained hard and raced against the best in the US and the world. I just want Fernando and I to get a good trip and see who is best on that day.

Anything else you would like to say to your fans?

Thank you for all of the love and support. I love racing. I love running and I don’t know the word quit. I think that resonates with my fans and I am grateful and honored to think that I will have left a lasting impression on horse racing fans.

Find Bucchero on Twitter at: @buccherostud and @racingwithihr

(Bucchero canters off the track at Churchill Downs early in the morning / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

I was absolutely dancing into the Winner’s Circle. It was so exciting and Joel has been like one of my kids ever since he came from Bay Meadows. We tease each other a lot. We greet each other by grunting and everybody looks at us like, ‘what’s that all about’ but we’ve been doing it for years. So it’s wonderful to win with him. The owners are great people that really deserve something like this.

“This horse seems like he’s more adept at seven furlongs to a mile so I’m not sure he wants a mile and a quarter …

“I could tell my horse had won, but I was so excited in the stretch I thought I was gonna pass out.

“We are very happy with the way our horse had trained for this race, but it’s always scary when you get a look at those Baffert ‘Maseratis’, it pretty much unfolded the way we had hoped.

“The people that own this horse, they’ve got this colt a seven furlong-miler type maybe time will tell differently, but the other colt they are focusing on him going the two turns.”


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