“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)

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds

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