Bodemeister Colt Was ‘Always’ Special


Always Dreaming

Expectations are always high when a horse is purchased for several hundred thousand dollars. However, those expectations don’t always come to fruition. For Matthew O’Connor, the 19-year-old nephew of Anthony Bonomo, a part-owner of Florida Derby (GI) winner and leading Kentucky Derby (GI) candidate Always Dreaming under the name of Brooklyn Boyz Stable, seeing the son of Bodemeister develop into what he is today has been what can only be described as the ride of a lifetime.

In the spring and summer of 2016 before entering his freshman year of college, O’Connor worked in the barn of Dominick Schettino, who at the time trained Bonomo’s horses and managed Always Dreaming’s early prep before the colt was sent to trainer Todd Pletcher. O’Connor happily recalls the day that year’s 2-year-olds arrived at Belmont Park and the day he first saw Always Dreaming…

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Jordan Sigmon
16-year-old Jordan Sigmon is from Charlotte, North Carolina. She was bit by the racing bug when watching Big Brown demolish the field in the 2008 Kentucky Derby. Jordan spends most of her time with her own horse Patrick, a 12-year-old Selle Francais gelding that she shows at hunter/jumper shows across the East Coast. When she isn’t at the barn she’s handicapping races and writing articles on the goings-on of the sport. Jordan’s dream is to work in the racing industry after graduating college, exactly what she wants to do is still up in the air but one of her biggest passions is working with young horses.
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