Bloodstock agent Matt Coleman will travel from Newmarket to Cheltenham this year with rooting interests throughout the week, whether they are horses purchased by him or punted by him at 33-1 back in October. A racecaller on the side, Coleman works for Anthony Stroud Bloodstock, selling flat and National Hunt horses around the world. He'll be cheering on Valdez in the Arkle on opening day of this year's Cheltenham Festival.
Born in Britain, Graham Motion returned to Cheltenham with American champion Flatterer for the 1987 Champion Hurdle. The four-time Eclipse Award-winner finished second to three-time Champion Hurdle winner See You Then. Motion returned to America, set up shop as a flat trainer and won the Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup with Animal Kingdom.
Bruce Miller entered the Cheltenham winner’s enclosure in 1992 when Kay Jeffords’ Lonesome Glory upset a Sport of Kings novice stakes in December, becoming the first American-trained jumper to win in Britain. No, it wasn’t the Festival, but it was close. The American-based trainer reminisces about his visits to Cheltenham in today’s Cheltenham 10 Questions.
Peter Thomas Fornatale is a writer, editor, blogger, horseplayer, fan, you name it. He’s written books for Daily Racing Form Press, Crown and Simon & Schuster, among others. Fornatale's latest book, The Winning Contest Player, hits the streets Wednesday. He's a regular contributor to The Horseplayer Magazine, blogs for Twinspires.com and his own site, unbearablebetting.com and tweets @loomsboldly. He’s even got a stint with The Saratoga Special under his belt. And yes, he’s been to the Cheltenham Festival.
Geoffrey Russell sees a lot of horses and a lot of races in his role as director of sales for the Keeneland Association. Perhaps more importantly he’s a fan of the game, flat or jump, and he knows the game inside out. TIHR caught up with Russell for the next installment of Cheltenham's 10 Questions before he headed overseas for the 2014 Festival.
British trainer George Baker circles two dates on his calendar every year. The Iroquois Steeplechase in May and the Cheltenham Festival in March. Training from the Manton Estate, Baker sent out Belgian Bill to win the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot last year. TIHR caught up with Baker for the first installment of Cheltenham's 10 Questions.
The rains came in Southern California and snow and ice met significant parts of the East, Southeast and Mid-Atlantic well into Monday morning, ah the joys of what is the never-ending winter of 2014.
Wildcat Red won the Hutcheson. Three weeks later, he won the Fountain of Youth. If the Kentucky Derby were tomorrow, he’d be a major player. Thirteen-hundred miles to the north, his sister awaits a date with Despite The Odds, D’Wildcat, Paynter or some other classy stallion.