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Living the Dream: Why Hollywood Has Taken On Ultimate Rags to Riches Tale – Jan 26, 2020

Damian is a Dream in Dream Horse

by Olivia Buxton | Sunday Express | January 26, 2020

It’s a long way from an old slag heap in a Welsh mining village to the red carpets of Hollywood. But, then again, how often has a horse bought on a whim for £300 beaten the multi-millionaires of the sport of kings?  And all that after undergoing a revolutionary stem cell treatment to overcome a life-threatening injury which was feared would stop him ever racing again.

Now the rags-to-riches story of Dream Alliance and how he brought hope to one of Britain’s most deprived spots is a film with Homeland star Damian Lewis, Gavin & Stacey‘s Joanna Page and hit Broadway actress Toni Collette. It was even screened at the swish Sundance Film Festival in Utah on Friday.

It all began in Cefn Fforest working men’s club when Jan Vokes overheard tax advisor Howard Davies (played by Lewis) saying how he once ran a racehorse syndicate. It had cost him £5,000 and he’d promised wife Angela (played by Page) that he would never do anything like it again. But Jan was interested.

She cleaned at Asda and at a school and worked as a barmaid – but didn’t see why she couldn’t breed a racehorse. She had an allotment on a slag heap, as a child had watched her father breed budgies and had bred pigeons and whippets herself.

Howard managed to convince his wife that they wouldn’t lose money and found an aging stallion for stud.

Joanna Page says it was a joy to star alongside Damian Lewis in Dream Horse,

“Damian Lewis plays my husband, Howard, and we have a syndicate in this Welsh village, where we live and we breed a racing horse. Damian’s character is one of the main ones in the syndicate but Angela is not very supportive.”

“But Damian was so lovely and funny to work with. He’s brilliant.”

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Categories Billions Horse Racing

Bobby Axelrod: The Billion Dollar Horse – March 7, 2018

Bobby Axelrod to Debut at the Santa Anita Park Horse Races

by Gingersnap | | March 7, 2018

We Billions fans all know by now that Bobby Axelrod got his start by watching both the betting and the numbers of harness racing at Yonkers Raceway, which led to a seat at 4 WTC to trade stocks. And as they say, the rest is history. So it’s all that more fitting that he has sired a race horse, so to speak.

Bobby Axelrod, the race horse. Photo provided by Brian Trump of Rockingham Ranch.

A horse named Bobby Axelrod will make his debut in the second race at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California this Saturday, March 10, 2018.  See the racing schedule here and view the Axelrod horse profile here. Bred at KatieRich Farms, this thoroughbred was foaled on May 12, 2015 and is owned by Rockingham Ranch, a global horse racing organization. ‘Axe the Horse’ was trained by Peter Miller Racing and on race day his Jockey will be Javier Castellano. Rockingham’s Racing Manager Brian Trump tweeted this out today:

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Categories American Buffalo Events Horse Racing

Damian Lewis Attends Royal Ascot – June 16, 2015

Getting Into the Spirit at Royal Ascot

by Sharnaz Shahid

They’re currently starring in American Buffalo on London’s West End. And Damian Lewis and his co-star John Goodman took a break from their intense theatre schedule to enjoy a fun afternoon out at the races, attending the opening day of Royal Ascot in Berkshire on Tuesday.

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