Across the Board with Andy Serling Episode 26: Christophe Clement
by Najja Thompson
The latest episode of the Across the Board with Andy Serling podcast features an extended conversation with trainer Christophe Clement, now available for download.
Clement is coming off a momentous week during the October Racing Festival at Belmont Park, in which he saddled five winners from 11 starts, highlighted by victories in the Belmont Turf Sprint Invitational with multiple graded stakes winner Disco Partner, Have At It in the Grade 2, $500,000 Hill Prince, Lonely Road in the Grade 3, $150,000 Matron and Blacktype in the $200,000 Knickerbocker. Clement joined Serling from Belmont overlooking the historic paddock to talk about his prolific career and the thoroughbred racing industry.
Born in Paris, France into a successful racing family in which his father and grandfather were also trainers, Clement worked as an assistant to his brother Nicolai before moving to the United States to work for Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGuaghey. After a brief return to Europe where he was an assistant for the legendary trainer Luca Cumani, Clement went out on his own in 1991 and has gone on to become one of the most respected trainers in the industry conditioning on significant horses such as Gio Ponti, Winchester, Funny Moon and Tonalist.
Launched in April 2017, Across the Board with Andy Serling is a podcast presented by the New York Racing Association. New episodes of the show will be released in regular installments throughout the year, providing fans and horseplayers with access to the most interesting personalities in racing.
Episode 26: Christophe Clement
Episode 25: Nick Zito
Episode 24: Belmont Stakes Racing Festival Recap with David Aragona
Episode 23: Brad Cox
Episode 22: Bob Baffert
Episode 21: Belmont Stakes Post-Position Draw Roundtable Discussion
Episode 20: 143 Preakness Recap
Episode 19: Preakness Stakes Preview
Episode 18: Kentucky Derby Recap with David Aragona
Episode 17: Kentucky Derby Preview
Episode 16: Maggie Wolfendale-Morley
Episode 15: Frank Mirahmadi
Episode 14: Bruce Johnstone
Episode 13: Eddie Bown
Episode 12: Richard Violette, Jr.
Episode 11: Gabby Gaudet
Episode 10: Chad Brown
Episode 9: Kiaran McLaughlin
Episode 8: Glen Kozak
Episode 7: Jimmy Riccio, Jr.
Episode 6: Chris Kay
Episode 5: Rajiv Maragh
Episode 4: Angel Cordero, Jr.
Episode 3: Richard Migliore
Episode 2: David Grening
Episode 1: Harvey Pack