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The Notebook May 23, 2013


Two-Minute Lick - Bob Bowman

Bob Bowman is best known as the coach of champion swimmer Michael Phelps, who set a record for the most gold medals in the Olympics among many other accomplishments. Bowman is an avid fan of horse racing and has entered into a Thoroughbred racing partnership with Phelps, enjoying success with horses such as Cerro. From 2005-2008, he was the head coach for the University of Michigan men's swimming & diving team and since 2008 is the CEO/Head Coach for North Baltimore Aquatic Club.

Name: Bob Bowman

What I do for a living: swimming coach

How and when I was introduced to Thoroughbred Racing: 1992, by a colleague

My favorite racetrack: Keeneland

My favorite Thoroughbred racing event: Breeders’ Cup

Other sports/teams I follow: Baltimore Ravens, Florida State Seminoles

What I would like to see more of in Thoroughbred racing: younger fans

What I would like to see less of in Thoroughbred racing: pushing young horses to get them sales ready

3 words that define what Thoroughbred Racing means to me: athleticism, beauty, heart

First Thoroughbred track I ever attended was: Golden Gate Fields

Favorite all-time Thoroughbred: Secretariat

My personal best moment in the sport of Thoroughbred racing: winning my first stakes race with Vanderkaay and Rosie Napravnik

Best racetrack food can be found at: Keeneland

My favorite jockey:  Gary Stevens

My favorite trainer: Graham Motion

My Heroes: Coach K, Bill Belichik

Person in Thoroughbred racing I’d like to have dinner with:  D. Wayne Lukas

My philosophy on life: It goes on.

Favorite quote or motto:  Don’t count the days, make the days count.

Favorite animal other than a horse: dog

Favorite non-Thoroughbred racing sports event I have attended: Olympic Games

Favorite food: steak

Favorite vacation spot: Australia

Favorite city: Sydney

Favorite Musician/band: New York Philharmonic

Favorite all-time movie(s): Hoosiers

Favorite TV Show: "Friday Night Lights"

Favorite hotel: Mondrian L. A.

Websites I visit daily:  Blood-Horse, SwimSwam, USA Today,

What I drive: Chevy Silverado

Pet Peeve: laziness

Favorite movie about horse racing: Phar Lap

Which actor would play me in a movie: no clue

Alma Mater: Florida State University

Favorite shows/channels: Mike and Mike ESPN, NFL Network, HRTV, Cooking Channel

Best Book I recently read: "The Talent Code"

Favorite Memento: warm-up jacket Michael Phelps wore in his first Olympic Games

Favorite Dessert: anything with ice cream

Favorite Drink: Opus One

Favorite Scent: Lavender

What I like about my job: helping young people reach their dreams

Favorite Tech gadget: iPhone

Twitter Handle: @coach_bowman

People I follow on Twitter: Graham Motion, Michael Phelps, Joe Flacco

No. 1 Bucket List Item: win the Derby


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