Two-Minute Lick - Mike Repole
As a teenager growing up in Middle Village (Queens), N.Y., Mike Repole would quench his thirst for racing and gambling action by either jumping on a bus to Aqueduct or by running to his favorite Off-Track-Betting facility on Grand Avenue. Repole actually named one of his horses "Run to Grand Ave" in honor of his beloved OTB.
A leading owner on the New York circuit, Repole now comes to the racetrack with a much larger bankroll then he once did, having sold his company Glaceau, maker of Vitaminwater and Smartwater, to Coca-Cola for $4.1 billion in May 2007.
Repole’s blue and orange racing colors (not coincidentally the colors of the New York Mets) will be on display in the Kentucky Derby atop Overanalyze, winner of the Arkansas Derby.
Name: Mike Repole
What I do for a living: Entrepreneur
How and when I was introduced to Thoroughbred racing: I used to sneak into Aqueduct as a 14-year-old boy
My favorite racetrack: Saratoga
My favorite Thoroughbred racing event: Travers
Other sports/teams I follow: The Mets and St John’s basketball
What I would like to see more of in Thoroughbred racing: Young fans
Three words that define what Thoroughbred racing means to me: Fun, Exciting, Thrilling
First Thoroughbred track I ever attended: Aqueduct
Favorite all-time Thoroughbred: Uncle Mo
My personal best moment in the sport of Thoroughbred racing: Winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile
Best racetrack food can be found at: Saratoga
My favorite jockey: Angel Cordero or Rafael Bejarano, if he wins the Derby on Overanalyze.
My favorite trainer: Anyone but (my trainer) Todd Pletcher (lol).
My heroes: Grandmother
Person in Thoroughbred racing I’d like to have dinner with: Mrs. Robsham
My philosophy on life: Make the most of it, there are no do-overs
Favorite quote or motto: Success is best when shared
Favorite animal other than a horse: Goldfish
Favorite non-Thoroughbred racing sports event I have attended: Super Bowl
Favorite food: Sushi
Favorite vacation spot: The Caribbean
Favorite city: New York
Favorite musician/band: Billy Joel
Favorite all-time movie(s): Hoosiers
Favorite TV show: “SportsCenter”
Favorite hotel: Four Seasons
Websites I visit daily: ESPN.com
What I drive: People nuts
Pet peeve: People who don’t communicate
Favorite movie about horse racing: Seabiscuit
Which actor would play me in a movie: Adam Sandler
Alma Mater: St. John’s
Favorite Radio shows/channels: WFAN Sports Radio
Best Book I recently read: “Who Moved My Cheese?”
Favorite memento: Travers canoe
Favorite dessert: Chocolate ice cream
Favorite drink: Vitaminwater and BodyArmor Super Drink
Favorite scent: Caribbean Ocean
What I like about my job: Coaching people
Favorite tech gadget: iPad
Twitter handle: Don’t have one.
People I follow on Twitter: Darren Rovell
No. 1 bucket list item: Winning the Belmont Stakes