Mike Repole, owner of 2010 2-year-old champion Uncle Mo, will be the next guest on bloodhorse.com’s Talkin’ Horses.
Native New Yorker Mike Repole first dabbled in Thoroughbred racing in 2004 when he invested in some claiming horses. In 2008, however, he elevated his program, both in terms of quality and quantity, with the acquisition of about 100 horses.
Since that time, Repole’s stable has risen to the upper echelons of North American racing, and in 2010 he was represented by his first graded stakes winner, after going 0 for 27 in graded stakes, when Uncle Mo took the grade I Champagne Stakes at Saratoga. Following his impressive victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Uncle Mo was voted champion 2-year-old male and is now the winter book favorite for the Kentucky Derby.
But this is no one-horse stable, as attested to by the numbers being put up by his runners. Last year, he achieved a feat of which any owner, especially a New Yorker, would be proud of when he was leading owner at the prestigious Saratoga meet, with 13 wins from 46 starters. In 2009, Repole was the leading owner in New York for the entire year, a category in which he finished second in 2010.
Another promising 3-year-old in Repole’s stable is Stay Thirsty, who finished second last year in the grade I Hopeful Stakes. More recently, Repole was represented by another graded stakes winner when Calibracho won the grade III Toboggan Stakes at Aqueduct.
Repole, 42, was the president and co-founder of Glaceau, maker of Vitaminwater and Smartwater. Glaceau was sold to Coca-Cola in May 2007 and Repole is now board chairman and majority investor in the healthy fast-food chain Energy Kitchen and Pirate Brands, makers of the snack food Pirate's Booty
Although his primary trainer is multiple Eclipse Award winner Todd Pletcher, Repole has horses with Scott Lake, Bruce Brown, Dominic Galluscio, and Mike Miceli.
Thank you for your questions. The podcast will take place on Friday Jan. 28, 2011 and will be posted soon after that.