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The Notebook April 30, 2013


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:

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


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