Trainer Tony Michael Gattellaro has already won multiple stakes races in his five-year career. Get to know the Woodbine-based conditioner in the fun Q&A below.
My introduction to horse racing occurred when … my dad and grandfather took me to the races as a child.
In a few words, being a horse trainer is like: Being an artist.
My daily routine starts with: TDN and Tim Hortons.
I know it’s going to be a good day when: The radio plays a few good songs on way to the barn.
Favorite place at the racetrack to watch a race: Our stable box. I like to watch outdoors and cheer my horses on.
Advice I would give to anyone considering getting into racing as a career: Work with the best people you can. Tell them your goals and dreams.
Three ways to attract more fans to the sport:
1. Animal interaction/familiarity
2. Lower track takeout (on winning wagers)
3. Lottery-comparable jackpots
What is your go-to or signature bet to make at the racetrack: $100 on the nose (to win).
My biggest gambling score ever at the racetrack was: $12,500 as a minor (purchased my first horse with winnings).
My top three favorite racetracks in order, and what I like about each one:
1. Santa Anita -The weather/views and history there.
2. Keeneland -The people and passion for the game.
3. Saratoga- Boutique meet with big competitive fields.
What I do when I’m not at the races: I’m an avid sports fan. I’m pretty much consumed by all things athletic. Either playing, watching, or learning.
One thing that most people don’t know about me is: I originally wanted to be a bloodstock agent and formed a training career from learning to purchase horses.
Should the Breeders’ Cup rotate from coast to coast or have a permanent home: Tough to say. I love the Santa Anita experience. But I know how crucial Breeders’ Cup coming to Woodbine (my home track) in ‘96 was to my passion for the game.
Favorite international racing event: Dubai World Cup
Favorite racehorse currently competing: Newspaperofrecord
Favorite all-time racehorse: Ghostzapper
Three words that define what Thoroughbred racing means to me: Passion, opportunity, patience.
Accomplishment I am most proud of: Winning the 2017 Princess Elizabeth Stakes (Canada’s richest race for 2-year-old horses) with a horse (Clickity Clack) I purchased with high school friends.
Other sports/teams I follow: I played lacrosse and hockey competitively as a kid. I enjoy golf and backcountry skiing. Maple Leafs in the NHL and Raptors in the NBA.
Favorite non-Thoroughbred racing sports event I have attended: Skipped the 2011 Breeders’ Cup to attend my brother’s Lacrosse National Championship win. Well worth it.
My favorite athletes of all-time: Wayne Gretzky, Ken Griffey Jr., Michael Jordan.
Favorite magazines: BloodHorse, GQ
Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram: Instagram
Favorite thing to eat after a winning day at the races: Steak after a stakes (win) is always my favorite.
Least favorite food: Tomatoes
Best racetrack food can be found at: Woodbine. In a landslide victory.
Favorite cocktail: Bourbon on the rocks.
Top racing websites I visit daily: TDN, BloodHorse, Equibase, HPIBet
Twitter handle: @TGattellaro
What apps are on your phone: WhatsApp, Waze, Uber, Yahoo Fantasy, iRobot (my favorite)
I’d like to have dinner with the following three people inside racing:
1. Bob Baffert
I’d like to have dinner with the following three people outside of Racing:
1. Dabo Swinney
2. Coach K
3. Steve Kerr
My philosophy on life: You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.