Racehorse Owner Mike Repole Talks Oaks Contender Nest, Business Philosophy, Relationships in Racing


Queen’s native Michael Repole is one of the most prominent self-made business entrepreneurs in America. Over the past decade, he’s also established himself as one of the more successful racehorse owners in the country as well. He has had horses run in the Kentucky Derby, and this year he has a very good shot at winning the Longines Kentucky Oaks, which is the Derby for 3-year-old female horses.

Repole sat down with Ren Carothers to talk about his top contender in the Oaks this year — a horse named Nest. She has won four of her five career races including the Central Bank Ashland Stakes at Keeneland Race Course in early April. Repole discussed his hopes for Nest and how she stacks up against some very stiff competition that’s expected in the Kentucky Oaks. Listen to how and why Nest’s pedigree might very well help her chances in the big race.

Much of Repole’s story in racing has unfolded alongside his long-time horse trainer and Hall of Famer Todd Pletcher. Repole talked candidly about the strength of his relationship with Pletcher and the fun they’ve had while winning many major races over the years. Repole even discussed some of his early success with horses like Uncle Mo — and the funny story behind the horse’s name. There are other horse names that were inspired by Repole’s wife, Maria.

Ren talked to Mike about being a parent and the joys of raising daughters, and Ren’s daughter Ava even makes an unplanned appearance. They also chatted about Repole’s philosophy on business and life. Hear what he credits with providing him with the outlook to achieve everything he has in racing and beyond. Repole even discussed his bid to buy the New York Mets with Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez. Some of Repole’s partners in racing have included Barstool Sports’ Dave Portnoy. Repole discussed their relationship as well.

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