Be like Mike
I never really believed much in the idea that something can be "good for the game." If a horse were to win a Triple Crown there would still be 3,009 people at Belmont the following Wednesday. As marvelous as she was, Zenyatta's exploits have done nothing to save California racing from getting off to a miserable start in 2011. Few things in the sport, no matter how great or marvelous they may be, seem to have much of a carryover effect.
“Not that any of this should come as a surprise. Repole is the guy who appears to be too good to be true but apparently isn't. The co-founder of Glaceau, the company that makes Vitaminwater and Smartwater, he sold his business to Coca Cola for $4.1 billion. Yet, he is the least pretentious filthy rich person you could ever find. Usually seen in sweatshirts and jeans, he dresses like a kid from Queens that refuses to grow up, which is exactly what he is. He remains loyal to his neighborhood friends, donates millions to charities, calls his parents every day and helps look after an ailing grandmother. We learned from a feature story on Repole in the New York Daily News that he talked his brother into retiring from the police department and helped set him up in the real estate business so that no one would have to worry about his safety. "I'm not delusional about how lucky I am," he told the Daily News. "I'm truly blessed. I'm so appreciate of every thing given to me. I'm very fortunate and now I try to give back in as many ways as possible." Maybe Repole is just one in a million. Then again, maybe there are others in the sport that will see what he does and how he goes about his business and decide to emulate him. If he can do it, others can. Be like Mike, be "good for the game." Bill Finley is an award-winning racing writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today and Sports Illustrated. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'm truly blessed. I'm so appreciate of every thing given to me. I'm very fortunate and now I try to give back in as many ways as possible.” -- Uncle Mo's owner Mike Repole
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