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COOLER MIKE

Cooler Mike

 

● Cooler Mike is the homebred who nearly got away.  "He was the last one that we had out of the mare," said trainer Nick Nosowenko who also is the co-owner in partnership with his father, Mike Nosowenko. "He went through the sale here and he actually got purchased but the buyer wouldn't sign the ticket so we ended up taking the horse back."

● Nick Nosowenko believes that Cooler Mike has the toughness necessary for success at the top level.  "He was an outstanding 2-year-old," said Nosowenko. "He was right there every start. We ran in some stakes and he just missed in the yearling sale stakes and ran some tough races against the best in Canada. 

● Cooler Mike is coming into the Queen's Plate well under the radar, and that's just fine with his conditioner.   "There was so much hype about Telekinesis and the fillies that we figured he's already run two races here, we never really had him fully cranked up yet," said Nosowenko. "But I figure if we ran him three times before the Plate it might be a little much so we thought we'd just sit and watch how things played out."

● Nosowenko's previous Plate starter, Rackman, who is half-brother to Cooler Mike, was also named after his father, Mike. "My dad, going back 50 years, used to bring a cooler to the backside for the help after every race," said Nosowenko. "Everybody knows him and knows about his cooler and it was kind of fitting."

● The Rackman moniker was born during a family trip to Las Vegas. "Back in the day, they used to have racks of coins so he used to always walk around with racks of dollar coins," said Nosowenko. "One day he was coming up to the room and the elevator opened and I saw him and said 'Rackman, where have you been?' So that name kind of stuck."

Owner – Michael and Nicholas Nosowenko

Owner Mike Nosowenko, 79, and his son, Nick, 56, have been staples on the Woodbine backstretch for decades. Mike Nosowenko worked at General Motors in Oshawa and liked to play the horses while dabbling in ownership with a friend, Jack Frost. Eventually, they became partners in a mare named Brief Star and her first foal was the stakes-placed Brief Bikini.

In time, the elder Nosowenko purchased a farm in Bowmanville and developed a number of homebreds. Now retired, Mike sold the farm seven years ago and now lives in Oshawa.

Trainer – Nick Nosowenko

Nick Nosowenko, who took out his trainer's license in 2004 and saddled his first career winner at Churchill Downs, will be looking for his first stakes win in the Queen's Plate.  Nosowenko has campaigned a number of stakes-placed horses here, however, including Catch A Fever, runner-up in the Grade 3 Grey Stakes in 2006, the multiple stakes-placed Tamara and the indefatigable Run to the Bank.  There was never much doubt that Nick would follow in his father's footsteps although he did pursue a career in the restaurant business, owning both Casey's and East Side Mario franchises before the call of the track became too appetizing.

Jockey – Jesse Campbell

Jesse Campbell, age 40, began his career in 2005 and was a regular rider at Arlington Park before moving his tack to Woodbine in 2011. Campbell enjoyed plenty of success here but decided to pack it in and headed back to Illinois so he could be closer to his wife, Allyson, and 4-year-daughter Madison. He landed a position as barn manager for a private estate late in 2017 but when he was informed he would have to relocate to Ocala he dusted off his tack and returned to the saddle on June 9. Campbell has won 2256 races. His twin brother, Joel Campbell, rides at Arlington. Their father, Mike Campbell, is a trainer.​