Robert LaPenta, a native of Yonkers, New York who now resides in
Westport, Connecticut, was introduced to racing during his youth by his
mother. He first became an owner in 1998 in partnership with University
of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino. LaPenta established his own
stable in 2001, with Hall of famer Nick Zito as his primary trainer.
His stable consisting of more th an 60 horses also includes horses with
trainers Doug O’Neill and Ron Moquett.