Tim Mickelson’s passion – and job – is coaching the men’s golf team at Arizona State.
His second passion? Horses.
He started betting on the horses at Del Mar Race Track as a teenager. In 2003, he met a trainer and decided to own part of a horse. He owned 1/8 of Eightthehardway.
“She (Eightthehardway) never amounted much,” Mickelson said. “But the thrill of ownership had caught my attention.”
About four years ago, Mickelson was playing golf with a few buddies and they decided on the spot to form a partnership where each friend would own one quarter of the partnership. Mickelson decided he wanted to be more involved, and became the managing partner of Magical Racing Stable.
They owned One Magical Girl before buying their current horse, Under Review, a Thoroughbred bred in Kentucky. He’d rather not disclose the other owners of Under Review, but the horse is special enough that they could only afford to buy 25 percent of the horse.
“He costs more because he has potential,” Mickelson said. “It also means next May he may be eligible for things like the Kentucky Derby.”
The horses for the Nov. 3 running of the 29th Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park were announced Oct. 29. The Breeders’ Cup is the second biggest day of horse racing every year behind the Kentucky Derby. Under Review was a candidate for the race, but not chosen as one of the 14 horses to participate.
“It’s almost like the pinnacle of horse ownership,” Mickelson said. “Not running in the Breeders’ Cup is not a big deal. We still have a really good horse and if he can stay healthy we will have some fun with him over the next couple of years.”
For now, Mickelson and the owners still plan to own one horse or a part of one horse so they can still enjoy the ownership side of things.