A Yale graduate, Appelbaum spent 7 years as a college football coach before finding enough success with Thoroughbreds to make horses his full-time career. This will be his third NHC appearance. Joe Appelbaum claimed his first horse in 1999 and won some races and lost his fair share before linking up with Carlos Morales to form Off The Hook in 2002. A breeding, racing and sales company with a farm and training center in Ocala, FL and offices in NYC, Off The Hook has experienced a string of pinhooking and racing successes. Off the Hook is built around the idea that a patient and pragmatic approach early in a horse’s development will lead to lasting competitive excellence at the racetrack. Joe has worked with trainers Tom Bush, Chad Brown, Mike Hushion, Leah Gyarmati, Andrew Lakeman and Todd Pletcher, as well as campaigned NY stakes winners Tamberino (NY), Mighty Eros (NY), Pashito the Che and Turbo Compressor. Most notably, Breeders Cup/Eclipse Award winner Informed Decision.