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 New York City, 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 played football at Yale University, and went on to become a college football coach, spending seven years coaching at five different universities, most famously working with Wayne Chrebet and Victor Cruz. He was the President of Kids Interest Development Services Inc. and co-founded Oasis Children’s Services LLC, which provided school, camp and after-school programming for thousands of children throughout the Northeast.
Joe has worked with trainers Tom Bush, Chad Brown, Mike Hushion, Leah Gyarmati, Andrew Lakeman and Todd Pletcher, as well as campaigned New York stakes winners Tamberino (NY), Mighty Eros (NY), Pashito the Che and Turbo Compressor. Most notably, Breeders Cup/Eclipse Award winner Informed Decision, as well as Suburban winner Zivo (NY) are products of the Off The Hook program.
Joe is a native New Yorker and currently lives with his wife and children in Manhattan. He is serving his first term on the NYTHA Board.