Fourteen years ago, Thoroughbred trainer Dominick Imperio decided to give the woman who would become his daughter-in-law a special birthday present: a yearling.
“My husband told me to give it back,” said Elizabeth Loftus, who goes by Libby and who eventually married Dominick’s son, Michael. “He likes to blame me for dragging us back into horse racing.”
Though Michael worked in his father’s barn growing up, he didn’t follow his father into the business, instead going to work in commodities trading, which is where he and Loftus met.
“There’s a feeling in horse racing that’s very similar to the trading floor,” Loftus said. “There’s a thrill that makes you thrive on it.”
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