Michael Tabor

Michael Tabor is a resident of Monte Carlo and Barbados who began his professional career in his native England as a hairdresser before becoming a clerk at a betting shop. After buying two shops of his own in his 20s, he built a chain of 113 shops that he sold to Coral in 1995 for $50 million. 
 
  • He is currently an investor in an Internet gaming company. 
  • Tabor’s Thunder Gulch captured the 1995 Florida Derby prior to victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. He also owned a share of 2007 Florida Derby victor Scat Daddy. 
  • Tabor usually campaigns horses in partnership with Coolmore Stud principles John and Susan Magnier and Derrick Smith. 
  • Tabor and Smith campaigned 2007 Kentucky Oaks and Belmont Stakes winner Rags to Riches. 
  • Tabor, the Magniers and Smith owned Johannesburg, who captured the 2001 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. 
  • They also campaigned the 2012 2000 Guineas and Epsom Darby winner Camelot, who got tripped up in his attempt to sweep the English Triple Crown with a second in the St. Leger. 
  • Other international champions include two-time Breeders’ Cup Turf winner High Chapparal, So You Think, Entrepreneur, Montjeu, Giant’s Causeway and Mozart
  • He and his Coolmore partners purchased The Green Monkey, who retired to stud as a maiden, for a world record $16 million at auction in 2006.