You could say Anthony Stabile was born at the racetrack. His father Tony, an assistant trainer at the time met his mother Phyllis in the winter of 1975 and two years later had Anthony. When Stabile was born, Hall of Fame jockey Jorge Velasquez' flowers beat everyone elses to the hospital room.
Throughout high school and college, Stabile worked as a hotwalker, groom and jockey agent at the NYRA tracks before interning at NYRA in the winter of 1998. After graduating St. John's University in May 1998, Stabile made his way as a professional gambler before becoming a writer and handicapper for the New York Post in May 1999.
At the Post, Stabile did everything from handicapping six or seven tracks a day to covering both the Thoroughbred and harness scenes in the Big Apple and it's surrounding areas. In his first meet at the Post, Stabile shattered all public handicapping records by showing an $88 profit at the 1999 Saratoga meet, promptly giving him the moniker "King of the Spa."
In 2000, Stabile began contributing to the top magazine in the Thoroughbred game, The Bloodhorse and then in May 2002, began appearing as a guest on "Thoroughbred Central" for New York City OTB. The TV show entails handicapping races as well as recapping the major stakes races of the past week along with conducting interviews with many of the nations top horsemen. In 2004, Stabile began hosting the show on a regular basis. He also conducts seminars for NYCOTB, at the famed Gallagher's Steakhouse as well as at Mohegan Sun Casino and various other gambling hotspots in the Northeast during the Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup.
In 2003, Stabile was the only handicapper to select the New York bred gelding Funny Cide to win the Kentucky Derby at 12-1. Stabile also had "the gutsy gelding" at 150-1 at a Vegas future book as well as in all three Kentucky Derby Future Pools. After the Preakness, Stabile was the ghost writer for Funny Cide in a series of columns that appeared in the Post. In November of that year, Stabile became the author of "Through the Binocs" a daily recap of the day's action at NYRA racetracks and was known for his candor and pull-no-punches approach to writing.