Michael is recognized as one of the top young horsemen in the United States and is regarded for his ability to both identify and manage talent to develop horses into graded stakes performers.
Born in Davis, CA, Michael comes from a successful line of horsemen, with his father being world-renowned veterinarian, Dr. William David Wilson. Graduating from the University of California, Davis, with a degree in Equine Animal Science, Michael established himself early as a horseman with rare ability. He worked for Hall of Fame trainers Richard Mandella, Doug O’Neill, and became an assistant trainer to Bob Baffert at the age of 22. While working for Baffert, Michael was selected to join the prestigious Darley Flying Start Program. While on the course, he worked within the Godolphin operations, as well as with world renowned trainers, D. Wayne Lukas, Jeremy Noseda (UK), Danny O’Brien (AUS), and Saeed Bin Suroor (Dubai). Michael also developed his eye for talent by learning from two of the best judges in the world, Donato Lanni and Mark Johnston (UK).
Upon graduating from the program, Michael worked as an assistant trainer for Kenny McPeek. He began his training career in 2012, quickly catching the attention of leading owners Zayat Stables, Barry Schwartz, and Ed Seltzer.
Michael has worked with 40+ Gr. 1 horses across the globe, including numerous Triple Crown, Kentucky Oaks, and Breeders’ Cup contenders, and top sires Into Mischief and PioneeroftheNile. Michael knows the type of horse that is needed to win the premier races.
Due to the demand for his services in horse selection and management, Michael decided to found Forza Bloodstock in partnership with Dr. Dominique Engel. Their goal is to improve the thoroughbred industry for both horse and owner. Michael is also a valued co host on Past The Wire TV and contributor to the website