About Corey LaRusso

Corey La Russo was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in Pacific Palisades. He attended and graduated from Palisades High School and is the son of former NBA All-Star, the late Rudy La Russo (Lakers ’59-‘67, Warriors ’67-‘70, NBA All-Star ‘62, ‘63, ‘65, ‘68, ‘69). Corey has grown up around big-time sports, and also was an outstanding basketball player and golfer.

Golf Life

In 1985 Corey accepted an invitation from Wildcats Coach Rick LaRose to play at the University of Arizona. In Tucson, Corey played with Mike Springer, Larry Silveira, Robert Gamez and other great players while studying Media Arts. In 1991, Corey completed school and turned professional touring the world on different tours from ‘91 to ‘94, playing in Canada, South America and Asia as he attempted the PGA Tour Qualifying School three times unsuccessfully.

In 1994 Corey turned his focus to creating BackSpin The Golf Show on KGME 1360, “The Game”. In 1996 Corey fell into the broadcasting world full time as the executive producer of “Femino on Sports” with talk show host Tony Femino. The show was one of the highest-rated programs of it’s time in Phoenix and allowed Corey the opportunity to get up close to players, coaches, and other sports personalities. While working, reporting, and hosting, Corey was given the opportunity to cover the 1997 Super Bowl in Tempe, Arizona, among other events.

In 1999, Corey left the “Femino On Sports” to work for a non-profit organization and return to competitive golf emceeing events and playing on the Western States Tour with a final attempt at PGA Tour Q-School. In 2000 with his father’s health on the decline, Corey dropped his interests in Phoenix to return to Los Angeles. He began partnering with his family interests in the investment banking world and International athlete representation.

Currently Corey co-hosts Backspin and is co-owner in a stable of race horses in California. He lives in Scottsdale. He is also the spokesperson for the Longbow Golf Club, Iliac Golf (golf apparel and Ping Golf.) He continues to help charity events in the Southwest as an emcee and/or tournament host.

Horse Racing Life

Corey was introduced to horses at a young age. From the age of 12 to 16, Corey would spend two months a year at the Bar 717 Ranch in the Trinity Mountains of Northern California. There he was able to raise, groom, and ride the ranch horses — specifically, barrel riding and drill Team activities. A native of California,  Coreys  Grandfather was a track employee at Yonkers Raceway in New York for over twenty years.  Visits to the East Coast included time at the track.  As for his father, Rudy,  while on the Lakers, he would occasionally dabble in racehorse ownership in Southern California.  The family would often attend the races at Hollywood Park, Santa Anita, and Del Mar to see their horses run, making for a spirited family day.
  In 2012, the LaRusso name reemerged at the track with the creation of Corey LaRusso Racing with the help of Rafael Becerra Jr ., a longtime trainer.  Since that time, Corey has been involved with the ownership group of over fifteen horses in California.  Though he races mostly under LaRusso racing, Corey maintains relationships with the Little Red Feather, Behind the Mask, and Rockingham Ranch ownership groups.
“First and foremost I am an animal lover. I have been blessed to be around the very best of people in the game. That’s what keeps me in it!” – Corey LaRusso