From early days spent trackside atop an uncle’s shoulders cheering to victory the likes of Seabiscuit and Swaps, Jess Jackson appreciated the connection between racehorse and fan – a generations-old love of sport and admiration of natural splendor that defines Stonestreet.
In its short history, Stonestreet has emerged an active voice in thoroughbred racing by encouraging the training and competition of older horses. From sending Curlin, North America’s richest horse to an historic 4-year-old season to campaigning Rachel Alexandra through an unprecedented 3-year-old resume and subsequent 4-year-old return, Stonestreet is dedicated to fostering the bond between the public and its thoroughbred racing heroes once shared between a boy and his uncle.
Even in Stonestreet’s dawning years our champions etched themselves into racing’s most storied narratives:
- Curlin: The 2007 Preakness Stakes victory was just the beginning and his determined win in the slop over his fellow champions in the 2007 Breeders’ Cup Classic was not the swan song it is for many champions. He returned for a 4-year-old campaign that took fans across oceans to Dubai, where he secured the Jaguar Trophy Handicap on his way to a record-setting victory as he conquered the world in the Dubai World Cup in March of 2008. Stonestreet’s champion then returned to the U.S. where he won three more Grade I races – the Stephen Foster Handicap, the Woodward Stakes and a consecutive Jockey Club Gold Cup.
- Rachel Alexandra: Becoming the first filly in 85 years to win the Preakness Stakes during her 2009 campaign was one of many historical imprints the bay filly made on racing. Other highlights include becoming the second filly to ever win the Haskell Invitational and the first female of any age to prevail in the Woodward Stakes, which was established in 1954.
In addition to the historic campaigns of Curlin and Rachel Alexandra that led to three consecutive North American Horse of the Year titles from 2007 through 2009, Stonestreet has proudly supported the careers of other talents:
- Tiz Wonderful was undefeated in three starts as a 2-year-old, including wins in the 2006 Grade III Iroquois Stakes and Grade II Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs. Tiz Wonderful now stands at Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, KY.
- Kensei, a son of Mr. Greeley, notched victories in the Grade II Dwyer at Belmont Park and Grade II Jim Dandy at Saratoga in 2009.
- Kantharos, the notable son of Lion Heart who at 2-years-old was once described by trainer Steve Asmussen as exhibiting “limitless potential,” rocketed his way to the top of East Coast prospects in 2010 with an 11 ¾ length debut win at Churchill Downs on May 13, followed by a 9 ½ length victory in the Grade III Bashford Manor and a 7 ¼ length win in the Grade II Saratoga Special before being retired.
Today, Stonestreet maintains a string of potential rising stars including the multiple graded-stakes winning champion homebred My Miss Aurelia. The first graded stakes-winning homebred to race in the gold and burgundy silks of Stonestreet was Astrology, who won the 2010 Grade III Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs.