“There is an instinct to admire the splendor, power, magnificence, and beauty of a Thoroughbred running.” Jess Jackson, Thoroughbred Times, January 20, 2009
Jess Stonestreet Jackson, known for his world-renowned wine brands, turned his lifelong passion for horses and racing into a business in 2003 with acquisitions in thoroughbred auctions. In February of 2005 Jess Jackson purchased the Buckram Oak Farm on Lexington’s Old Frankfort Pike and Stonestreet Farm was established. Stonestreet has since staked historical ground both on the track and on the farm. The bold and passionate vision of the late Jess Jackson is carried forth by Barbara Banke, a dedicated team of grooms, administrators and partners, all committed to quality and fueled by an appreciation for the horse.
Stonestreet’s campaign of 2007 and 2008 Horse of the Year Curlin, and 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra ignited the racing industry. Represented by the Stonestreet silks of gold (representing Jess Jackson’s home state of California’s gold rush and the golden color of the mountains during the summer and fall, and burgundy for wine), Stonestreet’s achievements on the track are remarkable, with highlights including:
In addition to the success on the track, Stonestreet has built a solid reputation on the farm as the Leading 2010 Breeder of Yearlings by total sales dollars. Stonestreet is committed to the commercial breeding and development of quality racehorses with a broodmare band of nearly 100 and interests held in exceptional stallions including , Curlin, Eskendereya, Tiz Wonderful, Kantharos, Afleet Alex and Ghostzapper who stand at various prestigious stallion farms.
Stonestreet has garnered commercial breeding achievements through a strong focus on breeding by conformation in conjunction with pedigree.