- He is the Chairman and CEO of Lunsford Capital, LLC, a Louisville-headquartered private investment company. He is the founder and former chairman and CEO of Ventas, Inc., one of the nation’s largest health-care real estate investment companies and served as Kentucky’s Commerce Secretary from 1980-’83 under Gov. John Y. Brown.
- He ran for Governor of Kentucky in 2003 and 2007, and Senator in 2008.
- He serves as chairman of Deyta, Inc., a company which measures customer and employee satisfaction and performance levels, and also as a member of the Board of Directors of Aerocare Holdings, Inc., a provider of respiratory therapy services.
- Lunsford caught the racing bug while attending the University of Kentuck. He entered the racing game as an owner with claiming horses in the late 1980s. As a breeder he’s best known for Grade 1 winner Golden Missile (Pimlico Special), who earned $2.1 million and finished third in the 1999 Breeders’ Cup Classic. He campaigned Fountain of Youth winner First Samurai in partnership with Lansdon Robbins, Madcap Escapade, a top-class sprinter he later sold for $6 million, and homebred Vision and Verse, 1999 Travers and Belmont Stakes runner-up.