Jacks or Better Farm

Jacks or Better Farm, an 88-acre farm in Ocala, Fla., was established in 1997 by Fred and Jane Brei of Savannah, Ga., and Ocala. 
 
  • Won the 2013 Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship (G3) with Fort Loudon.
  • Fred Brei, a native of Poplar Grove, Ill., is a builder/developer. He was founder and chief executive officer of Canterbury Corp., a long-term retirement facility in Crystal Lake, Ill. until he sold it in 1995 and moved to Ocala. Jane Brei is a retired nurse. 
  • Fred Brei bought first broodmare in 1972 at Keeneland and raced a small stable in the Midwest before taking a 15-year break from racing to concentrate on his business. 
  • The Breis originally intended to be commercial breeders but ended up operating one of Florida’s most successful small-scale homebred racing operations. 
  • Jacks or Better Farm made it to the top of the Thoroughbred world when homebred Awesome Feather captured the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies in 2010. They turned around and sold Awesome Feather for $2.3 million at auction to Stronach Stables. 
  • Homebred Jackson Bend swept the 2009 Florida Stallion Stakes before selling a majority interest to Robert Lapenta. Jackson Bend went on to finish third in the 2010 Preakness Stakes and notch Grade 1 victories in the 2011 Forego and the 2012 Carter. 
  • Homebred Fort Loudon swept the 2011 Florida Stallion Stakes and subsequently finished second in the 2012 King’s Bishop (G1) at Saratoga. 
  • Awesome Belle scored four consecutive stakes victories during the 2012 Calder summer meeting. • Other stakes winners include Radical Riley, Hear No Evil, Bourbon N Blues, Scrubs, Ladyinareddress, Friday’s a Comin,’ Antsinmypants, Bayou’s Lassie, Honey Honey Honey and Winnie’s Pooh Bear.