Lael Stables

Roy and Gretchen Jackson of West Grove, Pa. race their horses under Lael Stables. 
  • Both graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. 
  • Roy has spent much of his life in the game of baseball, serving from 1983-2000 as president of Convest, Inc., a firm that represented professional ballplayers. He also served as past president of minor league baseball leagues and as a club owner. 
  • He owned minor league teams in York, Pa. (Pirates) and Tucson, Ariz. (Toros). 
  • The Jacksons campaigned Barbaro, the 2006 Florida Derby winner who went on to win the Kentucky Derby with an undefeated record before suffering catastrophic leg injuries shortly after the start of the Preakness. 
  • Their homebred Derby winner eventually succumbed to his injuries. 
  • In 2007, the Jacksons made a $3 million gift to endow a chair at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in the name of Dean W. Richardson, who led the team of surgeons that treated Barbaro. 
  • The Jacksons have been involved in Thoroughbred racing for more than 30 years. Roy Jackson began devoting his full attention to racing as a principal business in 2000. 
  • Other major stakes winners campaigned by the Lael Stables included Showing Up, George Washington, Grandera and Superstar Leo. 
  • Lael Stables began breeding racehorses in 1978 at the 190-acre Lael Farm, which sits in the midst of steeplechase and show horse country. Lael means “loyalty” in Gaelic. 
  • After more than 20 years in the business, their first graded-stakes winner came with Rashas Warning in the 1998 Herecomesthebride Stakes at Gulfstream. They had purchased the filly just 36 hours earlier.