Owner Bios

Top Owners at GulfStream Park

Adele Dilschneider

Adele Dilschneider

Dilschneider is a native of Alton, Ill., across the Mississippi River from St. Louis.
 
  • She is the great-granddaughter of William E. Levis, founder of Corning-Illinois Glass, the makers of most beer bottles in the middle of the 20th century.
  • She is the granddaughter of John Olin, head of Olin Industries Inc., an amalgamation of firearms, ammunition and chemical companies founded by his father Franklin Olin. 
  • John Olin was the owner and breeder of 1974 Kentucky Derby winner Cannonade. 
Augustin Stable

Augustin Stable

  • Augustin is the racing stable of George Strawbridge Jr. of Chester County, Pa.
  • Strawbridge owns a 700-plus acre farm named for a church near Chesapeake, Md.
  • He is the director of Campbell Soup Company. 
  • He is president of the National Steeplechase Association and is also a member of The Jockey Club. 
  • Homebred Angel Terrance named 3-year-old filly champion of 2012 by Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association
Besilu Stables

Besilu Stables

Besilu Stables is owned by Benjamin Leon of Coral Gables, Fla. A native of Oriente, Cuba, Leon came to the U.S. in 1961.
 
  • Besilu is the presenting sponsor of the Florida Derby
  • Two-time champion Royal Delta kicked off her 2013 campaign at Gulfstream with a victory in the Sabin Stakes (G3)
  • Leon has enjoyed success in the health care and real estate industries.
  • He was inducted into the National Softball Hall of Fame in 1988.
Bobby Flay

Bobby Flay

Flay, a native New Yorker, is a celebrity chef and restaurateur who graduated from the French Culinary Institute. 
 
  • He owns and runs five restaurants: Mesa Grill and Bar Americain, in New York, Mesa Grill Las Vegas (Caesars Palace), Mesa Grill Bahamas (Cove Atlantis, Paradise Island) and Bobby Flay Steak in Atlantic City, N.J. 
  • He also hosts and guests on numerous Food Network television programs, and has written many cookbooksa 
Bruce Lunsford

Bruce Lunsford

Lunsford graduated with a B.A. degree from University of Kentucky and a J.D. degree from Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law. 
 
  • 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. 
Centennial Farms

Centennial Farms

Founded in 1983 by Boston businessman and lifelong horseman Don Little, Centennial’s generally purchases 10-15 well-bred colts a year from the premier thoroughbred auctions of North America.  The stable currently has horses with trainers Jimmy Jerkens, Michael Matz and Rodney Jenkins.  

Chester & Mary Broman

Chester & Mary Broman

Chester, born in Pinelawn, N.Y., is owner, President and CEO of Clifford Broman & Son, Inc., a general contracting corporation in West Babylon, N.Y.
 
  • He’s on the Board of Directors for the Long Island Contractors Association and holds interests in several other Long Island general-contracting businesses. His family has always enjoyed riding horses and in the mid 1990s, the Bromans decided to get into racing. 
Claiborne Farm

Claiborne Farm

Claiborne Farm is the breeding and racing operation of Seth Hancock of Paris, Ky., and his family. 
 
  • Claiborne Farm, established by A.B. Hancock Sr. in the early 1910, is located on 2,700 acres. Hancock Sr. ran the farm until 1947, before it was passed on to A.B. “Bull” Hancock Jr.. In 1972, Bull handed over the reins to Seth, who has been at the helm ever since.
Darley/Godolphin Stable

Darley/Godolphin Stable

Darley and Godolphin Stables are breeding and racing operations of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum of Dubai. 
 
  • Tied for sixth in 2012-2013 for most wins by an owner with seven
  • He is the Vice President of the U.A.E. and ruler of Dubai, ascending to those posts with the death of his brother Sheikh Maktoum al Maktoum in January 2006.
Dogwood Stable

Dogwood Stable

Dogwood, founded by W. Cot Campbell in Aiken, S.C. in 1973, is the model of all racing partnerships. Dogwood primarily buys his racing stock at auction, preferring to spend less than $200,000 per horse. 
  • 2013 Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice, stabled at Palm Meadows, kicked off his 3-year-old season with a victory at Gulfstream.
  • Campbell is on the board of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. 
Donald Dizney

Donald Dizney

Dizney, originally from Pensacola, Fla., is an Orlando-area chairman of a corporation that operates a chain of acute care and psychiatric hospitals in the Southeast and Caribbean. He is also chairman of a specialized senior-care company.
 
  • His multiple stakes winner Bahamian Squall won the Sunshine Stake Stakes in 2012-2013 and the promising Calistoga won twice at Gulfstream
  • He graduated from Eastern Kentucky University and took day trips to Keeneland Racecourse during his college years.
Earle Mack

Earle Mack

Earle Mack is the Senior Partner and CFO of the Mack Corp., a commercial real estate manager and developer. 
 
  • He was U.S. ambassador to Finland from 2004-2005. 
  • He is on the board on several arts organizations, including the New York City Ballet and the Dance Theatre of Harlem. He also produced films “Hard Choices” and “She Dances Alone.” 
  • He has been reappointed to the New York Racing Association’s Board of Directors. 
Frank Calabrese

Frank Calabrese

Calabrese is a Chicago native sold FCL Graphics, a printing company near Chicago, for a reported $75 million in 2004. 
 
  • He started out racing harness horses before switching to Thoroughbreds in 1982. 
  • He dominated the Gulfstream Park owners’ standings between 2009-2013 before finishing second during the 2012- 2013 meet to Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey. Mr. Calabrese dominated the owner standings during Gulfstream's first summer meet.
  • Dominating the Chicago circuit for more than a decade 
Gary and Mary West

Gary and Mary West

The Wests, who reside in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., have owned horses since 1980 and had more than 50 in training in 2012. 
 
  • Gary West is a former hospital administrator who founded one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world. 
  • The Wests now have a wide range of business interests and have established the Gary and Mary West Foundation, a philanthropic organization. 
Jacks or Better Farm

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. 
James Tafel

James Tafel

James Tafel, the retired CEO of a trade magazine and textbook publishing company, lives in Palm Beach, Fla. 
 
  • He got into racing after retirement through Dogwood Stables, but quickly grew his involvement, largely breeding and racing his own horses. 
  • He bred and raced Street Sense, the 2007 Kentucky Derby winner who also captured the 2007 Travers and the 2006 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. 
  • Tafel owned 1999 Florida Derby winner Vicar. 
John Oxley

John Oxley

John Oxley is a Tulsa, Ok. resident who also has homes in Florida, Kentucky and Colorado. 
 
  • He founded Oxley Petroleum, a Tulsa oil and gas exploration company that he sold in 2003, and most recently founded Oxley Resources, LLC. 
  • He and wife Debby have experienced the biggest thrill in racing while visiting the winner’s circle with 2001 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Monarchos, who had previously captured the Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream. 
Juddmonte Farms

Juddmonte Farms

Juddmonte Farms is the breeding and racing operation of Prince Khalid Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, England and Kentucky.
 
  • Won Gulfstream's 2013 The Very One with Starformer
  • Stakes winner Emollient kicked off 2013 season with victory at Gulfstream.
  • He is semi-retired from running the Mawared conglomerate. 
  • He started out with expensive purchases that set auction records in Europe in the 1970s, but concentrated on homebreds after developing his breeding operation. 
Ken & Sarah Ramsey

Ken & Sarah Ramsey

The Ramseys are natives of Eastern Kentucky who now live on Ramsey Farm near Lexington, Ky.
 
  • Leading owners at Gulfstream in 2013 with 43 victories
  • The Ramsays were also leading owners at Keeneland (spring and fall), Churchill Downs (spring), Saratoga, Kentucky Downs and Churchill (September).
  • Won four of the seven Claiming Crown races on Dec. 1, 2013, the first year the event was held at Gulfstream
Kinsman Stable

Kinsman Stable

Founded by George Steinbrenner, the late owner of the New York Yankees and a marine shipping company, Kinsman Stable is operated by the Steinbrenner family. 
 
  • Kinsman campaigned 2005 Derby favorite, Wood Memorial winner and Travers runner-up Bellamy Road, as well as stakes winners Concerto, Hemingway’s Key, Beacon Shine and Crystal Current. 
  • Kinsman Hope, winner of the 1972 Remsen Stakes, was among the farm’s first Thoroughbreds. 
Klarvich Stables

Klarvich Stables

Klarvich Stables was formed in 1993 by Seth Klarman and Jeff Radich, but Klarman maintained the stable after Radich went solo on the West Coast in 2004. Klarvich and Lawrence formed a partnership shortly thereafter. …Klarman, a graduate of Harvard Business School, is the President of a head fund and resides in Brookline, Ma. 
 
  • Lawrence, a native of Latham, N.Y. and a resident of New York City and Saratoga Springs, N.Y., operates an investment company. 
Lael Stables

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). 
Lansdon Robbins

Lansdon Robbins

Robbins is a Louisville, Ky. resident who is President and CEO of the consulting firm Service Net and also President of Accent Marketing Services. 
 
  • Born in Nashville, Tenn., he has degrees from the University of North Carolina and Northwestern. … He grew up going to the races at Ellis Park, and his father sold pencils and programs at Dade Park in Henderson, Ky. 
  • He races under his own name as well as Azelea Stables. 
Live Oak Plantation

Live Oak Plantation

Live Oak Plantation is the stable name for Charlotte Weber, the granddaughter of Campbell Soup founder John T. Dorrance. Her family still owns much of the company’s stock. 
 
  • Finished fifth in races won during the 2013 meet with 10.
  • Won the Sunshine Millions Distaff and Ocala Stakes during the 2012-2013 meet with Successful Song.
  • Won the 2013 Appleton Stakes (G3) with Za Approval.
  • She is a graduate of the University of Paris, with a bachelor of arts and science degree. 
Martin Cherry

Martin Cherry

Cherry is a Philadelphia native who lives in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. 
 
  • He graduated from Drexel University with a bachelor’s degree in business and owned and operated his family’s business, Cherrydale Farms, a candy and chocolate manufacturer based in Pennsburg, Pa. 
Michael Dubb

Michael Dubb

Michael Dubb is a Long Island, N.Y. residential real estate developer. 
 
  • Dubb, who was appointed to the New York Racing Association’s Board of Directors in 2008, was reappointed in 2012 to the new NYRA board that is overseen by the state. 
  • He built and donated to the Belmont Child Care Center, known as Anna House, in 2002 and donated an extention to the building in 2011. He serves as the Chairman of the Belmont Child Care Association. 
Michael Repole

Michael Repole

Michael Repole, who grew up in Queens, N.Y., and graduated from St. John’s University with a degree in sports management. 
 
  • He was the President and co-founder of Glaceau, maker of Vitaminwater and Smartwater before selling Glaceau to Coca-Cola for $4.1 billion in 2007. 
  • He is now a key investor in the healthy fast-food chain Energy Kitchen and is chairman and majority owner of Pirate Brands, makers of the snack food Pirate’s Booty. 
Michael Tabor

Michael Tabor

Michael Tabor is a resident of Monte Carlo and Barbados who began his professional career in his native England as a hairdresser before becoming a clerk at a betting shop. After buying two shops of his own in his 20s, he built a chain of 113 shops that he sold to Coral in 1995 for $50 million. 
 
  • He is currently an investor in an Internet gaming company. 
Padua Stables

Padua Stables

Padua Stables is operated by Satish Sanan, a native of India who founded a computer software company that he sold in 2003 before turning to the health-care industry. 
 
  • He grew up in England, moving to the U.S. at age 16. 
  • He and his wife Anne operated a breeding farm in Ocala, Fla., before concentrating on their 275-acre farm in Lexington that adjoins Three Chimneys Farm. 
  • He led a movement to bring more transparency and consumer controls to horse auctions and sales. 
Paul Pompa Jr.

Paul Pompa Jr.

Pompa is a Warren, N.J. native who owns Brooklyn-based Truck-Rite Corp., a trucking business.
 
  • He’s a Graduate of Kings College in Pennsylvania. • He sold 75% of 2008 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown to IEAH Stables for $3 million after the colt’s first start in 2007. He named the colt in honor of United Parcel Service, with whom his trucking company did work. 
  • He co-owned Gulfstream’s 2011 Ocala Stakes winner All Due Respect. 
Phipps Stable

Phipps Stable

Ogden Mills “Dinny” Phipps is the director of Bessemer Trust and Bessemer Securities Corp. 
 
  • Co-owner and co-breeder of Orb, winner of the Florida Derby (G1), Fountain of Youth (G2) and Kentucky Derby(G1).
  • Won the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1) with Point of Entry over 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom.
  • The Phipps family has been involved in racing since the 1920s when Mrs. Henry Carnegie Phipps founded the Wheatley Stable. 
Pinnacle Racing Stables

Pinnacle Racing Stables

Pinnacle Racing Stables is an ownership group founded in 2003 by Adam Lazarus of Aventura, Fla. 
 
  • Lazarus, an account executive at an office solutions company in Miramar, Fla., is a native New Yorker who graduated with a communications degree from Appalachian State. 
  • After college, which he attended on a baseball scholarship, he moved to South Florida and became a racing fan, who, in turn, became interested in ownership. 
Robert V. LaPenta

Robert V. LaPenta

Robert LaPenta was born in Yonkers, N.Y. and resides in Westport, Conn. 
 
  • He is an alumnus and a member of Iona’s Board of Trustees. 
  • LaPenta donated $7 million toward the construction of the college’s LaPenta Student Union Building. LaPenta’s silks are maroon and gold, in honor of his alma mater. 
Starlight Stables

Starlight Stables

Starlight Racing is a partnership between Jack and Laurie Wolf of Louisville, Ky. and Staratoga Springs, N.Y. and Upstate N.Y. developer Donald Lucarelli.
 
  • Jack Wolf, who earned his masters at Murray State, is a retired hedge fund manager. …Starlight Racing owned 2012 juvenile champion Shanghai Bobby, the winner of the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Champagne Stakes winner. …Starlight’s Algorithms captured the Holy Bull (G3) and Thunder Moccasin won the Hutcheson (G2) at Gulfstream last season.
Stronach Stables

Stronach Stables

Frank Stronach is the founder and chairman of The Stronach Group, which owns Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita Park, the Maryland Jockey Club, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Xpressbet and a share of HRTV. 
 
  • His daughter, Belinda, a former member of the Canadian parliament, is President and CEO of The Stronach Group. 
Stuart Janney III

Stuart Janney III

Janney is the Chairman of Bessemer Trust Co. and a prominent leader with The Jockey Club, T.O.B.A., Breeders’ Cup, Keeneland, and the NTRA. 
 
  • Co-owned and co-bred 2013 Florida Derby (G1), Fountain of Youth (G2) and Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Orb.
  • He resides in Butler, Md. 
  • His parents bred and raced champion filly Ruffian and his grandmother, Mrs. Henry Carnegie Phipps, raced as Wheatley Stable, which campaigned Horse of the Year and leading sire Bold Ruler. 
Team Valor International

Team Valor International

Team Valor International is a syndicate group managed by Barry Irwin. 
 
  • 2011 Animal Kingom finished second in 2013 in the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1) before winning the $10 million Dubai World Cup
  • Irwin graduated from UCLA and was a racing journalist with publications such as Daily Racing Form and The Blood-Horse in the 1960s and ‘70s. 
  • He operated Pacifica Thoroughbreds, a bloodstock agency, from 1979-87. 
West PointThoroughbreds

West PointThoroughbreds

West Point Thoroughbreds is a racing syndicate based in New Jersey headed by Terry Finley, who has been involved in the Thoroughbred industry for more than 22 years. 
 
  • West Point's Eclipse set a world-record in 2013 in the Pan American Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream.
  • A graduate of West Point, Finley is a former U.S. Army Airborne Ranger. 
Zayat Stable

Zayat Stable

Ahmed Zayat is the former owner of Al Ahram Beverages, which packages and sells beer, wine, non-alcoholic drinks and soft drinks in the Middle East. 
 
  • Originally from Cairo, he now has residences in New Jersey, New York, Egypt and London. • He won a bid to privatize Egypt’s national brewery in the mid 1980s and sold it to Heineken for $280 million. 
  • He earned an MBA and MPH from Boston University and Harvard University.