JESS JACKSON AND PARTNER BUY RACHEL ALEXANDRAhttp://www.paulickreport.com/news/thoroughbred-racing/jess-jackson-and-partner-buy-rachel-alexandra/Thoroughbred News
From Stonestreet Stables Press Release/Caroline Shaw Public Relations
LEXINGTON, KY (May 6, 2009) – Stonestreet Stables, majority owner of two-time Horse of the Year, Curlin—and Harold T. McCormick of Birmingham, Alabama together with Dolphus Morrison and Mike Lauffer of L and M Partners, LLC announced today the purchase of Rachel Alexandra, the three-year-old filly who is undefeated in 2009 and the winner of last Friday’s Kentucky Oaks by over 20 lengths. As agreed to by both parties, terms of the deal were kept confidential.
“Rachel Alexandra is one of the best horses in racing today,” said Jess Jackson of Stonestreet Stable. “She is fast, strong and durable—the traits we should all be breeding into all future generations of race horses. Her beauty and athleticism will thrill thousands of fans. ”
“We are delighted to sell Rachel Alexandra to Jess Jackson’s Stonestreet Stables. Its reputation for integrity, putting the best interest of the horses above all else, and just doing things right will ensure this incredible thoroughbreds’ future and the industry at large. We are equally please she will retire after her racing career to Stonestreet Stables,” said Dolphus Morrison of L and M Partners, LLC.
In addition to the Kentucky Oaks win, Rachel Alexandra’s major victories include the Golden Rod Stakes (2008), Martha Washington Stakes (2009), Fair Grounds Oaks (2009), and Fantasy Stakes (2009). Foaled in 2006, Rachel Alexandra was out of Lotta Kim, a daughter of Claiborne Farm’s multiple stakes winner, Roar. Rachel Alexandra was sired by Medaglia d’Oro, a multiple Grade I winner who retired with career earnings in excess of $5.7 million.
Jackson indicated that when Rachel Alexandra’s racing career concludes, he will breed her to Curlin, whose speed, strength and durability are the key qualities in his “New Horse.”
The resilient Curlin, winner of 11 of 16 races in two consecutive campaigns—including the 2008 Dubai World Cup, the 2007 Preakness, and the 2007 Breeders’ Cup Classic—is known as an “iron horse” for never missing a race or a workout and retiring in perfect form and health. Rachel Alexandra has many of these same traits.
“We are tremendously excited by the prospect of one day seeing the offspring of Curlin and Rachel Alexandra,” said Jackson. “But for now, the story of this filly is still being written. My four daughters and granddaughter will be delighted this super filly will race in our colors.”
About Stonestreet Farms
Owned by Jess Stonestreet Jackson, Stonestreet Farms currently maintains a broodmare band of over 100 in its breeding operation in Lexington, Kentucky and races several dozen thoroughbreds through Stonestreet Stables. Jackson is the majority owner of Curlin, 2007 Horse of the Year. Together with his wife Barbara Banke, Jackson is also the founder and owner of the world-class Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates. For more information visit www.stonestreetfarms.com.
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