Ehalt: Sol Kumin’s Ownership Model ‘Great For The Game’

by | 05.08.2018 | 2:31pm
Jockey Florent Geroux and owner Sol Kumin celebrate Monomoy Girl's Kentucky Oaks victory

Thoroughbred owner Sol Kumin was not a finalist in the outstanding owner category in last year's Eclipse Awards, but voters may be unable to ignore the involvement of his various partnerships in 2018. Thus far, Kumin is part owner of Kentucky Derby winner Justify (and also third and fifth-place finishers Audible and My Boy Jack), Kentucky Oaks winner Monomoy Girl, Dubai Golden Shaheen winner Mind Your Biscuits, and G1 performer Beach Patrol.

Part of the issue that kept him out of Eclipse Award consideration last year is that Kumin races under the names of several different partnerships.

Bob Ehalt opined on the owner's status at “As much as it's a statistical nightmare to compile all Kumin's wins and accomplishments in his myriad of partnerships, (…) there also no way that they should be ignored. Like any owner, Kumin took a gamble in buying into all those horses and there are certainly plenty of horses who did not work out as well as those G1 winners.

“For years, the Eclipse Award has gone to the connections of one horse or a large stable, but people like Kumin, who are great for the game, are changing that.”


CORRECTION: The original version of this article said Kumin was not on the ballot for outstanding owner. Eclipse Award voters may vote for any owner.

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