Sonoma County Fair names race in honor of Jess Jackson

by | 07.21.2011 | 8:31am

The Sonoma County Fair meet that begins July 27 will have a special race in the condition books – one that honors horse owner and wine magnate Jess Jackson, who passed away last spring at age 81.  His widow, Barbara Banke, tells the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat it means a great deal to her and her family.

“My family and I were so very touched when we heard,” Banke said. “He would have been so proud, as this was the community that he chose to call home.”

Banke, who has taken over the family's Stonestreet Stables, said she plans to continue moving forward “at a steady pace” with the racing outfit.  But Stonestreet won't have a runner at the Sonoma County Fair.

“The last one we raced here was Hartford Court,” Banke said. “He didn't win, but maybe in the future we'll have a chance to win one in front of the home crowd. That would be a thrill.”

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