Starlight Racing bought into Justify in March of this year, after the Scat Daddy colt won his first race by 9 1/2 lengths. Now, managing partner Jack Wolf, a high school graduate in Louisville, Ky., is enjoying his opportunity to share the Triple Crown dream with partners like 90-year-old Bo Nixon and his son, Ted Nixon, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.
“Stuff like that is what's enjoyable about having a partnership,” Wolf said. “I think the partners from Louisville, especially the ones who have grown up here, it was very significant. Regardless of where you're from, it's an unbelievable experience to be a part of a Derby winner.”
Starlight Racing's deal with original co-owner SF Racing to become a 15 percent owner of Justify is for racing purposes. SF Racing retains its share of the breeding rights, along with WinStar Farm and China Horse Club. Sol Kumin's Head of Plains Partner later would buy into the ownership group.
Wolf started Starlight in 2000 with his wife, Laurie, and the group found its way to the Kentucky Derby with Harlan's Holiday in 2002. The winner of the Florida Derby and the Blue Grass Stakes finished seventh in the Run for the Roses, but earned over $3.6 million in his career and went on to become a successful stallion. Other top runners owned by Starlight include Eclipse Award winners Ashado and Shanghai Bobby.
Read more at the Courier Journal.
Correction: The original version of this article mistakenly said Starlight bought a portion of Justify in January, before his first start. The deal was announced after Justify's maiden victory.
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