When Jess Jackson died four years ago, many people in the racing industry wondered if his wife, Barbara Banke, would decide to leave the sport that she and her husband had spent so many years enjoying. The couple had become involved in horse racing in the early 2000's, and had campaigned several top horses such as Horses of the Year Curlin and Rachel Alexandra.
As Joe Drape writes in the New York Times, people “need not have worried.” Not only does Banke enjoy the competition as much as her late husband did, she also finds solace in it. In recent years, she has helped make the couple's Stonestreet Farm one of the leaders in the industry.
When the horses step onto the track this Saturday for the G1 Kentucky Derby, Banke will be cheering on Carpe Diem, who she owns in partnership with WinStar Farm. Regardless of where the colt finishes, Banke has vowed to remain active in the industry, and continue her late husband's push for reform.
“There's the perception that the drugs impact the kind of horses we are breeding,” Banke said in the New York Times. “I should get better prices over there, and the rest of the world should know there are a lot of positive things going on over here.”
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