jess jackson

Banke Turns Grief to Growth in the Vineyard

Barbara Banke, widow of Stonestreet Farm owner Jess Jackson, has not only grown Stonestreet’s racing operations since she took over for her husband, but the couple’s Jackson Family Wines also. In the last two years, Banke has added several high-profile land purchases to the company, including 14 new properties and 2,800 acres. Several of the […]

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Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: A House Like No Other

Sometimes, positive change comes just from paying attention to the world around you. In 1998, jockey Jerry Bailey and his wife noticed that workers on the backstretch at Belmont Park seemingly had no place to put their children during the day. They were seeing kids in cars.  They were seeing kids in horse stalls. They […]

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Two-year-old filly, Teen Pauline, sets track record at the Spa

A swarm of reporters descended upon Saratoga Race Course winner’s circle after Teen Pauline broke the five-furlong track record in her debut, a maiden special weight for 2-year-old fillies. “She’s special. She really is,” trainer Steve Asmussen responded when asked if he expected his charge to set a track record. Owner Barbara Banke of Stonestreet […]

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DeRosa: Dec. 26, 2014 – Rachel’s colt vs Zenyatta’s?

While racing fans never got to see a matchup between Zenyatta and Rachael Alexandra on the track, there’s still a chance their foals could one day race against each.  At the blog, Ed DeRosa is already plotting out a path for it to happen.  In a column he wrote before Zenyatta’s foal was born […]

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Banke will carry on with Jackson’s Stonestreet operation

Barbara Banke, wife of wine mogul and Stonestreet Stables founder Jess Jackson who died earlier this year, has said she will continue to run the breeding business, taking a greater role in the operation of the farm. The Thoroughbred operation will be represented at this year’s Breeders’ Cup by My Miss Aurelia in the Juvenile […]

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Sonoma County Fair opens with field size an issue

For the 75th year, the Sonoma County Fair will offer horse racing in wine country when its 15-day meet opens Wednesday.  While the atmosphere may be enjoyable for racegoers, the betting could be less appealing, says the Santa Rosa Press Democrat: “Take the fair’s opening-day card. First of all, it’s only an eight-race program. Four […]

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Sonoma County Fair names race in honor of Jess Jackson

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 […]

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Astrology carries Jackson’s memory into Preakness

Twice since 2007, Jess Jackson wound up in the Preakness winner’s circle, first with Curlin, then with Rachel Alexandra.  Saturday, his presence will still be felt by the connections of Astrology, a homebred colt by Jackson, representing Stonestreet Stables.  Astrology’s co-owner George Bolton tells the Lexington Herald-Leader that Jackson, who died last month at age […]

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Jackson: An extraordinary man, an ordinary guy

Gov. Jerry Brown declared Thursday “Jess Stonestreet Jackson Day” in California, a day when 1,000 people filled the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa, the heart of wine country, to remember the man who built a personal fortune through the Kendall-Jackson winery and blazed a brief but unforgettable trail through the Thoroughbred […]

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