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The Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakeholders represent a group of individuals and owner groups passionately committed to elevating the sport of thoroughbred horse racing. Having purchased a spot in the starting gate for $1 million USD each, The Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakeholders, together with The Stronach Group, are on the leading edge of an industry game-changing catalyst to modernize the sport and engage a new generation of fans.
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Jockey: Mike Smith
The ‘Coolmore partnership’ encompasses Mrs John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith. Together they have enjoyed unprecedented success including four consecutive Epsom Derbys (with Pour Moi, Camelot, Ruler Of The World and Australia) and eight straight Irish Derbys from 2005 to 2012 inclusive. In 2015 they raced both the European Champion 2YO Colt, Air Force Blue and the European Champion 2YO Filly, Minding, who has gone on to spectacular success again in 2016. Highlights in North America for the partnership include American Pharoah’s Triple Crown, Rags To Riches’ Belmont success and recent Breeders’ Cup wins for the likes of Found, Hootenanny, Shanghai Bobby and Magician.
Trainer: Dale L. Romans
Jockey: Florent Geroux
Rosedown Racing is an elite horse racing and breeding stable owned 100% by Jeff Weiss. Jeff has extensive experience as a national commercial real estate developer and investor. With 7 years of breeding under our belt, Rose Down Racing is newer to the racing scene. We're proud to have had our first race horse featured in the Breeders' Cup. We are focused and committed to maintaining an elite status by breeding at the highest level, with two mares currently in foal to American Pharaoh, Uncle Mo and other leading sires. We are extremely passionate about what we do and strive to infuse that passion continually into every aspect of our business.
Trainer: Todd A. Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez
Starlight Pegasus is a syndicate from Starlight Racing, a group that has been raising the bar in thoroughbred partnerships for over a decade. Starlight Racing's primary goal has always been to compete and win at the elite Grade 1 and have been represented by 63 stakes victories (45 graded, 19 Grade 1), three Eclipse Award winners and two Breeders' Cup champions. Starlight Pegasus is enhanced by the expertise of several other experienced horsemen.
Trainer: Mark E. Casse
Jockey: Julien Leparoux
Trainer: Jorge Navarro
Jockey: Antonio Gallardo
Trainer: Mick Ruis
Jockey: Luis Saez
Ruis Racing LLC is made up by Mick Ruis Sr. a former Southern California horse racing trainer. Mick Ruis owns and operates the biggest scaffolding company in the US for Navy Ship Repair. Mick Ruis in house trainer, Shelbe Ruis (daughter) trains 24 horses including G1 winner, Union Strike Del Mar Debutante winner for him in SoCal circuit. Ruis Racing LLC has a stable made up of all ages but with one goal in mind, winning the Kentucky Derby.
Trainer: James A. Jerkens
Jockey: Jose L. Ortiz
The Stronach family and Adena Springs have bred and/or campaigned more than 200 stakes winners, including winners of two of the three U.S. Classic races and all three classics in Canada. Among these runners are 12 champions in two countries, including Horse of the Year & Hall of Famer, Ghostzapper and 2007 Eclipse Award Champion, Ginger Punch. When Adena Springs began operation, it was with the thought that it would be a private nursery, designed to provide horses for the Stronach Stable racing operation. These goals changed dramatically, almost from the beginning, and the focus of the farm is now epitomized by our approach to sales and stallions.
From the start, the Stronach family has been firmly committed to offering the best thoroughbred stallion roster anywhere, and we are extremely proud of our success.
Trainer: Doug O'Neill
Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione
A friend working as a Standardbred groom introduced Paul Reddam to racing when he was in high school in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. He's been a racing fan ever since and entered thoroughbred ownership in 1998 by claiming Ocean Warrior.
Since then, Reddam has found success in North America and in Europe. He won Breeders' Cup races with Wilko in 2004 and Red Rocks in 2007. Some of his many stakes winners are Square Eddie, Elloluv, Sharp Lisa, Cash Included, Swept Overboard and Mistical Plan.
Reddam reached the pinnacle of thoroughbred racing on May 5, 2012, when his Santa Anita Derby winner I'll Have Another streaked to a clear victory in the Kentucky Derby and, of course, followed with a win in the Preakness. Reddam has another serious horse on his hands in 2016 after Nyquist won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and Eclipse championship to become the early Kentucky Derby favorite, which he followed up with a Kentucky Derby victory. Other notable horses owned by Reddam include Gomo, Land Over Sea, Frank Conversation, Concave and Quiet Oasis.
Reddam earned his Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Southern California and was a professor at California State University, Los Angeles. In 1995, he founded Ditech.com, a mortgage loan company that was the first to use television and billboard advertising for current rates. He sold that company to General Motors in 1999. He is the president of CashCall, a finance lending company.
Trainer: Todd A. Pletcher
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Ronald Frankel and Jerry Frankel have been breeding, racing and buying thoroughbreds since 1978. Winning the Filly and Mare Turf with Dayatthespa at the 2014 Breeders' Cup was certainly a career best. They also won the Arkansas and Louisiana Derbies, the Gotham and ran in the brilliant Affirmed/Alydar 1978 Kentucky Derby. In addition they were awarded both Eclipse and New York Horse of the Year honors for Dayatthespa and for California horse of the year with Joey Franco. They have been producers of over 50 Broadway and International theatrical productions and won nine Tony awards which included August: Osage County, GlenGarry Glen Ross, Hair, Spring Awakening and All The Way. It took no more than five seconds after hearing of the plans for The Pegasus World Cup Invitational that Ron and Jerry knew that they wanted to be part of Frank Stronach's brilliant idea to open a new paradigm for thoroughbred racing.
Trainer: Reade Baker
Jockey: Luis Contreras
Reeves Thoroughbred Racing is a private racing stable, owned by Dean and Patti Reeves of Atlanta, GA. Dean, a native of Atlanta and graduate of Georgia Tech, is the Chairman and Co-owner of Reeves Young, a commercial contracting company established in 1952 that builds heavy civil, commercial, and water treatment projects throughout the Southeast. Dean is also the President of the Georgia Horse Racing Coalition, a non-profit group whose mission is to work with GA legislators to bring horse racing to the State of Georgia.
Patti owns Reeves Media, an outdoor advertising specialty firm based in Atlanta, as well as Island Displays, a billboard company in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
The Reeves formed RTR in 2009, with trainer Kathy Ritvo, who successfully campaigned “Mucho Macho Man” to numerous graded stakes victories, culminating with his thrilling win in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic. This win resulted in the NTRA Moment of the Year for 2013, and Mucho Macho Man won the Secretariat Vox Populi Award, as well as the Florida bred Horse of the Year Award, in addition to his Eclipse nomination. Kathy Ritvo, a heart transplant recipient, is the first female trainer to ever win the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Mucho Macho Man now stands at Adena Springs, KY, and the Reeves continue to breed, train, and race a stable with over 50 horses.
Partnering with the Reeves for the Pegasus World Cup is Eric Young, the Atlanta based President/CEO and Co-owner of Reeves Young, an entrepreneur whose experience includes building the Georgia Aquarium and many other landmarks throughout the Southeast. Eric retired from Brasfield and Gorrie before the age of 40, and became co-owner with Dean in 2006. Eric is the driving force behind growing Reeves Young to the leading company it is today. The Pegasus World Cup Invitational will be his first endeavor with horse racing.
Also partnering as Stakeholders are Randy and Marina Hill of Franklin Lakes, NJ. Randy is a seasoned professional in the financial services industry with an MBA from Farleigh Dickinson University, who co-founded PCS Research Services, a leading marketer of independent research on Wall Street. Marina is a freelance designer-consultant, who came to the US from Moscow Russia in 1993, graduated from Berkeley College with a Bachelor degree in Interior Design and Management, and received her Master Degree in Strategic Design Management from Parsons, The New School.
Randy and Marina own RA Hill Racing Stable, with many successful horses currently in training. Their team includes winning trainer George Weaver, and Racing Manager Bill Price of San Diego, CA. Together, the group looks forward to the business opportunity, fun, and excitement presented by being a founding stakeholder partner in the Inaugural Pegasus World Cup Invitational!
Trainer: Laura Wohlers
Jockey: Edgar Prado
Jim started purchasing horses in 1996, and throughout his twenty years in the business has had a few notable horses. He has owned Laydown (G3 winner), Wimbledon (winner of the Louisianna Derby), During (winner of the Swaps Stakes, San Felipe, Jerome Handicap and Discovery Handicap) and now 2015 Eclipse Sprint Champion RunHappy. RunHappy is Mr. McIngvale's first G1 winner (King's Bishop Stakes, Breeders' Cup Sprint and Malibu Stakes). Jim is well known for his strong beliefs of hard training and no-drugs in racing and because of that, RunHappy was the first horse on dirt since 1992's AP Indy to win an Eclipse Award and not run on the race day medication, lasix.
Trainer: Art Sherman
Jockey: Victor Espinoza
Taylor Made Stallions - Taylor Made Stallions is a division of Taylor Made Farm, one of the leading thoroughbred commercial breeding, boarding, and sales operations in the world. Located in the heart of the Bluegrass in Nicholasville, Kentucky, Taylor Made has been a family-owned-and-operated business since it opened its doors in 1976. The current owners were all mentored by the family’s patriarch, Joseph Lannon Taylor. The business is now run by the Taylor brothers – Duncan, Ben, Mark and Frank. Taylor Made is responsible for breeding, raising, or selling many of the industry’s biggest thoroughbred names spanning the last five decades, including 2015 Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah. For more information about Taylor Made Stallions or California Chrome, please visit www.taylormadestallions.com.
Perry Martin – Perry & Denise Martin are the owners of Materials Technology Laboratories Inc., parent company of Martin Testing Labs (MTL). R&D conducted at MTL led to the development of over 30 US patents in oxidation technology and the formation of TRUOX Inc. a producer of chemicals for fracking water treatments, the maintenance of pools & spas and additives for consumer products. The Martin’s passion is horses and they maintain breeding and racing operations in England, Kentucky and California. The Martin’s currently live in the picturesque small town of Alpine, WY.