Jess “Stonestreet” Jackson may not be a name that everyone recognizes but you’re sure to recognize the names of his beloved horses. This well known American Wine Entrepreneur has a history in many industries but in the past five years he had the pleasure of owning two of the most well known horses in America.
In 2007 Jess Jackson made a major horse purchase that would shake up the world of horse racing. Curlin, who went on to win the Preakness and the Breeders cup , was a major player in the 2007 and 2008 racing years and was been wildly successful! Winning major races in both the states and around the world, Curlin put Jess Jackson on the map as a horse owner.
Two years later in 2009 he made another major purchase, the amazing Rachel Alexandra. This filly shook up the world in 2009 winning both the Kentucky Oaks as well as the Preakness. Her Preakness win was something for the record books being the first filly since 1924 to win the coveted leg of the Triple Crown upsetting Mine That Bird. She was also the first Kentucky Oaks winner to win the Preakness! Girl power at its greatest!
Both of these amazing horses share a connection beyond their owner, in 2011 Rachel Alexandra was retired and in her first year of retirement was bred to her stablemate, Curlin! It is a match made in racing history!
Jess Jackson will surely be remembered for a very long time with his few but amazing horses that have amazed all of us by blowing up the track and leaving so many in their dust. As Breyer does often with champions they have created Rachel Alexandra, Jess Jackson’s power filly, for their traditional line. This beautiful mare is shown in the last stretch of the race reaching for that finish line, like any champion! Her distinctive blaze and bright bay color can be recognized by any of her fans.
Truly a legend that was in the making, the racing world mourns the loss of Jess Jackson but his legacy lives on through Curlin, Rachel Alexandra and their foal due in 2012. Who knows, maybe we’ll have another stakes winner, but only time will tell, but as always, Golden Oak Stables will be there with all the news!