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Get to know the owners of Belmont Stakes 2021



The 153rd edition of the Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets will take place on June 5th when some of the best 3-year-old thoroughbreds on Earth converge on Belmont Park for the “Champion’s Test”. Get to know the owners of these elite racehorses below!


Horse: Rombauer

The owners: John and Diane Fradkin

About: John and Diane Fradkin found success with their very first starter in a Triple Crown race when their Rombauer-bred colt won the Preakness Stakes on May 15th. has gradually grown into one of the top racehorses in its age group over the next few months.

Rombauer secured an automatic berth in the Preakness when he won the El Camino Real Derby, and the Fradkins decided to skip the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve and point to the second Jewel in the Triple Crown.

John Fradkin spent several years as a professional horse player before starting his breeding business with his wife Diane.


Horses: Essential quality and romance of the rebels

Owner: Godophin

About: Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, also known as Sheikh Mohammed, is the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Emir of Dubai. Passionate about horse riding, he is the founder of the Godolphin racing stable belonging to the Maktoum family and of its thoroughbred breeding with operations in six countries. In 2012, he rode the horse Madji Du Pont 160 km to win the FEI World Endurance Championship.


Horse: Hot Rod Charlie

The owners: Roadrunner Racing, Boat Racing, Strauss Bros. Racing and Gainesway Thoroughbreds

About: Roadrunner Racing is a partnership led by Greg Helm, former publicity manager and current vice president of Desert Classic Charities. Patrick O’Neill is a 26-year-old Brown graduate and Vice President of Sales and Strategic Partnerships at Founder Sport Group. He, along with the Brown Frat brothers and football teammates Eric Armagost, Dan Giovaccini, Reiley Higgins and Alex Quoyeser, make up Boat Racing.

William Strauss was co-founder and CEO of Proflowers, an online flower shop and currently serves on the board of directors of the Thoroughbred Owners of California. A resident of Del Mar, Calif., Strauss found the winner’s circle as an owner with horses such as The Pamplemousse, Turbulent Descent and Mizdirection.

Gainesway is one of Kentucky’s premier thoroughbred studs. Founded by the late John Gaines, who designed and led the Breeders’ Cup squad, it was purchased in 1989 by South African businessman Graham Beck, who died in 2010. The farm is now run by his son Antony Beck and is currently standing. North American leader Tapit.


Horse: Bourbonic

Owner: Calumet Farm

About: The name Calumet is one of the most well-known names in the history of motor racing. Founded by William Monroe Wright, the farm has produced eight Kentucky Derby winners and two Triple Crown winners. In 1992 Henryk de Kwiatkowski bought the farm where she operated under his name and then under a trustee name before Brad Kelley took over the operation in 2012. In 2013 Kelley began using the Calumet name for his stable. He had previously operated under the name Bluegrass Hall.

Kelley leases the farm to Calumet Investment Trust, which purchased the property in 2012 for an estimated $ 36-40 million. Kelley also owns Hurricane Hall and Bluegrass Hall, the latter formerly Nelson Bunker Hunt’s Bluegrass Farm. One of the ten largest landowners in the United States with over 1.2 million acres, Kelley is an active conservationist.


Horse: Known agenda

Owner: St. Elias Stable

About: St. Elias Stable is the running operation of Vincent Viola, owner of the Florida Panthers hockey team, founder and executive chairman of e-commerce company Virtu Financial, and former chairman of the New York Mercantile Exchange. Viola graduated from West Point Academy and served in the U.S. Army Reserves.


Horse: Rock your world

The owners: Hronis Racing and Talla Racing

About: Hronis Racing is the racing operation of brothers Kosta and Pete Hronis, of which Hronis Inc. is a family farm in the San Joaquin Valley of California. The Hronis brothers became racehorse owners in 2010 and over the next decade they found success with horses, including the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Classic 2018 Accelerate. Michael Talla is a co-founder of Sports Club LA and fell in love with horses riding broncos who grew up in Arizona.


Horse: Overtook

The owners: Repole Stable, St. Elias Stable, Michael B. Tabor, Susan Magnier and Derrick Smith

About: Repole Stable is owned by Mike Repole, a self-made New York billionaire who founded VitaminWater, Smartwater, Bodyarmor and Pirate’s Booty. Repole has owned several high performance racehorses during his tenure in the thoroughbred industry including Stay Thirsty, Notacatbutallama, Stopchargingmaria and Uncle Mo.

See the entry above on the known diary for more information on Vincent Viola’s Saint-Elias stable. Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable campaigned, Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic 2019 winner Vino Rosso.

The Magnier family, renowned for Coolmore Stud, were well known in the South of Ireland for their high quality show jumping stallions long before the birth of Coolmore founder John Magnier. In business since the 1850s, the name Magnier has been associated with a whole host of top stallions, including Deep Run, who was showjumping champion for the 14th consecutive year in 1993. Susan Magnier is the daughter from the famous Irish trainer Vincent O “Brien, one of the turf legends who won 42 classic races in Europe during his career. Michael Tabor was the owner and president of Prince Arthur betting shops in Britain. It sold the 114 stores on September 29, 1995 to Coral, the country’s third largest betting operator. Tabor first found success in North American races with Thunder Gulch, winner of the Kentucky Derby in 1995 and the Belmont Stakes. Englishman Derrick Smith is also a former bookmaker and commercial director of Ladbrokes. Smith co-owns the Sandy Lane Hotel, a luxury five-diamond Barbados getaway.


Horse: Brooklyn strong

Owner: Mark Schwartz

About: Mark Schwartz is a Brooklyn native who attended Brooklyn College before becoming an insurance executive. Brooklyn Strong, which Schwartz bought for just $ 5,000, is the New Yorker’s very first racehorse.


Horse: France Go by Ina

Owner: Yuji inaida

About: Yuji Inaida is the son of the late owner Yasushi Inaida who wore the colors of France Go De Ina before his death in 2018. His son then took over his horses and his real estate company, continuing his father’s legacy. (Information courtesy of Kate Hunter)



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