Starlight Racing principal and Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance president Jack Wolf has been selected by Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners as the organization's 2013 Warner L. Jones "Horseman of the Year."
Wolf will be honored during the KTO's 26th annual awards dinner Saturday, Nov. 23 at the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville. The event begins at 6 p.m. (EST), with tickets costing $125 each or $1,000 for a table of eight.
Presented by the Louisville-based KTO, the award is awarded a member of the horse industry who displays the spirit and passion for the sport exhibited by the late Warner L. Jones Jr., the prominent Thoroughbred breeder and horseman who was the owner of Hermitage Farm and also served as chairman of the board of Churchill Downs.
After a successful career as a hedge fund manager, Wolf and his wife, Laurie, made their foray into horse ownership in 2000 and they enjoyed near-immediate success with stars that included two-time Eclipse Award champion and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Ashado and Harlan's Holiday, whose nine wins in 22 career starts included grade I victories in the Toyota Blue Grass, Florida Derby, and Donn Handicap, before a successful sire career.
In 2007, the Wolfs established the Starlight Racing partnership entity, which has campaigned champion Shanghai Bobby and grade I winners Hilda's Passion, Octave, Monba, Take the Points, and Purge, among others.
Wolf, a trustee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, was a founder of the TAA, which was created to serve as an accrediting body for facilities that care for Thoroughbreds following the conclusion of their racing careers. In addition to its accreditation function, the TAA offers grants to accredited aftercare operations. Wolf has also served on the board of Thoroughbred Charities of America.
More information on the KTO dinner is available from Marlene Meyer at (502) 458-5820.