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The Jackson Family is as passionate about thoroughbred breeding and racing it is about wine. The family formally entered the equine world in 2003 when Barbara Banke and Jess Jackson began attending breeding and auction events in and around Kentucky. Within five years, they had built Stonestreet Farm, a world-class breeding and training facility in Lexington, Kentucky that has produced multiple award-winning thoroughbreds.
The family’s horse Curlin is an all-time North American top money earner with 10 major wins including the 2007 Preakness Stakes, 2007 Breeders' Cup Classic and 2008 Dubai World Cup. Curlin was named Horse of the Year in 2007 and 2008. From 2008-2010 their horse Rachel Alexandra had 10 major wins including the 2009 Preakness Stakes; she was also named the 2009 Horse of the Year.
As of 2014, Stonestreet has bred 24 horses that have won a combined 46 Graded and Listed stakes races. The Jacksons own or have interests in such famed stallions as Curlin, Eskendereya, Astrology, Maclean’s Music, Ghostzapper and Kantharos. The Jackson’s Grace Stables – Grace being an acronym for “Girls Rule and Competently Endure” – is home to Hot Dixie Chick, a multiple stakes winner who had a Filly by Smart Strike in March 2014.