Who Owns 2023 Kentucky Derby Horse Jace’s Road?
The 2023 Kentucky Derby is here, which means Spring has sprung, and it’s time for America’s annual focus on the sport of kings. It also increasingly means sports celebrities at the iconic Churchill Downs. And while Tom Brady and his buddies partying in a box are fun to watch, this year, there are several famous sports media personalities — Ian Rapoport, Joy Taylor, and Lindsay Czarniak — who actually own a piece of one of the racehorses. Here’s what you need to know about who owns Jace’s Road, the 2023 Kentucky Derby longshot.
Who Owns Jace’s Road in the 2023 Kentucky Derby?
The real answer to who owns Jace’s Road, the 32/1 longshot (per FanDuel) to win the 2023 Kentucky Derby, is West Point Thoroughbreds and Albaugh Family Stables LLC.
West Point Thoroughbreds is a racehorse syndicate founded by West Point grad Terry Finley, who is also the father of former Duke soccer and MLS player Ryan Finley. And Albaugh Family Stables is owned by Jason Loutsch and Dennis Albaugh. The latter is an Iowa-based billionaire who made his fortune in pesticides.
While Finley, Loutsch, and Albaugh are the primary owners of Jace’s Road, the minority owners are much more fun.
Through a program offered by America’s Best Racing called “A Stake in Stardom,” NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, FOX Sports host Joy Taylor, and FOX Sports reporter Lindsay Czarniak all have a minority stake in Jace’s Road.
All three sports media personalities are horse racing fans who’ve been to the Kentucky Derby before. However, this is the first year they’ll be at Churchill Downs as owners and maybe even in the winner’s circle.
What to know about Ian Rapoport, Joy Taylor, and Lindsay Czarniak’s 2023 Kentucky Derby horse
West Point Thoroughbreds and Albaugh Family Stables bought Jace’s Road at the 21 Keeneland September yearling sale for $510,000. That wasn’t the most expensive horse that day (which sold for $1.7 million), but it was well over the average price of $132,045.
The horse was on the more expensive side thanks to his sire (father), Quality Road. Jace’s papa opened as the favorite to win the 2009 Kentucky Derby before an injury made him a late scratch.
In 2023, fate may have paid the Road horse family back. Jace’s Road wasn’t initially slated for the 2023 Kentucky Derby. However, when Blazing Saddles withdrew from the race, Ian Rapoport, Joy Taylor, and Lindsay Czarniak’s horse stepped in.
Brad H. Cox, who won the 2021 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes with Mandaloun and Essential Quality, respectively, is Jace’s Road trainer. And Florent Geroux is the jockey who won the Derby on Mandaloun after Bob Baffert’s Medina Spirit was disqualified.