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Wolf to be honored by Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners

Thoroughbred owner Jack Wolf, who in nearly a decade and a half in racing has enjoyed major success on the racetrack and assumed a leadership role in the industry's efforts to grow and improve aftercare programs for retired racehorses, will be honored by Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners (KTO) as the organization's 2013 Warner L. Jones Horseman of the Year.

The Louisville-based KTO has presented the Warner L. Jones Jr. Horseman of the Year Award annually since 1989. The honor is bestowed upon a member of the horse industry who displays the spirit and passion for the sport exhibited by the late Warner L. Jones Jr., the famed Kentucky Thoroughbred breeder and horseman who was the owner and master of Hermitage Farm and also served as chairman of the board of Churchill Downs.

A graduate of Louisville's St. Xavier High School, Wolf attended Murray State University on a football scholarship and later taught at the school as a graduate assistant. Upon departing Murray State, he began what would become a very successful career in the investment world that culminated in a post as hedge fund manager with Columbus Partners in Atlanta.

That business success allowed Wolf and his wife, Laurie, to enter the Thoroughbred industry as owners in 2000 and they enjoyed near-immediate success with stars that included two-time champion filly Ashado, and Harlan's Holiday, whose nine wins in 22 career starts included victories in the Blue Grass, Florida Derby and Donn Handicap. He was the post-time favorite for the 2002 Kentucky Derby, where he finished seventh to War Emblem, and was runner-up in the 2003 Dubai World Cup.

The Wolfs moved back to Kentucky in 2007 and immersed themselves in the horse industry on a full-time basis with the launch of Starlight Racing partnership. That horse-ownership venture enjoyed quick success at the sport's highest level with a roster of stakes winners headed by Shanghai Bobby, the unbeaten champion two-year-old of 2012 and winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Other notable horses campaigned by Starlight Racing include Grade 1 winners Hilda's Passion, Octave, Monba, Take the Points and Purge.

Along with his continued success as a principal of the growing Starlight Racing partnership, Jack Wolf has taken a leadership role in horse industry issues beyond the track as a founder and board president of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA). The organization was created to serve as an accrediting body for facilities that care for Thoroughbreds following the conclusion of their racing careers. The TAA also offers financial support in the form of grants to accredited aftercare operations.

Wolf has also served on the board of Thoroughbred Charities of America.

Wolf will be honored during the KTO's 26th annual awards dinner, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. (EST) on Saturday at the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville, Kentucky. Seating for this special event is available at $125 per ticket or $1,000 for a table of eight. Tickets can be purchased by calling the KTO's Marlene Meyer at (502) 458-5820.

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