Stars shine in Thoroughbred racing partnerships

Drew Brees at Del Mar

Drew Brees at Del Mar

New Orleans Saints star quarterback Drew Brees, head coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis, who are partners in Last Mango Racing Stable formed by Saints vice president of communications Greg Bensel, experienced the thrill of seeing their racehorse cross the wire first in a recent race at Fair Grounds.

And who led the winning racehorse, Who Dat Ambush, into the Fair Grounds winner’s circle on this afternoon?

Last Mango partner Jimmy Buffett. Yes, that Jimmy Buffett.

Thoroughbred racing partnerships are an ideal way for newcomers to get into the Sport of Kings as a horse owner. Typically, a general manager sets up the operation, which includes picking out the horses, selecting the trainer(s) and soliciting partners. The partners in the racing partnership have little or no say in the operations but they get to enjoy the experience of attending the races as a Thoroughbred horse owner.

Read more about some of the major Thoroughbred horse racing partnerships

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Rich Nilsen is an 18-time qualifier to the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), an event he has cashed in four times. He was the first player to finish in the top 10 of the NHC twice. A former executive with and a member of the NHC Players’ Committee, Rich is a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program and is founder of, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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