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

Top Horsemen supporting wounded U.S. Soldier

It’s only a starter allowance with a $27,000 purse, but a race for 2-year-old fillies a week from Sunday, October 9, might as well be the Kentucky Derby for a young Marine named Josh Hotaling, who earlier this year returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan severely wounded by a roadside bomb that destroyed both of his legs.

Thanks to some generous Thoroughbred owners who embraced Hotaling’s love of horse racing, the Marine is now part-owner of Under Protest, a daughter of Friends Lake, and if the filly wins, there is going to be one very happy and emotional group of people in the winner’s circle.

READ THE FULL STORY from the Paulick Report