Industry Profile: Owner of Kentucky Derby contender Honor A.P.

And a Horse Named After Kobe

Lee Searing fell in love with horse racing before he made it out of elementary school.

As a young boy growing up in southern California, trips to the track were a cherished family tradition for the owner of one of this year’s top Kentucky Derby contenders.

“I started going to the racetrack with my father and my mother and my grandfather when I was 8 years old, so I didn’t miss many weekends at the track,” Searing told the Herald-Leader in a phone interview. “I have very wonderful memories with my father and my grandfather and my mother with me and my brothers going to the races at Del Mar, Hollywood Park and Santa Anita.”

Searing, 73, is president of Searing Industries — the family business founded by his father which specializes in industrial tubing. He parlayed his passion for racing into a second career as a successful horse owner. Along with his wife, Susan, Searing owns C R K Stable. Lee and Susan, who met in high school and have been married for nearly 50 years, named the stable in honor of their three children: Christina, Richard and Katherine.

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