Breeders' Cup: A Who's Who of Owners
The Breeders' Cup is the premiere place for American equine athletes to be found in the fall. Not only can the horses win some of the biggest purses they'll run for in their careers, they can also rise to greatness and put themselves into contention for year-end awards here.
But equine stars aren't the only ones that will be in attendance at the Breeders' Cup. While the horses will be getting all the attention on November 3-4, some of them have names that anyone up-to-date on pop culture would recognize.
While horse racing has multiple famous owners, here are eight that you will probably see in the stands at Santa Anita.
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum
While there may be no royalty in America, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum helps keep the "Sport of Kings" title alive for horse racing.
Sheikh Mohammed owns Godolphin, LLC and Darley. He is also the constitutional monarch of Dubai and will be sending multiple horses to the Breeders' Cup.
His headliner horses include Travers (gr. I) winner Alpha in the Breeders' Cup Classic and one of the most talked-about three-year-old fillies of this year, Questing, in the packed Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic.
Gary Barber is involved in horse racing both as a hobby and in his professional life.
The owner of In Lingerie is the CEO and co-founder of Spyglass Entertainment, which has produced many successful movies, including The Sixth Sense.
Barber himself is the executive producer of over 50 movies, including Seabiscuit.
He has multiple horses running in the Breeders' Cup, but In Lingerie is his biggest star. She was the winner of the October 7 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland.
Eugene Melnyk is the owner of the NHL's Ottawa Senators. While Melnyk currently doesn't have any professional hockey to watch due to the 2012 NHL lockout, he will be entertained the first weekend in November by his racehorses.
Bridgetown will be headed to the Breeders' Cup for the third time. In 2009, he finished second in the Juvenile Turf and, in 2010, finished fourth in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.
He is going into this year's Turf Sprint with a two-race winning streak.
B. Wayne Hughes
B. Wayne Hughes's Spendthrift Farm won the Breeders' Cup Mile last year and look to bring home more Breeders' Cup trophies in this year's Championship.
Hughes is the founder of Public Storage. He is on Forbes' list of the 400 richest people in the nation after starting the company with only a $50,000 investment.
Hughes has at least one Breeders' Cup entry in Beholder, if all goes according to plan.
While there are multiple options, race-wise, for the two-year-old filly, her first preference is for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint against the boys. The filly hasn't won a stakes race yet but was second behind Executiveprivilege in the Del Mar Debutante Stakes (gr. I).
His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV is another member of Royalty who has horses in the Breeders' Cup.
The 49th and current Imam of Nizari Ismailism does not rule over any geographical territory but is the head of the denomination of Ismailism within Shia Islam.
He has a stud in Ireland, where popular former racehorse Sea the Stars currently stands. The Aga Khan's Ridasiyna won a Win and You're In Breeders' Cup race in Europe for the Breeder's Cup Filly & Mare Turf. She has won four out of five starts, with three of those being stakes.
His Highness will also be sending Grade I winner Shareta to the Breeders' Cup Turf.
Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber is an English theater icon with long-running shows both on Broadway and in the West End.
Lord Webber has numerous honors under his name, including a knighthood, and he has won seven Tony Awards, three Grammy Awards and an Academy Award, among others.
His filly, The Fugue, is a Grade I winner in Europe and looks to run in the Filly and Mare Turf, with a second preference against the boys in the Turf. The three-year-old filly comes in with only one off-the-board finish in seven starts.
Barbara Banke is the widow of Jess Jackson, of Kendall-Jackson wine fame in Napa. Banke owns Stonestreet Stable, the co-owner of last year's Juvenile Fillies winner, My Miss Aurelia.
My Miss Aurelia is scheduled to run in the Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic, while Banke also has the talented Dreaming of Julia and Kauai Kate headlining her other entries.
Former baseball player and manager Joe Torre may not have much to smile about on the baseball front, with all of his former teams done for the season, but he is looking forward to having a lot to smile about at Santa Anita on November 3.
Torre played baseball from 1960 to 1977 on three different teams, before fluidly stepping into the role of manager. He first managed the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves until 1981 and moved to three different teams, before retiring from the manager's position of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2010.
Torre co-owns Game On Dude, one of the favorites for the Breeders' Cup Classic and Horse of the Year honors. Game On Dude finished second in last year's Classic and looks to win the race this year in his home state.