With one of the most sparkling records in the sport, the Starlight Racing team has achieved success in the elite Grade I sphere for more than a decade. This remarkable accomplishment reflects Starlight’s primary goal—competing and winning at the highest level—and its commitment to reach that goal year after year.
Our horses compete at premier meets across the globe, from Kentucky and New York to Florida and California, and overseas in Dubai. The successes we’ve shared include:
63 stakes victories (45 graded, 19 Grade 1)
3 Eclipse Awards (Ashado, 3YO Filly 2004 & Older Female 2005; Shanghai Bobby, 2YO Male 2012)
7 Kentucky Derby starters
3 Kentucky Oaks starters, with 1 win (Ashado 2004) and 1 second (Octave 2007)
6 Breeders’ Cup starters, with 2 wins (Ashado, Distaff 2004; Shanghai Bobby, Juvenile 2012), 2 seconds (Ashado, Juvenile Fillies 2003; Octave, Juvenile Fillies 2006) and 2 thirds (Ashado, Distaff 2005; Octave, Distaff 2007)
Our list of stable stars includes 2012 undefeated 2-year-old champion Shanghai Bobby, two-time Eclipse Award winner and 2014 Hall of Fame electee Ashado, 2007 Kentucky Oaks runner-up Octave, undefeated graded stakes winner Algorithms, and the standout colt who started it all, Harlan’s Holiday. To view our Honor Roll of stars and their accomplishments, please click here.
In 2015, our success continued with Fountain of Youth (G-II) winner Itsaknockout and promising Sanford Stakes (G-III) winner Uncle Vinny. For the StarLadies, their first crop of fillies included the stakes placed (Davona Dale, G-II, Gulfstream Park Oaks, G-II) Eskenformoney and Tonasah (Matron, G-II, Adirondack, G-II). In 2016, Starlight Racing has continued to enjoy success against top competition with graded stakes winner Itsonlyactingdad in the WinStar Matchmaker Stakes (G-III). We also have a full stable of other promising 2 and 3-year-olds for both Starlight and StarLadies Racing. To view our current roster of horses, please click here.
Starlight Racing began in 2000 as the culmination of founders Jack and Laurie Wolf’s virtually lifelong interest in racing. In 2004, Donald and Barbara Lucarelli joined the Starlight team as principals, and Jack and Donnie serve as managing partners of Starlight, with Laurie and Barbara serving as StarLadies managing partners. Our team also includes six-time Eclipse Award-winning and Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Todd Pletcher and world-renowned bloodstock agent Frank Brothers. Top jockeys such as John Velazquez, Javier Castellano, Joel Rosario and Mike Smith are typically aboard Starlight runners. Together this team gives us the significant advantage of professionals with longstanding records of winning the biggest races at the best racetracks.
In our search for the promising Thoroughbred stars of tomorrow, each year we form partnerships to acquire yearlings at the Fasig-Tipton July, Saratoga Select August, and Keeneland September sales. A select group of new partners is welcome to join us, and we invite inquiries for 2017 partnerships. We look forward to sharing the Starlight adventure with you!