Wolf’s pack: Ownership syndicate Starlight Racing succeeds with tight partnerships—Thoroughbred Times, 7/13/2012 (PDF)
Our mission is to continue competing and winning at the highest levels and raising the bar in Thoroughbred partnerships.
Starlight Racing forms partnerships each year to purchase yearlings. We are unique in that, rather than selling a piece of each horse, we sell a percentage of that year’s crop of yearlings. We feel like owning a percentage of the crop gives each partner a better chance of finding a good horse and spreads the risk around in a more advantageous fashion.
We keep the number of partners in each partnership relatively low (especially when compared to other horse racing syndicates/partnerships) so that all of our partners feel like they own a piece of the horse as opposed to a piece of the tail. And we like to have the partners involved in each horse in the crop so that everyone has the same diversified "portfolio". Because we keep our number of partners low, it's imperative that each partner buy in at a minimum of 5-10%.
Please see below for frequently asked questions.
Starlight Racing - FAQ’s:
What makes Starlight Racing Partnerships different than most partnerships/syndicates? Starlight Racing is a unique racing partnership. Unlike many other partnerships (which take in tens if not hundreds of partners), we take pride in limiting the number of partners we accept so that everyone is able to share in the hands-on experience and thrill of Thoroughbred ownership and racing. Our managing partners invest their own money, do not mark up horses and do not charge any performance fees until the partner’s original capital has been returned.
How does a Starlight Racing Partnership Work? When you partner with Starlight Racing you own a percentage of that year’s entire crop. In search of the promising Thoroughbred stars of tomorrow, each year we purchase at public auction, almost exclusively, from the three premier yearling sales in North America: July Fasig-Tipton, Lexington; August Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select; and Keeneland’s September sale. All of the horses are purchased by the Starlight Racing team of Jack and Laurie Wolf, Donnie and Barbara Lucarelli and bloodstock agent, Frank Brothers.
Why do you limit the number of partners you take in? We believe in sharing the thrill of Thoroughbred ownership on a personal level. By accepting an unlimited number of partners it takes away from the hands-on experience and limits the participation of the partners. We like to think of our partners as family members who experience the game at the same level the managing partners do. Limiting the number of partners also creates a much better communication stream.
Is Starlight Racing the only partnership you have? No, we also have a ladies only partnership: StarLadies Racing. Please visit our StarLadies Racing section for more information.
Where can I find a complete list of all of your accomplishments? Please visit the Achievements tab on our site, and click here to watch a video of Starlight's stakes winners.
Where can I learn more about the Starlight Racing team? Click here for an overview video of Starlight Racing and to meet our team.
How do I find out more information on becoming a partner in Starlight Racing? Feel free to call or email us. We will be happy to provide you with further details on how our exciting partnership works and how you can join the team. We are currently accepting commitments for our 2015 partnerships. Please contact us with your intent to commit by the first week of July 2015 with no money due until September 2015.
For more information please contact Donna Barton Brothers at Donna@StarlightRacing.com or 502-645-2232.
StarLadies Racing is a relatively new partnership opportunity for female racing enthusiasts only, and consists of a small but diverse group of fillies.
Launched in 2013, StarLadies was the brainchild of Barbara Lucarelli and Laurie Wolf, two of the founding partners in Starlight Racing. Barbara and Laurie thought it would be fun (and, hopefully, rewarding!) to have a small partnership comprised of a few fillies and a few great women so that they could enjoy their passion for racing with other like-minded women.
The inaugural 2013 StarLadies Racing partnership consists of 9 partners and 5 fillies. The 2014 StarLadies Racing partnership includes 9 partners and 6 fillies. These small groups offers an intimate partnership and allows each woman the chance to be involved with the sport at, hopefully, a fairly high level, while minimizing individual risk. Barbara and Laurie serve as managing partners with Donna Barton Brothers facilitating communication between partners.
As with Starlight Racing’s core partnership, all horses are selected from the 3 premier yearling sales (July Fasig-Tipton; August Saratoga Select; September Keeneland) and all of the StarLadies fillies are purchased by the Starlight Racing team of Jack and Laurie Wolf, Donnie and Barbara Lucarelli and bloodstock agent, Frank Brothers. This new partnership in no way affects Starlight Racing’s core partnership.
StarLadies’ first fillies are now two years old and these lovely lassies have already had success on the racetrack. Click here to view photos and profiles of our StarLadies horses! Click here for an overview of StarLadies Racing recently featured on Lady and The Track.
If you’re interested in becoming a StarLady we are currently accepting commitments for our 2015 partnership. Please contact us with your intent to commit by the first week of July 2015 with no money due until September 2015.
For more information on becoming a partner in StarLadies Racing, please contact Donna Barton Brothers at Donna@StarlightRacing.com or 502-645-2232.
What they are saying about Starlight Racing Partners:
"The Key to a successful partnership is having a professional team looking out for your interests. Jack Wolf and Starlight Racing’s continued success sets the gold standard in Thoroughbred partnerships.”
Todd Pletcher…Six-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer and Kentucky Derby-winning trainer
“Ever since Jack Wolf became involved in Thoroughbred racing as Starlight Stables, I found him to be refreshingly straightforward and honest, and his integrity has continued with Starlight Racing and partner Donald Lucarelli. I always kid Jack about being lucky in this game, but he has always made his own luck by making smart and shrewd business decisions and surrounding himself with only the best, whether it be bloodstock agents or his trainer Todd Pletcher. And he has done this by always maintaining a good sense of humor and being grounded in the often harsh realities of the sport. When Jack tells you something, you can go to the bank with it.”
Steve Haskin…Award winning journalist for Blood-Horse Magazine
“I’ve been involved in Thoroughbred ownership for many years. There is nothing more exciting than the thrill of watching your horses run and no one does it better than Starlight. They’ve assimilated one of the best racing operations in the country and their record speaks for itself. There’s a great comfort level knowing people like Jack and Donnie are looking out for your best interest and I am thrilled to be in partnership with them.”
Ed Glasscock…prominent KY attorney