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Harlan’s Holiday with Starlight’s Managing Partner, Laurie Wolf

Starlight Racing was born out of Starlight Stables, which was founded in 2000 as the culmination of founding partners, Jack and Laurie Wolf’s virtually lifelong interest in thoroughbreds and horse racing. That first year, the Wolf’s purchased six yearlings at the Fasig-Tipton July Sale in Kentucky.

Among those six horses was a very special yearling the Wolfs would name Harlan’s Holiday.

Harlan’s Holiday was a colt that ran with his heart on his sleeve. He amassed $3.6M in earnings, and won three grade 1 stakes races, and was second in the Dubai World Cup. At the time, it was the world’s richest race.

Harlan’s Holiday spent his breeding career standing stud at Airdrie and Winstar. Like his racing career, his stud career was decorated with successes. In 2012, Harlan’s Holiday became Champion Juvenile Sire, an achievement that again, put him in the lime-light. This incredible colt that went on to become an incredible sire, fueled Jack and Laurie’s passion, and that passion never left them. He remains a source of inspiration that continues to drive Starlight and StarLadies Racing to this day. 

Starlight Stables changed to Starlight Racing in 2002 when Jack and Laurie formed their first racing partnerships. Fast forward to today: we’ve now had over thirty graded stakes champions run in our famous blue and yellow silks. It’s a process that begins at the most elite auction houses in North America in order to acquire yearlings with the finest bloodlines and potential. 

Starlight horses have competed—and continue to compete—at premier meets across the globe, from the exclusive North American meets in Kentucky, New York, Florida, and California, to the richest races in Dubai and Saudi Arabia. 

Overview

Jack and Laurie Wolf, both long-time racing fans, first ventured into horse ownership in 2000 under the stable name Starlight Stables. In 2002, they began accepting partners and changed their banner to Starlight Racing. Then, after more than a decade of racehorse ownership, multiple graded stakes champions, and the understanding it takes to establish an all-women’s partnership catering to the specific needs of women involved in racing, Laurie founded StarLadies Racing.

In 2020, Starlight Racing and StarLadies Racing both kicked off international ventures with Starlight Australia, StarLadies Australia, and StarLadies France divisions. This foray into the international arena is our most recent and substantial endeavor. With Starlight Australia, our horses are in training with Peter & Paul Snowden, Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott, John Moore, Richard & Michael Freedman, and Team Hawkes.

Whether you buy into Starlight Racing or StarLadies Racing, we offer our members the rare opportunity to participate at the highest levels of the sport, while gaining exclusive access to racing’s biggest events.

In addition to the major national and international races that Starlight and StarLadies horses run in, we also offer several opportunities a year for our partners to socialize. Whether it’s to cheer on one of our champions in a major stakes race, attending the yearling sales at North America’s most prestigious auctions, or to gather in Ocala, Florida in February to watch Starlight and StarLadies babies go through their first works, Starlight has an exclusive and exciting event planned for you!  

Overview of our two partnerships

To our partners and potential partners, we offer two distinct partnerships that you may buy into: Starlight Racing and StarLadies Racing:

We do not sell shares of individual horses because we offer the same level of service and performance to all of our partners. We want all of our partners to be involved with all of the horses, and to share in all of their successes. In order to accommodate this unique and successful model, we choose to sell units of an overall crop, instead. Learn more about joining our partnership on our FAQs page.

Starlight Racing

This is our founding partnership. Starlight Racing contains horses owned 100% by Starlight, as well as a percentage of multiple other horses. Starlight Australia is a spinoff syndicate that we own in partnership with industry peers. 

Starlight Racing has campaigned such notables as Harlan’s Holiday, our multiple Grade 1 winning colt with $3.8M in earnings; Ashado, our two-time Eclipse Award-winning mare and Hall of Fame inductee with earnings of $3.9M; and Shanghai Bobby, our Eclipse Award-winning, undefeated 2-Year-Old champion with earnings of $1.8M. 

In addition, we own horses in conjunction with some of our favorite industry peers. These include champions such as Justify, winner of the 2018 Triple Crown, and Authentic, winner of the 2020 Kentucky Derby, Breeders’ Cup Classic, Horse of the Year, and 3-Year-Old-Male. 

Starlight Australia is our newest, international endeavor, and it is a truly unique and innovative syndicate-experience. We feel fortunate to be at the forefront of it and have enjoyed the start of this new segment developing champion colts and high-level commercial stallion prospects for the international arena. 

Visit our division pages to read more about these exciting new segments of Starlight Racing.

StarLadies Racing

We think of our standalone StarLadies Racing division as possibly our most exciting and fun-filled segment. We created StarLadies just for the ladies and they just race fillies! This division has owned such notables as our champion Eskenformoney ($757K in earnings), and Firsthand Report ($351K in earnings).

With this ladies-only partnership continuing to thrive since its 2013 inception (StarLadies has a 23.4% win and a 62% in-the-money lifetime average), we created two international spin-off divisions in 2019 for our StarLadies partners. Our StarLadies France and StarLadies Australia horses are owned in partnership with industry peers and afford our partners the exciting opportunity to travel overseas with an amazing group of women.

Visit our StarLadies division page to read more about this exciting, women-only segment.

Journey to The Races: Breaking Two-Year-Olds

We are so proud of all that our partnerships have to offer. Please take a look at our history and awards to learn more about us. Buy-ins happen on a yearly basis and are for partnership horses purchased in that year only.

This allows us to keep our partner-base intimate while passing on the greatest benefit possible to our partners. Read more about Starlight Racing, Starlight Australia, and our standalone, ladies-only partnership, StarLadies Racing on their individual pages.

Please also see our FAQs page to learn more about pricing and how our model works.

If you are ready to experience the thrill of a lifetime participating in racing at the highest levels, please contact us to make a commitment.