Building New Frontiers
Starlight West is the brainchild of Starlight’s founder, Jack Wolf. Formed in 2018, our west coast division has allowed us to partner with a few of our favorite, and highly talented industry peers. SF Bloodstock, Madaket Stables, Winstar Farm, and Stonestreet Farm are just a few of the notable names we have partnered with. This segment also represents our second newest offering to our Starlight partners.
In terms of increased scope and strategic playing advantage, Starlight’s partners were richly rewarded in 2018 when they bought in to a horse with only one lifetime start named Justify, thus making racing history and giving our partnership the honor of becoming one of few owners to have ever won a Triple Crown title. This is thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious race series. Justify then went on to become Eclipse Award winning Horse of the Year, amassing earnings of $3.8M. He currently stands at Coolmore’s North American division, Ashford Stud. His success also led to the formation of Starlight West—the partnership between Starlight Racing, SF Bloodstock and others.
Beyond Justify, And Our Triple Crown Win
In 2019, Starlight West gave us such exceptional runners as grade 1 winning 2-year-old, Eight Rings, and grade 1 winning 3-year-old, Improbable. We also have up-and-coming talents, Charlatan and Authentic, both unbeaten heading into their potential 2020 Triple Crown campaigns.
While we retain 100% ownership of our main division of Starlight horses, our partners are enjoying the addition of our Starlight West horses with Bob Baffert. This has allowed them to benefit from the best of both models.
We believe our stellar success, year after year, is due to the dedication of our team, the feedback we get from our partners, the people and organizations we choose to partner with, and our willingness to adjust our mode of operations to capitalize on opportunities.
Our main Starlight division has 19 years of accolades behind it and we are proud to now add Starlight West’s record-breaking feats to our performance roster. Despite being only two years old, Starlight West is producing incredible results for Starlight’s partners through our strategic partnerships:
- Justify Eclipse 2018 Horse of the Year, 2018 winner of the Triple Crown. Undefeated. Multiple Grade 1 winner. Earnings of $3.8M. Undefeated.
- Audible NYTB 2018 Champion Three Year Old Male, Grade 1 winner of Florida Derby. Earnings of $2.1M
- Improbable Multiple graded stakes runner, Grade 1 winner of the Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity. Earnings of $920K
Our current runners include such notables as:
- Eight Rings Grade 1 winner of the American Pharaoh Stakes
- Authentic Grade 2 winner of the San Felipe Stakes, and Grade 3 winner of the Sham Stakes. He is now 3 for 3 and undefeated.
- Charlatan Ran a 105 Beyer, and then a 106 Beyer in his first two starts! He is undefeated.
(We have a long list of champions that we’re very proud of. To view our complete list, please click here.)
Starlight’s bloodstock advisor Frank Brothers is joined by Donato Lanni and Henry Field for our Starlight West division. The result is a yearling class that has been hand selected by a combination of the best bloodstock and conformation experts in the industry.
Young Horse Development
From the sales, we send our yearlings to one of several premier farms, and they are given time to mature. This is a crucial stage of development. After our babies have gained the mental and physical maturity to begin training, we send them to Eddie Woods Training Center, in Ocala Florida.
Eddie is a renowned expert in young horse development. Here, our babies are handled under-saddle for the first time, and they learn about starting gates, and galloping in sets.
Off To The Races
With that foundation, we send the majority of our Starlight West horses to Bob Baffert. Baffert has won 15 American Classic races, including a sweep of the Triple Crown in 2015 with American Pharoah and then again in 2018 with Justify. He’s also won 15 Breeders’ Cup races and holds four Eclipse Awards as the Nation’s Leading Trainer. Baffert is one of the mostly widely recognized names in horse racing and his these are just a handful of his many achievements.
We also send our Starlight West babies to an up-and-coming French trainer, Rodolphe Brisset. He is a former assistant trainer to Bill Mott, and is based in Kentucky. Top jockeys such as Hall of Fame riders John Velazquez, Mike Smith, and Javier Castellano are typically aboard Starlight runners.
We feel blessed to work with these experts. We have an all-star team and that’s a big part of our stellar performance from year to year. Their time and expertise produces a standard of excellence we pass on to our partners.
Our consistent national ranking and performance records shows the success of that strategy.
(Visit our team pages to read bios on our Young Horse Development and Training Team. To find out more about our horses that train with Todd Pletcher, please see our Starlight Racing page. To learn more about our horses that train with Peter Snowden, please see our Starlight Australia Division.)
Reach for the Stars
We are a benefactor to racing, and a custodian of the mighty thoroughbred sport horse. Because we’re so serious about preserving both the breed and the sport, we’ve made it a part of our mission, vision, and values.
We don’t just buy and race our horses, we stay active in the industry. That commitment enables us to provide you with everything you need to get involved with, and enjoy this thrilling sport. And by joining Starlight, you enter the sport at the highest levels.
When you join, you also become a part of our family. For our partners, we eliminate the headache of managing the day-to-day running of an expensive and time-consuming operation. You’ll also meet like-minded individuals whose passion for racing is just as great as yours!
We are fortunate to have low partner turnover, and are grateful to have partners that have been with us from the start. We think it’s a good indication of the level of our delivery, and the consistency of our service and performance.
When to Join*
Our partner buy-in season opens from May to July, and closes in August. Please let us know of your interest in joining Starlight or StarLadies any time of year, and join our newsletter to keep abreast of share-availability, news, and events.
*Buy-ins occur 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. Please also see our FAQs page to learn more about pricing and how our model works.