Longtime fans Jack and Laurie Wolf became owners in 2000 when they formed Starlight Stables and purchased six yearlings. A member of that initial group of Starlight runners was Harlan's Holiday. Purchased for $97,000, the colt developed into a multiple Grade 1 winner with career earnings of $3.3 million. During the next few years, the Wolfs and partners campaigned a number of high-profile runners, including the two-time champion filly Ashado, who won six Grade 1 races.
In 2007, the Wolfs, who live in Louisville, Ky., and Saratoga Springs, N.Y., formed a new company, Starlight Racing, with Don and Barbara Lucarelli of Duanesburg, N.Y. Starlight Racing's goal is to compete for the top prizes in racing with a select few new partners. Starlight's top runners include 2008 Blue Grass Stakes winner Monba, Grade 1 winner Octave, Grade 1 winner Take the Points and the multiple graded stakes-winning sprinter Hilda's Passion.
Susan Magnier is the daughter of the legendary Irish trainer Vincent O'Brien, who won 42 classic races in Europe during his career. Her husband, John Magnier, is the managing partner of Coolmore Stud, the world's largest breeding operation, which is based in Ireland.
Tabor moved into racing in a big way in the mid-1990s after selling his 114-shop betting company, Prince Arthur, in Great Britain to rival Coral. He succeeded Robert Sangster as a partner in the Coolmore Stud business. Tabor made a splash in America in May 1995 when Thunder Gulch, acquired in a private sale the previous fall, won the Kentucky Derby.
Smith is an Englishman who worked for the British bookmakers, Ladbrokes, before leaving in 1988 to go into business on his own, and he became very successful in property and currency trading. Among the horses he has owned in partnership with Tabor are Lion Heart, Pomeroy, Sense of Style and Chapel Royal. He has been a partner in top horses George Washington and Hurricane Run, winner of Irish Derby and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.