Owner: Estate of Jess Jackson
Born: Feb. 18, 1930, Los Angeles. Died April 21, 2011
Residences: Healdsburg, Calif. and Lexington, Ky.
Family: wife, Barbara Banke; five children
A lawyer by trade, Jess Jackson and his family bought an 80-acre pear and walnut orchard in California in 1974. He converted it into a vineyard and sold the grapes to local wineries. In 1982, a downturn in the grape market forced him to make his own wine. In the years since, the Kendall-Jackson label has become one of the most popular labels in the country.
Jackson named his racing operation after his father. Although he raced Thoroughbreds for a time in the 1960s, Jackson re-entered the game in 2003, and in 2005 he acquired farms in Kentucky and Florida.
Stonestreet is best known for campaigning 2007 and 2008 Horse of the Year Curlin and 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra. The remarkable filly produced her first foal, a colt by Curlin, in 2012, subsequently named Jess’s Dream. Jackson did not live to see the birth of his dream foal, having died nearly a year before of cancer.
His wife, Barbara, has continued Stonestreet following her husband’s death.
The first Grade I winner both bred and campaigned by Stonestreet is My Miss Aurelia, who secured an undeafeated two-year-old season that included victories in the Grade II Adirondack at Saratoga, the Grade I Frizette at Belmont and the Grade I Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Churchill Downs. She was named champion two-year-old filly of 2011.