NFL free agent Jacob Tamme experienced a new kind of sporting achievement on Wednesday when a Thoroughbred racehorse he co-owns, Con Te Partiro, won the Sandringham Stakes in an upset at the prestigious Royal Ascot meet in England.
Con Te Partiro defeated 23 other 3-year-old fillies in come-from-behind fashion, taking home the winner’s share of a £70,000 purse as a 20-1 longshot for owner Hat Creek Racing, jockey Jamie Spencer, and trainer Wesley Ward. The race came on day two of the five-day Royal Ascot meet in Ascot, Berkshire, attended annually by Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the royal family.
Tamme is a part of Hat Creek Racing, the racing partnership that owns Con Te Partiro. She is based in Kentucky and has competed at tracks there as well as in New York, California, and now the U.K. Tamme was at Keeneland Race Course in April 2016 when the filly won her first career race.
“To be at Keeneland for her maiden win last year and see her smoke the field was an unbelievable experience for me and my family,” Tamme told BloodHorse in February. “When she walked into that winner’s circle, I saw a look in her eye that was something really special. It basically was saying, ‘Bring on eight more and let’s do it again.’ She was a competitor, and you could see it. Just to see that look in her eye was so cool. I just have a great deal of respect for the animals and for their talent … They are so amazing to me."
Tamme came to love horse racing naturally: The Danville, Ky., native played football for the University of Kentucky in the heart of horse country before spending nine years playing professionally for the Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons. His racehorse ownership was a result of a chance meeting with a racing industry executive on a plane into Lexington, Ky. He now also owns and operates a cattle and Thoroughbred farm in Kentucky, Tamme Valley Farm.