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Type the name Jess Jackson into a search engine and chances are you'll skim across the term “billionaire.” While this brief description accurately sums up the late Jackson’s net worth — he ranked as one of the richest men in the world — such a simple one-word designation cannot even scratch the surface of Jackson’s depth as a businessman and sportsman.

In a manner reminiscent of the legendary King Midas, seemingly anything Jackson touched would turn to gold, and this applied wholeheartedly to his involvement in Thoroughbred horse racing.

Once in a while, a horse comes along and is so memorable that multiple tracks across the country decide to name races in its honor. Such is the case with the great mare Bayakoa, the first two-time winner of the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff.

The city of Lexington, Ky., has long been considered the center of Thoroughbred breeding in the United States. Ironically, a racehorse named Lexington was equally pivotal in developing the modern American Thoroughbred, so much so that he could be considered just as influential as the city itself.

Not bad for a stallion that was blind!

For many modern racing fans, the name Hollie Hughes might not ring a bell. But many years ago, the name Hughes was known through the racing industry as the name of a trainer equally adept with both “flat runners” and steeplechase horses.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Pat Riley and Phil Jackson dominated the National Basketball Association coaching ranks, accounting for 10 championships between them. But during the same time frame another basketball coach was even more dominant than the two NBA legends, he just chose to ply his trade in a different sport.

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