Thoroughbred owner Jess Jackson dies at 81

Prominent Thoroughbred owner Jess Jackson, who campaigned Horse of the Year honorees Curlin and Rachel Alexandra under his Stonestreet Stable colors, died in his sleep Thursday at his Geyersville, Calif. home following a battle with cancer. He was 81. “He's an irreplaceable human being,” trainer Steve Asmussen, who trained Curlin and Rachel Alexandra, told the Daily Racing Form.

Jackson is survived by his wife, Barbara Banke, who races as Grace Stables; children Jennifer Hartford, Laura Giron, Katie Jackson, Julia Jackson and Christopher Jackson; and grandchildren Hailey Hartford and MacLean Hartford.

The Kendall-Jackson website stated that in lieu of flowers, Jackson’s family is requesting donations to the Family Justice Center of Sonoma County, Redwood Empire Food Bank, Boys and Girls Club of Sonoma County, Racetrack Chaplaincy of America and Belmont Child Care Association.

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