ATLANTA RACING STABLE SCORES 300th VICTORY
When Keystone Jones flashed past the wire by 4 ½ lengths in her red, white & blue Posse Racing Stable silks Friday at Penn National Race Course, it marked the 300th career win for Georgia Horse Racing Coalition VP, Jack Damico and his many partners over the years. Keystone Jones a three-year-old filly by Smarty Jones was bred in Pennsylvania by Jack and his partners. Per Damico “We breed and race many of our horses in Pennsylvania due its lucrative incentive owners & breeder’s programs for PA-Bred race horses.”
Based on the north side of Atlanta, Damico and partners have had to race primarily at East Coast and Mid-west racetracks outside of Georgia since pari-mutuel horse racing in has not yet been legalized in the State. Jack, other board members and many supporters have been working hard at the Georgia State Capitol to make pari-mutual wagering on horseracing a reality.
The Posse Racing Stable and East Coast Partners managed by Jack, started and still is a group of good friends who love the sport of Thoroughbred horseracing. They enjoy the thrill of being part owners in these magnificent athletes whether they compete in a stake or claiming race.
For the Damicos, it is very much of a family affair who attend the various auction sales in FL, KY and NY. Many of the stable’s catchy horse’s names come from Jack’s wife Becky and their children. The Damicos also support Cabin Creek Rescue a non-profit organization in Bernville, PA which rescues, rehabs and retrains racehorses for new careers outside racing.
Over the years the partners have campaigned many nice race horses including but not limited to stakes horses such as American Dreamer, America’s Friend, Cin Cin, Legacy Wildcat, Paint Me Red, Rebecca Mae, Timely Threat and U So Bad. Others of special note include Crucial Time winner of eleven races, six-time winner Atlanta National named for the Pete Dye golf course Jack co-founded in 1987 and Arrow’s Flight who won nine races including five in-a-row at Gulfstream Park. Damico remarks “Arrow is still living the good life at Cabin Creek Rescue with Jodie Pointer where he will permanently reside.”
Starting in 2016, Jack and his partner Tom Schulte started a breeding operation at the Schulte’s Southern Oak Farm in Ball Ground, GA. So far they have three yearling colts, and two broodmares with their weanlings at their side. “We currently buy, breed, foal and sell our horses in Kentucky to make them eligible for the Kentucky Owner/Breeder award programs, but raise them right here in Ball Ground. Hopefully, Georgia will one day have its racetrack and Owner/Breeders programs so that we can keep all of our investment dollars in State”.
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