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Banke, Lear, Rankin Elected to The Jockey Club Board of Stewards

Barbara Banke, William M. Lear Jr., and R. Alex Rankin have been elected to the board of stewards of The Jockey Club. Lear has been reelected, while Banke and Rankin are filling the expired positions of Everett R. Dobson and John W. Phillips.

Banke previously served on the board of stewards from 2016-2020 and has been a member of The Jockey Club since 2013. She is a Thoroughbred owner and breeder and proprietor of Jackson Family Wines, based in Santa Rosa, California. She owns Stonestreet Stables, which has campaigned champions such as Curlin, Rachel Alexandra, Good Magic, Lady Aurelia, and My Miss Aurelia. Stonestreet-bred horses have won more than 80 graded stakes races and earned nearly $80 million on the racetrack. Banke serves on the board of the Breeders’ Cup, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, and Keeneland and on the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) American Graded Stakes Committee.

Lear has served as vice chairman of The Jockey Club since 2015 and has been a member of The Jockey Club since 2010. He is the chairman emeritus of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC, the Kentucky-based law firm that counts among its clients Keeneland, Breeders’ Cup, The Jockey Club, TOBA, the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, and a number of Thoroughbred breeding and racing operations. Lear currently serves on the board of Keeneland and Commonwealth Seed Capital LLC.

Rankin has been a member of The Jockey Club since 2016 and has been the chairman of Churchill Downs Inc. since 2018. He has also served as president and board member of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, president and director of the Kentucky Derby Museum, director of Breeders’ Cup Limited, and director of Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders. He is the chairman of the board of Sterling G. Thompson Company in Louisville, Kentucky, and founder of Upson Downs Farm in Goshen, Kentucky.

In addition to Banke, Lear, and Rankin, the board of stewards consists of Dr. Larry Bramlage, C. Steven Duncker, William S. Farish Jr., Ian D. Highet, Stuart S. Janney III (chairman), and Vinnie Viola.

The Jockey Club, founded in 1894 and dedicated to the improvement of Thoroughbred breeding and racing, is the breed registry for North American Thoroughbreds. In fulfillment of its mission, The Jockey Club, directly or through subsidiaries, provides support and leadership on a wide range of important industry initiatives, and it serves the information and technology needs of owners, breeders, media, fans and farms. It founded America’s Best Racing (, the broad-based fan development initiative for Thoroughbred racing, and in partnership with the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, operates OwnerView (, the ownership resource. Additional information is available at