Owner John Ed Anthony, a 1961 graduate of the Univ. of Arkansas, is the chairman of his family-owned timber company, Anthony Timberlands, based in southern Arkansas since 1907. For his achievements in racing, particularly in Arkansas, he was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.
Formerly racing as Loblolly Stable, Anthony bred and raced notable champions starting with Temperence Hill, winner of the 1980 Arkansas Derby and Belmont Stakes, and followed closely by Vanlandingham, the 1985 champion older horse, who helped launch the career of Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey. In 1992 and ’93, he won back-to-back editions of the Preakness Stakes in with Pine Bluff and Prairie Bayou. The latter would be named champion 3-year-old that year.
Now racing as Shortleaf Stable, Anthony has won the Fantasy once (Aztec Hill, 1993), the Oaklawn Handicap twice (Cox’s Ridge, 1978; Temperence Hill 1981), the Rebel Stakes five times (Temperance Hill, 1980, Vanlandingham, 1984, Demons Begone, 1987, Pine Bluff, 1992 and Dalhart, 1993) and the Arkansas Derby three times (Temperence Hill; Demons Begone, and Pine Bluff).