Lewis Mathews Jr.
Born: April 23, 1962 in Pine Bluff, AR
Residence: Bismarck, AR
Family: Wife Sheri, Daughters Amber and Brooke
Primary Job: Founder and President of Arkansas F & I, Auto Dealer Consultant Firm
- Got his start in ownership in 2004 after hitting a Pick-6 and took his winning’s down to the horsemen’s bookkeeper, opened an account, got a license and hired Tom Howard as his trainer on the advice of longtime friend and fellow owner Frank Fletcher.
- Claimed Ivan Fallunovalot in March of 2014 at Oaklawn for $25,000 and the gelding has since won 15 races, including seven stakes.
- The Texas-bred gelding earned his second straight victory in the $100,000 King Cotton Stakes in 2016 and closed out the year by winning his first graded stakes in the Grade 3 De Francis Dash at Laurel Park.
- Founder and President of Arkansas F & I, Auto Dealer Consultant Firm
- His father was a blacksmith and Mathews would follow him from farm to farm and developed a love of horses. Mathews attended the races at Oaklawn Park as a 16-year-old and became a big fan of the sport.
- Has served on the Board of Directors for the Arkansas Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Horsemen’s Association for the past five years.