Westrock Stables (Scott & Joe Ford)
Residence: Little Rock, Ark.
- A son-father team in racing and business, the Fords made their fortune with Alltel, the telecommunications company which Scott led as C.E.O. through several acquisitions after taking over for his father in 1996. Scott Ford was at the helm when Alltel was purchased by Verizon Wireless in 2009. He now heads his own capital management firm and Westrock Coffee, which is Oaklawn’s exclusive coffee supplier.
- The family started with Quarter Horses, but made the transition to Thoroughbreds in the mid-2000s through partnerships with Dogwood Stable before forming their own outfit in 2008 under the guidance of Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas. They also use several other trainers, including another Hall of Famer, Bob Baffert.
- Best runner in 2016 was the promising 2-year-old filly Torrent, who is out of their stakes winner Tidal Pool. Other top runners include graded stakes winner Den’s Legacy, multiple stakes winner Sky’s Kingdom, Grade 1 winner Secret Compass, Decelerator and Be Fair, Northern Giant, who became the stable’s first Triple Crown race starter and Hamazing Destiny, who nearly pulled the upset at 23-to-1 odds when second in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Sprint.