Albaugh Family Stable

Doug O'Neill

Admire is the fourth starter in the Toyota Blue Grass (G2) for Albaugh Family Stable, which won the race in 2016 with Brody’s Cause. Trainer Dale Romans, who also conditions Admire, saddled Brody’s Cause and sent out Albaugh Family Stable’s other starters in the race, J Boys Echo (fourth in 2017) and Free Drop Billy (third in 2018).

Albaugh Family Stable is the Iowa-based racing operation of Dennis Albaugh and his son-in-law Jason Loutsch.

Albaugh is founder and CEO of the privately held agrochemical company Albaugh LLC, a worldwide leader in crop protection. Albaugh, who is recognized as Iowa’s first billionaire, became interested in racing during childhood trips to now-closed Ak-Sar-Ben race track. In 2005, he spent $42,000 for a 2-year-old Trippi filly. Named Miss Macy Sue, the filly became a Grade 3 winner who earned $880,915. Her son Liam’s Map, by Unbridled’s Song, won the 2015 Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) at Keeneland.

Working with Steve Castagnola of Kempton Bloodstock, Barry Berkelhammer of AbraCadabra Farms, trainers Dale Romans and Kelly Von Hemel, Albaugh Family Stable purchases many racing prospects at Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale. They include two winners of Keeneland’s Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1): Brody’s Cause (2015) and Free Drop Billy (2017).

Albaugh also was part of the Donegal Racing partnership that owned Grade 1 winner Paddy O’Prado, who was second in the 2010 Toyota Blue Grass (G1) and third in the Kentucky Derby (G1). The hope of racing a Derby winner led Albaugh to build his own stable.