R.A. Hill Stable and Gatsas Stables

Vekoma, the 9-5 morning-line favorite for the Toyota Blue Grass (G2), races for R.A. Hill Stable of Raymond Hill III of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, and Gatsas Stables of brothers Mike and Ted Gatsas of Manchester, New Hampshire.

Hill, who went to the races at Monmouth Park with his mother, as an adult was a frequent visitor to Saratoga. When a Wall Street deal paid off, he decided to buy a couple of horses to run at the Spa. That was 17 years and many horses ago.

Today Hill owns 20 horses, most in partnerships and trained by George Weaver, Danny Gargan, Bill Mott and Rudy Rodriguez. He also owns two broodmares, one in foal to Kitten’s Joy and the other in foal to Uncle Mo.

Hill, who earned his undergraduate degree from Rutgers and his MBA from Farleigh Dickinson University, in 1982 co-founded PCS Research Services, a Wall Street research firm. Continuing that business, he co-founded Wall Street’s HRC Partners in 2003, managing hedge funds and mutual funds.

Members of the Gatsas family have been involved in racing for years through Sovereign Stable, Gatsas Thoroughbreds and Gatsas Stables. An early Gatsas Stable runner was New York-bred millionaire and state-bred champion Gander, who won 15 of 60 starts from 1998-2004. Trained by John Terranova II, Gander competed in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) in 2001 and 2002.

Gatsas Stables race 20-25 horses with John Terranova and Weaver.

Mike Gatsas graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1973 with a degree in economics. He and Ted co-founded Staffing Network in 1988 and 11 years later sold the business to Vincam, which merged with ADP. In 2003, Mike founded Trivantus, offering payroll services and benefits and human resource administration.