Jack, just like his dad Marion, is one of the few special people you meet in a lifetime. I worked for both of them and it left me with an experience that I will never forget and that helped me to work hard and succeed in life. To this day when I run into Jack he is always the ultimate gentlemen. He calls my wife ma'am and if wearing a cap or hat tips it to her.
Andrew Faull said:March 22, 2013 5:09 am PST
G'day Chris. Delighted to hear you are about to publish a book on Jack's lifetime of achievements!! What a great charcter!! I will keep an eye on this website to place an order when it's released. I had the absolute privilege of spending a few weeks with Jack in 1992 then again as his guest at the Derby in 94 when Blumin Affair sloshed his way down the straight for a game 3rd placing. I still have the trainers badge he gave me that afternoon. Memorable days and as good as our Melbourne Cup carnival is nothing can beat the atmoshere of churchill downs in May. My very good fortune to meet Jack was a result of a chance meeting with his son Tom in the highlands of Scotland when we were backpacking after university studies. Jack picked me up from LAX while tom was still a few days from flying back from London. Jacks generosity to a poor undernourished australian was humbling as I went from baked beans to beverly hills restaurants and his right hand man in the mounting yard at Hollywood park!! Essentially the guy is a legend and very deserving of his story being told. I am planning a trip back to the US in November this year and plan to take in the breeders cup at Santa Anita and will definitely want to catch up with Jack. I still owe him a bottle of Armagnac! If you get a chance I would be very grateful if you could pass on my kindest regards and if possible give me his email address or at least pass on mine. Cheers Andrew Faull, Ballarat, Australia
barney core said:March 17, 2013 3:56 pm PST
When Jack was leading trainer I was training horses and he would always stop and talk to me. He would win 3 or 4 races a day and still treat people with respect. And help you if he could.
Lauren Bartels said:March 16, 2013 7:59 am PST
I think you can judge a book by the cover and it looks great.
Dee Mazour said:February 28, 2013 11:52 am PST
Jack, it's been a long time. Happy to hear that everything is going well. Congratulations on your book. Sales will be great, I'm sure. Our friend Bob would have been so proud. I wish you the best always...
Forrest Story said:February 24, 2013 9:50 am PST
Congratulation Chris on a story that not only needs to be told but chronicles one of the all time greats of racing. I am so glad I heard Mike Wilman and Kurt Hoover interview you on Thoroughbred L.A. Led me to this wonderful website.
Sheila Day said:February 23, 2013 2:06 pm PST
Looking forward to you coming to Churchill Downs for a book signing. I will be one of the first in line. Thanks for all the great memories. Best of luck
Hi Jack...It has been years since Jr high and high school,but I remember you like it was yesterday.I am so very happy you have had such a full and great life. Best wishes to you
Marilyn Shemek Leonard said:February 16, 2013 9:30 am PST
Just got Jack on my Facebook..just found him. My husband, Tom Shemek and I worked for Jack on the farm in Kentucky..Tom worked for him as a groom for many years and was acquainted with Jack's dad, Marion...and his mom. I worked in the office on the farm for a year and lived in one of jack's houses on the farm. Loved Kentucky!!!
Comments from Art Kelly said:February 13, 2013 4:32 pm PST
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My Dad, Art Kelley raced with Jack's Dad, Marion back in Nebraska and Illinois and he remembers when Marion claimed his first horse at Fairmont Park, the horse's name and who Marion claimed it from. Dad is 94 years young and still has a great memory for his age. Jack sent him a hat this past summer and signed it for him. Jack also helped our organization raised funds for our online auction last spring so we can continue to help thoroughbreds in need of retirement and rescue. Thank you Jack and hats off to you.
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