|Breeder||James T. Hines, Jr.|
James T. Hines, Jr.|
Stonewall Farm (May, 2006)
Todd Pletcher (October 2006)
|Lawyer Ron is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Donation by Langfuhr. He was born around 2003 in the United States, and was bred by James T. Hines, Jr..|
Risen Star Stakes (2006)|
Southwest Stakes (2006)
Rebel Stakes (2006)
Arkansas Derby (2006)
St. Louis Derby (2006)
Oaklawn Handicap (2007)
Whitney Handicap (2007)
Woodward Stakes (2007)
|American Champion Older Male Horse (2007)|
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
|Last updated on July 11, 2009|
Lawyer Ron (foaled March 1, 2003 in Kentucky, died July 11, 2009) was an American thoroughbred race horse. He was bred and owned by James T. Hines, Jr., an entrepreneur who started his first company, Premium Allied Tool, in Owensboro, Kentucky in 1966, and it became a multi-million dollar business. Hines became involved in thoroughbred horse racing in 1995, but died at the age of 69 in a drowning accident in his home swimming pool on February 20, 2006 just before Lawyer Ron's victory in the Rebel Stakes. The estate and Lawyer Ron's racing career were both managed by Mr. Hines' lawyer, Ron Bamberger, for whom the horse was named.
A majority interest in Lawyer Ron was bought by Stonewall Farm of Midway, Kentucky in the week preceding the 2006 Kentucky Derby. In 2007, he raced as a 4 year old under the banner of Hines Racing LLC, and stood at stud for Stonewall Stallions Farm after he retired.
Lawyer Ron broke his maiden on October 10, 2005 in a maiden race at Keeneland Race Course. The race was Lawyer Ron's first ever race on a dirt track and he won it by 3 and 1/2 lengths. On December 9, 2005 in an allowance race at Louisiana Downs, Lawyer Ron drew away from the field to win by ten lengths. Lawyer Ron had another impressive performance in the Diamond Joe Stakes at Evangeline Downs on December 31, 2005, when he won the race by eight lengths.
Although Lawyer Ron dominated in races on the dirt, his performances on the turf and polytrack surfaces were less than stellar. Overall he was 0-7 away from the dirt, only finishing in the money four times. However he won nine of his next twelve races (and placed second in one), all on dirt.
Risen Star Stakes
In the 2006 Grade III Risen Star Stakes held at Louisiana Downs on January 14, Lawyer Ron displayed one of the best races of his career. He broke well and was in second heading into the first turn. He stayed just to the outside of the leader, Mark of Success, before passing him early on the backstretch. Lawyer Ron and Mark of Success battled all the way down the backstretch and into the final turn with Mark of Success on the inside and Lawyer Ron on the outside. Mark of Success continued to press Lawyer Ron for the lead early in the final stretch until Lawyer Ron opened up and pulled away to an 8 length victory.
The 2006 Southwest Stakes was held on February 25 at Oaklawn Park featuring Lawyer Ron as the odds-on favorite. Lawyer Ron broke strongly from the gate to take an early lead. He proceeded to set the pace staying comfortably ahead of his competitors. Heading down the stretch Steppenwolfer made a strong surge challenging for the lead, but Lawyer Ron held him off to win by 3/4 of a length.
In the 2006 Grade III Rebel Stakes held at Oaklawn Park on March 18, Ron got a less than stellar start and wound up trapped against the rail in fifth. Coming out of the first turn he moved to the outside but remained in fifth down the backstretch. Jockey John McKee and Lawyer Ron made their move at the start of the second turn. Moving strongly up the field, Lawyer Ron had taken the lead by the time he came out of the turn. Lawyer Ron did not let up down the stretch, charging to a 3 length win.
The 2006 Arkansas Derby was a $1 million Grade II stakes race run at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas on April 15, 2006. Lawyer Ron was an odds-on favorite in the race and did not disappoint. As the race started, Lawyer Ron was bottled in between horses in fourth. He charged up the rail coming out of the first turn to gain the lead. After gaining the lead, Ron held off his competitors at about a 1-1/2 lengths, until he was challenged by Private Vow coming out of the second turn. Lawyer Ron then pulled away and won by 2-3/4 lengths over a late surging Steppenwolfer.
In most of Lawyer Ron's victories, he jumped out to an early lead and set the pace. All of his wins were characterized by a strong driving finish. In the 2006 Rebel Stakes, Lawyer Ron demonstrated the ability to come from the back of the field as well. Lawyer Ron's ability to both start and close a race made him a favorite to win the 2006 Kentucky Derby according to many experts. He left the gate in 6th place in the Derby but after the first turn moved quickly to 2nd place where he remained down the long back side. He tired at the top of the stretch and finished 12th.
Ridden by John Velazquez and hard to handle in the early part of the race, on September 30 Lawyer Ron lost to Curlin by a neck in a stretch dual in the Grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park. The early fractions, set by Brother Bobby, of 24:26, 47:88, and 1:11:66, were fought by Lawyer Ron as he raced second behind Brother Bobby, giving Velazquez an apparently difficult ride.
Through his early racing carer, while Bob Holthus was trainer, Lawyer Ron was ridden by John McKee, who called the colt, "one of the best horses he had ever ridden." McKee was the primary rider for Lawyer Ron's trainer, Bob Holthus. Prior to the 2006 Kentucky Derby, McKee had two Derby mounts: Greater Good in 2005 and Por Prado in 2004.
Beginning in October 2006 Lawyer Ron was conditioned by multiple Eclipse Award winning trainer, Todd Pletcher. On February 11, 2007, Lawyer Ron, who continued rank throughout his career (certainly losing any chance he had in the 2006 Breeders' Cup Classic which went to Invasor), was under jockey John Velazquez for an optional/allowance claiming race at Gulfstream Park. Velazquez kept control of the headstrong colt, forcing him to settle, and then steady behind the field, until finding his opening for the win.
In the $500,000 Oaklawn Handicap held April 7, 2007 Lawyer Ron was ridden for the first time by Edgar Prado. Although previously a headstrong horse, he settled early and effortlessly moved to the lead on the outside passing the three-eighths pole and barreled into the stretch with a clear advantage. He was pulling away at the end and won by 4 lengths. Prado never used the whip on him.
John Velazquez rode him to a track record time of 1:46.64 in the 2007 Whitney Stakes and then again a few weeks later in the Woodward Stakes (although not a record), he won over a fast track by 8 1/4 lengths in a time of 1:48.60. In late October, he finished seventh in the 2007 Breeders' Cup Classic at Monmouth Park Racetrack on a sloppy track.
In November 2007, Lawyer Ron retired with an initial stud fee of $30,000 at Stonewall Farm in Versailles, Kentucky. On July 11, 2009 Lawyer Ron died from complications after colic surgery. At the age of six, he was standing only his second season. His first crop of foals arrived in 2009.
|7th||Breeders' Cup Classic||One and one-quarter miles||Monmouth Park||Sloppy|
|2nd||Jockey Club Gold Cup||One and one-quarter miles||Belmont Park||Fast|
|1st||Woodward Stakes||One and one-eighth miles||Saratoga Race Course||Fast|
|1st||Whitney Stakes||One and one-eighth miles||Saratoga Race Course||Fast|
|3rd||Salvator Mile Handicap||One mile||Monmouth Park||Fast|
|2nd||Metropolitan Handicap||One mile||Belmont Park||Fast|
|1st||Oaklawn Handicap||One and one-eighth miles||Oaklawn Park||Fast|
|1st||Optional/Allowance Claiming||One Mile||Gulfstream Park||Fast|
|9th||Breeders' Cup Classic||One and one quarter miles||Churchill Downs||Fast|
|1st||St. Louis Derby||One and One-Sixteenth Miles||Fairmount Park Race Track||Fast|
|12th||Kentucky Derby||One and One-Quarter Miles||Churchill Downs||Fast|
|1st||Arkansas Derby||One and One-Eighth Miles||Oaklawn Park||Fast|
|1st||Rebel Stakes||One and One-Sixteenth Miles||Oaklawn Park||Fast|
|1st||Southwest Stakes||One Mile||Oaklawn Park||Fast|
|1st||Risen Star Stakes||One and One-Sixteenth Miles||Fair Grounds Race Course at Louisiana Downs||Fast|
|1st||Diamond Jo Stakes||One Mile||Evangeline Downs||Fast|
|1st||Allowance Opitional Claiming||One Mile||Fair Grounds Race Course at Louisiana Downs||Fast|
|4th||Grand Canyon Handicap||One and One-Sixteenth Miles (Turf)||Churchill Downs||Firm|
|3rd||Allowance||One and One-Sixteenth Miles (Turf)||Churchill Downs||Firm|
|1st||Maiden||Seven Furlongs||Keeneland Race Course||Sloppy (Sealed)|
|5th||Maiden||Six and One-Half Furlongs||Turfway Park||Fast|
|2nd||Maiden Claimer||Six Furlongs||Turfway Park||Fast|
|7th||Maiden||One Mile (Turf)||Ellis Park Racecourse||Firm|
|3rd||Maiden||One Mile (Turf)||Ellis Park Racecourse||Firm|