Marc Wampler has been involved in the thoroughbred industry since 1993. At various points in his career he has worked as a hot-walker (see thoroughbred definitions, “agent”), groom, sales show person, veterinary assistant and bloodstock agent. All of which provided invaluable experience for his present positions as Managing Partner of Pocket Aces Racing and PHW Equine Investments.
From 1993 to 1996 Marc worked as a groom in the yearling and broodmare divisions of the prestigious Lane’s End Farm. Also, during that period served as hot walker and groom for the famed Calumet Racing Stable.
From 1996 to 2000 Marc was employed by Equine Analysis Systems, Inc. where he was charged with inspecting and evaluating young racehorses, for potential private purchase, at dozens of race tracks across the United States, from Golden Gate Park (San Francisco) to Gulfstream Park (Miami) and many race tracks in between (31 to be exact). In this capacity, Marc played an integral part in the private purchase of numerous graded stakes winners and millionaires. Marc also met the needs of the company’s clientele located in Dubai, Germany, France, England and Ireland. This experience provided an excellent opportunity to evaluate some of the best breeding stock, racing prospects and racehorses in the World.
In 2000, Marc formed Classic Thoroughbreds International, Inc., a bloodstock agency whose focus is client representation at public thoroughbred horse auctions. Marc selected, as young racing prospects, Graded Stakes winners Artemus Sunrise, Tiberius Caesar and Stakes winners Chan Chan and Three in the Bag. The agency also served as Racing Manager for Rich Meadow Farm and helped guide their homebred, Slew Valley, to victories in the Grade 2 King Edward Breeders’ Cup and the Grade 3 Connaught Cup.
Currently Marc holds the positions of Managing Partner for Pocket Aces Racing and PHW Equine Investment, a private investment group that grossed over $380,000 in sales for first year and is anticipating a banner year in 2006 with the sales of 6 excellent foals in November.
He is primarily responsible for horse selection, sales representation, horse related personnel and race management.
Jared Shoemaker is a lifelong fan of the thoroughbred horse racing industry. He holds a Master’s Degree in Sport Management from the University of Kentucky. After a brief stint in the private sector, Jared spent 9 years as the Assistant Director of Athletics and Director of Sports Information at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, OH. He currently works in the pharmaceutical industry.
He is primarily responsible for member relations, communications, and financial management.
Steve Margolis took over primary training duties for Pocket Aces Racing in 2012. Primarily based at Churchill Downs through the spring and summer and at Fairgrounds in the fall and winter. Steve has won nearly 500 races and more than $17,000,000 in purses. He finished 2012 ranked 77th in North America in earnings. He ranked 49th in earnings in 2011. He has conditioned numerous stakes winners including Breeder's Cup Sprint (GI) winner Cajun Beat.
Susan Anderson will take on some training duties for Pocket Aces Racing in 2013. Susan is based throughout the year at Turfway Park. She began training in 1987. She spent 10 years in Dubai from 1990 - 2000. In 2012 she won at an 18% clip and finished in the money more than 43% of the time.