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Jake Ballis – A Houston, Texas native, has had a profound passion for horseracing from a young age. Jake grew up attending races with his father’s who owned several renowned thoroughbreds including Eclipse, Champion Sprinter and Millionaire Groovy.

After finishing college at the University of Houston, where he played college basketball, Jake sought out a way to get his family back in the horse racing game. Soon after, Jake purchased his first horse, Join in the Dance and took his family on the ride of their lives all the way to the Kentucky Derby. While Join in the Dance only finished 7th in the Derby, the thoroughbred accumulated $450,000 over her career.


Black Type Thoroughbreds opened as a public syndicate in 2019 and the results have been staggering after our first three purchases! In 12 starts, all in MSW, allowance, and stakes races, Black Type is winning at 41% and finished in the money 66% of the time!

Black Type Thoroughbreds has recently added 2 horses to the roster this two-year-old sales season, a filly by American Freedom and a NY bred colt by Union Jackson. We continue to grow and expect to have a big year from our team. Check out some of our success stories from previous Black Type horses below. 


Success stories

  • Ran in 2009 Kentucky Derby, finishing 7th
  • Runner-up in G2 Pennsylvania Derby & G3 Tampa Bay Derby
  • Career earnings: $442,050
  • Set track a Saratoga track record in winning the G3 Glens Falls Stakes
  • Winner of the Rood and Riddle Dowager Stakes and the Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon Stakes
  • Career earnings: $558,973
  • Runner-up in G3 Delta Down Princess Stakes
  • Placed third in G3 Rachel Alexandra Stakes
  • Career earnings: $186,610
  • Sold by partners for $350,000
  • As a broodmare, her colt by Pioneerof the Nile sold for $950,000 at the 2018 Keeneland September Yearling Sale
  • Set Keeneland track record in winning the G2 Hagyard Fayette Stakes on Breeders’ Cup weekend
  • Winner of the G2 Oaklawn Handicap and G3 Razorback Handicap
  • Career earnings: $748,000
  • Winner of the Fasig-Tipton De La Rose Stakes and the Pebbles Stakes
  • Runner-up in the G2 Royal Heroine Stakes and the G2 Buena Vista Stakes
  • Career Earnings: $498,160
  • Sold for $500,000 as a broodmare prospect at 2018 Fasig-Tipton November Sale
  • Winner of the Ladies Handicap at Aqueduct
  • Runner-up in G3 Turnback the Alarm Handicap
  • Career Earnings: $289,564
  • Winner of the G2 San Marcos Stakes and G3 Pilgrim Stakes
  • Runner-up in G2 Commonwealth Derby
  • Placed third in G1 Awesome Again Stakes
  • Career earnings: $510,259
  • Winner of the G3 Skip Away Stakes and the Homecoming Classic Stakes
  • Ran in 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic, finishing 7th
  • Career earnings: $283,908
  • Placed third in the G3 Vagrancy Handicap and the Dashing Beauty Stakes
  • Career earnings: $223,932
  • Placed third in Riskaverse Stakes at Saratoga
  • Sold privately to Juddmonte Farms
  • Winner of the the Nellie Morse Stakes and the Maryland Racing Media Stakes
  • Career earnings: $193,495
  • Promising 3-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid
  • Two wins and one runner-up finish in three starts as a 2-year-old in New York, including an allowance-optional claiming race at Aqueduct

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Lexington, KY
(713) 540-9000