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|Alex and JoAnn Lieblong
Stats Updated Through: 3/4/2010
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Biography and Highlights:
- Born: Alex: Nov. 2, 1950 in Conway Ark. ... JoAnn: born in Texas, but raised in Conway, Ark.
- Residence: Conway, Ark. on an 80-acre farm that used to have cattle
- Family: son Jason
- Education: Alex attended University of Central Arkansas in Conway before being drafted into the United States Army ... “Thank God because I did not like college,” Lieblong said.
- Breeding/Racing Operation:
- In partnership, the couple campaigns 2010 Oaklawn handicap (G2) and Philip Iselin Stakes (G3) and 2011 Charlestown Classic Stakes (G3) winner Duke of Mischief, who is trained by David Fawkes. Duke of Mischief ran back in the Charles Town stakes when it was a Grade 2 in 2012 and he finished second. "He's been given a break, but he's coming back in training and we're hoping for good things," Alex said.
- The Lieblongs best horse was Telling, who won back-to-back editions of the Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes (G1) at Saratoga Race Course in 2009-2010 and finished seventh in the 2009 Breeders' Cup Turf. Telling, their sole Breeders' Cup runner and Grade 1 winner, now stands at Stonewall Farm in Florida.
- Telling was purchased privately from his breeder, Darley, part of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum's international racing dynasty, after Telling finished third in his career debut at Arlington Park in June 2007. Lieblong had many offers to sell the horse but preferred to race him.
- The Lieblongs used their private plane to fly to the 2009 Breeders' Cup so that they could attend "Grandparents Day" at their grandchildren's school in Arkansas. The grandchildren live next door and frequently spend time riding and enjoying other activities at their farm.
- Another stable star was Lord Robyn, a half brother to Duke of Mischief whom they purchased as a two-year-old in training and reacquired in 2010 after losing him in a claiming race in 2008. They always described him as "a barn pet and part of the family" and now that he has been retired, he lives at the Fawkes' property.
- They employ Steve Hobby and David Fawkes as their trainers. He said of Hobby and his wife, Metzie, "Their whole life revolves around the horses. It's hard to find those (husband and wife) situations. You get two-for-one. Steve and his wife do a great job and we have a world class groom in Metzie. Steve believes the horse comes first, the owner second, and the trainer a close third."
- Lieblong uses Gerald Ford's Diamond A Farm in Versailles, Kentucky as a lay-up facility and credits manager Ted Carr with his stable's success.
- The Lieblongs acquire their stock privately and at yearling and two-year-old in training sales and they were active participants again in 2012. "I just got back from Keeneland," Alex said referring to the September sales. "I bought five; a couple of nice looking Tapits, a Candy Ride, an Unbridled's Song and a real nice looking filly by Mr. Greeley. I hope they all turn out to be very interesting."
- The Lieblongs first ventured into ownership as partners with longtime Arkansas owners Patricia and Gus "Buddy" Blass in the early 1990s. Alex prefers hanging out at the barn and watching his horses to going to the races. "Just like an oil well looks best just before you drill it, horses seem to look better in the morning before they race," he said.
- In his youth, Alex participated in rodeos as a calf roper and clown. Of his days as a clown in which his job was to divert bulls away from fallen riders, he said, "Youth makes you do dumb things."
- Alex is a member of the Arkansas Racing Commission and JoAnn volunteers with the Arkansas division of the Racetrack Chaplaincy of America.
- Owns Lieblong and Associates, an investment firm in Little Rock, Ark. He also has bank, gas, and oil holdings, and previously raised cattle.
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