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The Notebook June 13, 2013


Two-Minute Lick - Jake Ballis

Jake Ballis is the manager of Rashard Lewis of the Miami Heat as well as a commercial real-estate investor. He also operates a racing partnership which includes Lewis; they own horses such as Cigar Street as well as White Rose. For Ballis, horse racing is a family affair. His father, John, owned Groovy, the 1987 Eclipse Award-winning sprinter.

Name: Jake Ballis

What I do for a living: Commercial real-estate investor and I manage Thoroughbred partnerships

How and when I was introduced to Thoroughbred racing: Through my father in the 80s

My favorite racetrack: Saratoga

My favorite Thoroughbred racing event: Breeders’ Cup

Other sports/teams I follow: LSU, Miami Heat, Houston Texans

What I would like to see more of in Thoroughbred racing: High-Definition TV

First Thoroughbred track I ever attended was: Saratoga

Favorite all-time Thoroughbred: Groovy

My personal best moment in the sport of Thoroughbred Racing: Walking the track before the Derby in 2009

Best racetrack food can be found at: Gulfstream

My favorite jockey: Johnny V (AKA John Velazquez)

My favorite trainer: Bill Mott

My Heroes: Hakeem Olajuwon

Person in Thoroughbred racing I’d like to have dinner with: I have already accomplished this: Angel Cordero.

My philosophy on life: Enjoy it. It is short.

Favorite quote or motto: If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.

Favorite animal other than a horse: Dog

Favorite non-Thoroughbred racing sports event I have attended: NBA Finals

Favorite food: My mother’s meatloaf

Favorite vacation spot: Acapulco

Favorite city: San Diego

Favorite Musician/band: George Strait

Favorite all-time movie(s): Shawshank Redemption

Favorite TV Show: “Homeland

Favorite hotel: Setai in Miami 

Websites I visit daily: DRF, ESPN, Fox News

What I drive: Escalade

Pet Peeve: People that are not on time

Favorite movie about horse racing: Secretariat

Which actor would play me in a movie:  Denzel Washington

Alma Mater: University of Houston

Favorite Radio shows/channels: Mike and Mike

Best Book I recently read: “Outliers

Favorite Dessert: Cheesecake

Favorite Drink: Bourbon on the rocks

What I like about my job: I get to travel a lot.

Favorite Tech gadget: iPhone

Twitter Handle: @jakeballis

People I follow on Twitter: A lot of horse racing “experts”

No. 1 Bucket List Item: Travel to New Zealand

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