BREEDERS' CUP FORUM: OWNER JERRY CRAWFORD
Jerry Crawford is managing partner of two sports franchises: the Iowa Energy, season champions of the 2010-11 NBA Development League in professional basketball, and Donegal Racing, a partnership named for his ancestral home in Ireland that first made news in 2010 when Paddy O’Prado finished third in the Kentucky Derby and went on to win the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park. The son of El Prado won his only start of 2011, but suffered an injury in that race and was retired to Spendthrift Farm.
While many may view him as a “newcomer” to racing, Crawford, a native of Iowa and partner in the Crawford Mauro law firm, has owned a modest string of horses for over 20 years. He is also prominent in political circles, having chaired numerous Democratic Party presidential campaigns in Iowa.