Chairs: George and Lori Hall
Hall was born in New York City, and his wife Lori is originally
from New Bedford, Massachusetts. The couple originally purchased
Annestes Farms for recreational purposes, but the business grew
from a decision to send their first runner, Keeneland Kat, to
the farm for breeding.
graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy and the Wharton
School of the University of Pennsylvania, George is the
president, founder and majority shareholder of the investment
company Clinton Group, Inc. He is heavily involved in charitable
work, serving as a board member of the New York University
School of Medicine Foundation and helping to create its Head and
Neck Cancer Research Laboratory. In recognition of his
philanthropic efforts, George has been awarded the university's
prestigious Sir Harold Acton Medal. He also established the Hall
Institute of Public Policy, a forum for academic research and
debate in his home state of New Jersey. He has been an active
supporter of the Monmouth County Unit of the American Cancer
Society, hosting an annual summer event for cancer patients in
Monmouth County and their families.
grandfather introduced him and his brother to horse racing when
they were children. The Halls entered racing in 2004 with the
purchase of four yearlings for a combined $180,000. Two of them
became stakes winners under the tutelage of Kelly Breen:
Keeneland Kat captured the 2005 Sorority but suffered a
career-ending injury while finishing third in the Frizette S.
(G1) and Fagan's Legacy, named for George's grandfather, took
the 2005 Pilgrim S. The Halls have a small number of horses in
training with Breen. Besides West Side Bernie, they currently
campaign such stakes performers as Atomic Rain and Bold Union.
a February 2010 "Star of the Week" feature in the
Thoroughbred Daily News, George was quoted as saying "last
year was our fifth in the business, and we had two horses in the
Kentucky Derby - I think that is a tremendous
accomplishment." (for the full article, please click here).
thank our friends Lori and George for inviting us to visit their
beautiful farm this weekend!
Hall family pets