Thoroughbred racing, once considered “the sport of kings”- well beyond the realm of possibility for most people – has been transformed by syndication into “the king of sports,” enabling anyone with the dream of Thoroughbred ownership to participate.
Bongo Racing Stable’s mission: To enable racing fans throughout the world to discover the joys of Thoroughbred ownership at the highest level.
Our mission is delivered by the following tenets:
Personal connection to our clients – understanding their goals, educating and informing them with regular communication and providing value through professionally selected and managed racing prospects.
Great Management Team
Delivering our mission requires a top-quality team of bright, knowledgeable, energetic people. Our management team shares a passion for Thoroughbred racing and a desire to ignite that passion in our partners. We are committed to excellence.
The mission of helping our partners realize their dream of Thoroughbred ownership can only be accomplished through full implementation of the hallmarks of client trust – quality, honesty, integrity and accountability.
The Bongo Racing Stable Team
Bob Feld has been a student of the game from a young age. His early memories include discussing the weekend’s races every Monday morning with his fourth grade teacher. He bought his first racehorse before he had his driver’s license and has been directly involved with horse racing for more than 25 years. Bob’s vast experience in the industry includes stints as a trainer’s assistant, jockey agent and public newspaper handicapper and as the liaison-director of California Thoroughbred Trainers. He also helped to develop one of the leading Thoroughbred racing partnership groups on the West Coast. Bob has a keen eye for finding top-class Thoroughbreds and was involved with the selection of champions Reraise, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) and Action this Day who was victorious in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. In addition to champions he has advised the purchase of Hollywood Futurity (G1) winner Siphonic; Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) victress Adoration, Share Account, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf and Balance who won 3 Grade 1′s during her racing career and her first foal sold at auction for a record $4.2-million for his client. One of his favorite horses was the fast-closing fourth-place finisher in the 2003 Kentucky Derby (G1), Atswhatimtalknbout. His advice and consultation are highly prized, making Bob a tremendous asset to Bongo Racing Stable. “I have seen first-hand how owning race horses can literally change someone’s life,” Bob says. “I look forward to bringing many new owners into this great sport through Bongo Racing Stable.”
Chris Closson has been involved in the Thoroughbred industry for more than 25 years. He got his start in the early 1980′s by working at the California sales with the legendary bloodstock agent Albert Yank. He assisted not only at the sales arena but also spent hands-on time prepping the auction horses at the farm . He then moved on to forming his own racing partnerships. Chris brings his many years of experience and vast background to Bongo Racing Stable. Chris is now working closely with Bongo’s trainers and clients and helps oversee the entire operation on a day-to-day basis. “I love the opportunities that Bongo creates for people that want to be actively involved in our great sport.”
Sean has had a passion for horseracing since his youth, tagging along on racetrack trips with his dad, Bob, at every opportunity. He learned how to read the Daily Racing Form at the age of eight and has been handicapping races ever since.
His first hands-on experience with horses came as a weekend hotwalker and barn hand for trainer Grant Hofmans when he was just 13. At 15, he spent a summer working in Lexington, Kentucky at the legendary 505 Farm. It was during that time that he decided to apply to the University of Kentucky.
Upon graduation from the prestigious Loyola High School of Los Angeles in 2005, he entered UK graduating from there in 2009 with a Bachelors degree in Agricultural Economics. During his college years, Sean worked at various Thoroughbred sales for Bongo Racing and Bobfeld Bloodstock and also worked a summer for Kellyn Gorder, who did the early training for WinStar Farm, prior to becoming a public trainer.
After a seasonal stint with Walmac Farm in 2010, Sean took full-time employment at Spendthrift Farm. He played a major role in Spendthrift’s acquisition of Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) winner Court Vision, who coincidentally he had worked with when employed by Gorder at 505.