TOV Stables

TOV Company Description

Taste of Victory Stables, LLC is a Thoroughbred Racing group based in the state of Maryland. TOV has an active presence throughout the United States. We acquire horses by private sale, then raise, train and race them in an atmosphere where they can thrive and be profitable, and potentially continue a breeding career after racing.


We utilize Old English Rancho, the leading breeding farm in California.  This farm has some of the top performing stallions and broodmares in racing. They are our primary partner in private horse acquisitions. In addition, we employ top-level trainers like Ronney Brown and Kenny Black.  Ronney Brown is instrumental in supplying and training quality West Virginia Thoroughbreds. TOV Stables focusses on helping our partners get involved with thoroughbred ownership at a beginner level.  Over time, the breadth of potential partners has expanded in order to allow us to raise the quality of our horses. Our mission is to educate our owners from the farm to the starting gate, with the ultimate goal of getting to the winners circle over and over again.


We are currently offering co-ownership shares to the Damascus Group (TOV D), which has three promising young horses. Two fillies are located in Maryland, at Laurel Park, Hercatwillfoolu by Discreet Cat and CherryAndTheHawk by El Padrino. The third horse is a colt located in California named Uncontainable, by Acclamation. Click here for more information regarding shares.

Managment Team


Kyle Yost, Managing Partner – East Coast

Kyle grew up on a small farm in South Central Pennsylvania where his parents brokered livestock and raised horses. After graduating from Penn State University in 1990, Kyle moved to Washington DC to pursue a career in information technology sales and in the mid-nineties founded En-net Services in Frederick, MD through a partnership with his brother. In 2004, Kyle got into horse racing by claiming a horse named Mymommadonetoldme who won 3 of his first 7 races under the new ownership.

The following year Kyle was involved in seven horses through purchase, claim and partnerships. In 2010 Kyle wanted to advance his thoroughbred interests by aligning to one or two strategic trainers. After an extensive research and interview process, Kyle selected Ronney Brown who was training in Charles Town, WV to be the cornerstone trainer to build a business around in the eastern United States. Around the same time, Kyle decided to partner with his friend and business partners, Brian Richardson, to team with the Southern California connections of Old English Rancho and Don Warren. Ronney Brown and Old English Rancho have been partners in the majority of the partnerships that Kyle and Brian have managed and we know they will be an intricate part of TOV Stables in the future.

Kyle has managed 18 partnerships while providing day to day functions such as trainer interaction, acquisition selections, partner communication and education, accounts receivable, compliance, etc. From 2011 to the end of 2014, Kyle’s partnerships have had 191 starts with 31 wins (16%) and 99 money finishes (52%). Partnerships with Brian Richardson have yielded 74 starts with a 16% win percentage and 47% money finishes. With all horses/groups considered who are of racing age, Kyle’s partnerships have been profitable since 1/1/2011.


Brian C. Richardson, Managing Partner – West Coast

Brian grew up in Huntington Beach, California, which is about 20 minutes from Los Alamitos Racetrack. It’s at Los Alamitos where Brian got his first taste of horse racing.  A few years after receiving his Bachelors Degree from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California in 1992, Brian studied all aspects of Thoroughbred racing, which is his true passion.

In 2008, he co-founded Cherry Hawk Stables, which started as a partnership of 20 people who each made an investment of $3,000 to purchase their first colt, Twenty Hawks, named after his dad and the 19 other investors. This hard-knocking gelding earned over $335K in purse money since the partnership began and developed quite a fan-following. He has since retired and become a full time equestrian horse in West Virginia. With the addition of Celebrity Status and Contemplate, Cherry Hawk Stables earnings were pushed over $500K. Brian continues to be Managing Director of Cherry Hawk Stables and is involved in all aspects of the partnership including interaction with the trainers, the breeding farm, racetracks and keeping all the shareholders informed on a weekly basis. The partnership has also been profitable for the last six of seven years.

Brian has been involved in all aspects of the partnership including interaction with the trainers, the breeding farm, the racetrack and keeping all the shareholders informed on a weekly basis.

For the last 12 years, Brian has owned and operated Fiber Cables Direct, a supplier of fiber optic and copper cables based in Yorba Linda, California.

Russ Sapienza

Russ Sapienza, Senior Advisor to TOV Stables

Russ is a soon to be retired senior partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory Practice with 39 years of experience in the media, entertainment, sports, communications, and financial services industries. His clients have included The United States Tennis Association, the New York Mets, Caymanes Park (Jamaica WI), HBO, HULU, Warner Bros., Verizon, Turner, Fox, and many other well-known brands.

His post-PwC ‘encore career’ will include advisory assignments at several major media and sports ventures as well as serving as an advisor to TOV Stables.

Long Island, New York based Russ will work closely with Kyle and Brian, as well as TOV trainers and partners such as OER in areas such as strategies for expansion, enhancements in the co-owner experience (including social media adoption), and relationships with the industry (e.g., Jockey Club, NYRA, Stronach Group, NTRA).

Russ’s love for horse racing started as a teen at Brandywine Harness Racetrack and transitioned to Thoroughbreds in the mid-1970s when his future father-in-law turned him on to horses like Affirmed and Seattle Slew (Russ witnessed both of the Triple Crown wins in the Belmont Stakes), and to family trips to Saratoga during the racing season. Russ’s license plate is “BYANOSE”. Need we say more?


Jonny Hilvers, Manager, Old English Rancho

Jonny grew up at Old English Rancho and has a great background for thoroughbred ranch management. He worked alongside his grandfather and racing Hall of Fame member, Buddy Johnston, as a youth. Jonny was groomed for leadership prior to Buddy’s unexpected passing in early 2015. He has performed every farm job from breeding, foaling, and vet technician to nutritionist, training, racing, etc. His vast experience has truly helped him to become the leader of Old English Rancho. Jonny has enjoyed immediate success on and off the track and his knowledge of horses is an incredible asset to TOV Stables.

Phil Schoenthal

Phil Schoenthal, Trainer, Laurel Racetrack

Phil has been a very well respected and successful trainer in the Mid-Atlantic region since 2004 while winning at a 23% rate in 2016. After serving in the United States Air Force and a short stint in corporate America, Phil settled into a career path surrounding thoroughbreds. Phil’s training regimen involves the utilization of high nutrient hydroponic fodder as feed, cold saltwater therapy treatments to help with recovery after exercise, class IV laser therapy and he utilizes his own hands for pressure point therapy for muscle and joint health. Phil routinely conducts barn tours for partners or people interested to get involved in thoroughbred racing and sits on several thoroughbred industry boards.


Ronney Brown, Trainer – Charles Town Racetrack

My father was a huge fan of horse racing and would spend all his free time while living in Kingston, Jamaica at the racetrack.  It was at a racetrack where he met my mother, a racetrack cocktail waitress at the time, and it was at the racetrack where my father and I cemented our strong bond.  My father, who is legally blind due to a genetic disease called retinitis pigmentosa, taught me how to handicap races and how to read the racing form before I learned to read non-racing literature in order to assist him on the track.  I instantly fell in love with the sport, the culture, and the horses.  I grew up idolizing trainers and jockeys such as Antony Dutrow and Mike Smith in the way that my friends at elementary school idolized Michael Jordan.  There was never any doubt in my mind that I would pursue a career in horse racing.


With some help from racetrack friends I got my first job Hot Walking at Calder Race Course in South Florida.  In the summer of 2004 I was sent to Virginia for the Colonial Downs meet.  There I was able to associate with other trainers and was offered a Groom position for the upcoming Saratoga meet with Jonathan Sheppard.  On the way from Virginia to Saratoga I stopped at Mr. Sheppard’s farm in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.  I was in awe of the beauty of the farm and the stable operation and realized that there was an opportunity for me to learn how to ride.  I asked Mr. Sheppard if I could stay at his farm to learn to ride instead of going up to Saratoga and he said yes!  I spent the next two years hot walking, grooming, and learning to be an exercise rider.


Since my time at Mr. Sheppard’s farm, I’ve continued to work for some of the most talented horsemen in the industry.  From Michael Matz I learned to refine my horsemanship and riding skills.  From Kenny McPeek I learned how to run a stable as a business enterprise and what qualities to look for in order to find the “value buy” horse.  From Christophe Clement I learned about muscle & body soreness, how to treat & relieve pain, and signs to look for in order to prevent bigger issues from developing.  From Anthony Dutrow I learned how to tailor training programs, improve performance and how to mentally and strategically prepare to become a trainer.  From Tom Morley I was motivated to start Handal Racing after seeing a young trainer achieve success in the New York circuit.


I am extremely grateful for the countless other horsemen and horsewomen who have shared their knowledge with me, supported me and inspired me to start Handal Racing, LLC.  Thank you for joining me on this journey.

–Raymond Handal

Competitive Advantage

Low management fee. We only get paid if our horses finish 1st -4th or through claim or private sale.

History of success. Kyle and Brian have a combined 20 years of managing thoroughbred partnerships.

Top-level trainers. Our trainers also typically maintain a percentage of ownership in our horses.

Low contribution amount of $500-$1000, which is very rare in Thoroughbred ownership opportunities.

Great supplier of Thoroughbreds. Old English Rancho is one of the top breeding farms in the country and is home to Vronsky and Acclamation. Ronney Brown has a proven success of spotting quality horses especially in West Virginia. Additionally, TOV is excited about the alignment with trainer Phil Schoenthal due to his extensive knowledge and experience purchasing horses through bloodstock and private sales.


TOV Horses
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