Since 2013, we have led the effort to introduce our mission to over 200 Co-Owners. We work around the clock to make sure that you are satisfied with everything that is Taste Of Victory.
Our Mission at Taste Of Victory Stables is simple. EDUCATE our co-owners, introduce them to an EXPERIENCE and most importantly, WIN. Our team has over forty years of combined experience in horse racing and want to share everything we know with YOU.
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. 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.
Kyle has managed 33 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, 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?