Fred and Jane Brei's Jacks or Better Farm plays a winning hand.
by Michael Compton
Fred Brei’s successFul approach to Jacks or Better Farm’s racing operation may seem like common sense, but for the runners carrying its purple and gold colors, the farm’s genius lies in uncompromising dedication to best practices. Precocious homebreds such as Eclipse Award champion Awesome Feather and multiple grade I stakes winner Jackson Bend, ascending to the top ranks of their respective divisions in recent years, clearly illustrate the commitment is yielding uncommon results.
The dedication begins early with homebreds at the 89-acre Jacks or Better Farm near Reddick, Fla., a property acquired by Fred and his wife, Jane, in 1997 and home today to their broodmare band of 24. The initial lessons for foals start virtually at birth, continuing later at the Breis’ 30-stall training barn housed within the expansive Nelson Jones Training Center.