Introduction to Pinnacle Racing Stable LLC

Musical Romance
winner of 2011 Fillies
and Mares Sprint

Pinnacle Racing Stable began in 2003 with the idea of allowing horse racing fans the opportunity to become owners without breaking the bank.
There is nothing like the thrill of owning your own race horse. Pinnacle Racing Stable prides itself on providing its partners with incredible access to this great sport.
  1. Barn Visits
  2. Trips to the Sales
  3. Morning Workouts
  4. Paddock Privileges to you and your family and friends
  5. Seating for your Group
  6. Hopefully the Winners Circle
Pinnacle Racing Stable through the amazing eye of trainer Bill Kaplan scope out the two year olds in training sales each spring looking for that diamond in the rough. No better diamond in the rough than his selection for the stable of Musical Romance. Romance the Champion Breeders Cup Filly and Mare Sprinter was selected out of the April 2009 2 year old sale in Ocala for only $ 22,000.00 and now has won over $ 1.2 million dollars.

Pinnacle Racing Stable focuses the majority of its attention on Florida Bred Fillies to take advantage of special purse incentives at Florida Race Tracks. The budget for most of our purchases is up to $35,000.00.

Pinnacle Racing Stable is unique from other partnership programs as there are no mark ups on any of the purchases that are made at auction.
Each partner sees all the bills each month on the monthly statement so they have a full understanding of the monies being spent on there equine athlete.

The Goal for Pinnacle Racing Stable has always been to provide each partner with a fun and exciting experience with an opportunity to have success.


About Us

Adam Lazarus

Adam Lazarus
Pinnacle Racing Stable Managing Partner


Adam Lazarus created Pinnacle Racing Stable in 2003 with the idea of taking the racing fan who dreamed of becoming an owner but did not think it was possible without being wealthy.

An avid racing fan since the age of 24 the Aventura, FL resident decided to take his first dip into ownership 10 years later with the help of his fathers relationship on the Golf Course with Bill Kaplan and was immediately hooked on this great game.

Lazarus a native of Freehold, New Jersey was a three sport standout at Freehold Township High School. At the completion of his senior season he went on to earn a baseball scholarship to Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina where he was a member of its pitching staff for 4 years.

Lazarus has been involved in the office equipment business for over 20 years. He is currently an account executive with Zeno Office Solutions in Miramar, Florida.


Stanley Gold
Stanley Gold

Stanley Gold


Stanley Gold has been a dominant force in the South Florida training ranks for the last decade. He has been dominating the lucrative Florida Stallion Stakes series for two and three year olds during his time in the Sunshine State.

Prior to coming to South Florida Stan was an assistant trainer to Hall of Fame conditioner Jimmy Croll of Holly Bull fame.

Stan reached the Pinnacle of the sport when Awesome Feather won the 2010 Breeders Cup Juvenile Filly race on her way to winning an eclipse award as the champion two year old filly that year. Over the last decade he has trained six horses to 7 graded stakes wins. The list of additional stakes winners would cover a full page of notes.

On Florida Derby day Stan showed his versatility as a trainer with a three year old in Fellowship finishing third in the Grade 1 Florida Derby but also conditioning the winner of the Sir Shackleton Stakes with the eight year old Grand Shores.

Graded Stakes Wins:

  • 2016. Swale Stakes and Hutcheson Stakes | Awesome Banner
  • 2015. Azalea Stakes. | Dogwood Trail
  • 2015. Gulfstream Park Sprint Stakes. | C Zee
  • 2012. Carry Back Stakes. | Fort Loudon
  • 2010. Breeders Cup Juvenile. | Awesome Feather
  • 2016. Francis Genter Stakes. | Bayou"s Lassie.


Bill Kaplan

William A. Kaplan
Bloodstock Consultant


Bill Kaplan a native of Brooklyn, New York has been a mainstay on the South Florida training circuit since 1980.

In 2007 Kaplan became a national name as three horses he selected as two years olds were on the Kentucky Derby Trail. Drums of Thunder + Storm in May and Imawildandcrazyguy became household names during that magical year. Storm in May won the Sunshine Millions Sprint and was second to Curlin in the Arkansas Derby. Drums of Thunder was third in the Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park and Imawildandcrazyguy placed in the Louisiana Derby.

On the first Saturday in May that year both Imawildandcrazyguy and Storm in May both ran in that years Kentucky Derby with Crazy Guy finishing 4th. The amazing story of that journey was that the two horses who ran in the Run for the Roses cost less than $ 30,000.00 each.

Roll the tape to 2011 and Kaplan reached the highest of heights in the racing game as his own Musical Romance who he bought for $ 22,000.00 grabbed the biggest prize with her victory in the One Million Dollar Breeders Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Churchill Downs to push her earnings over 1 million dollars.

There are few trainers or agents in the game today who have Bill Kaplan’s gift of selecting horses at prices far below the competition and see them dance on the national stage.

Past Stakes Winners Trained and Selected By Bill Kaplan:

  • Storm in May
  • Castlebrook
  • Mr. Livingston
  • Fortune Pending
  • Seacliff
  • Dream On Dream On
  • Calico Bay
  • Imawildandcrazyguy
  • Drums of Thunder
  • Dream Maestro
  • Musical Romance


David Fawkes

David Fawkes


Career: Fawkes’ career highlight thus far came when Big Drama captured the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1), which was followed by a track-record breaking triumph in the 2011 Mr. Prospector (G3) and an Eclipse Award as North America’s top sprinter. Big Drama’s other lucrative triumph came in the $750,000 Delta Jackpot (G3) in 2008. In 2015, Fawkes enjoyed considerable success with Big Drama’s half-sister, Sheer Drama, who captured the Royal Delta (G2) during Gulfstream’s Championship Meet before notching back-to-back Grade 1 wins in the Personal Ensign (G1) at Saratoga and the Delaware (Park) Handicap. He saddled Sheer Drama for a victory in the Madison Stakes (G1) at Keeneland last spring. Fawkes continued his career success in the Florida Sire Stakes Series during the summer of 2016, capturing the $200,000 Desert Vixen and $300,000 Susan’s Girl with Cajun Delta Dawn. Fawkes saddled Duke of Mischief for a big-money win in the 2011 $1 million Charles Town Classic (G3).

Fawkes campaigned Take D’ Tour, a multiple stakes winning millionaire who took back-to-back runnings of the Ogden Phipps (G1) in 2006-2007. Another top horse he trained was Forty One Carats, winner of the 1999 Indiana Derby and Pegasus Handicap (G2) who set a track record while winning Smile Sprint at Calder.


Kathleen O’Connell

Kathleen O’Connell


Career: O’Connell has been a mainstay in South Florida since 1985. She has saddled approximately 1850 winners since saddling her first winner in 1981. She has enjoyed much success with prominent Florida owner/breeder Gil Campbell while training the likes of Blazing Sword, a $1.1 million earner who captured the 1997 Calder Derby (G3), along with the 2000 Widener (G3) and Washington Park (G2) handicaps. Blazing Sword finished second behind Pulpit in the 1997 Fountain of Youth (G2) after capturing two legs of the 1996 Florida Sire Stakes. O’Connell conditioned Lady Shipman for a sensational 2015 campaign that started with a five-furlong turf allowance win at Gulfstream Park. The 3-year-old turf sprinting specialist went on to win four stakes in a row, including two at Saratoga, before finishing a troubled second against the boys in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1).

Other graded-stakes winners include Ivanavinalot, who captured the 2002 Bonnie Miss (G2) at Gulfstream, and Watch Me Go, a 43-1 upset victor in the 2011 Tampa Bay Derby (G2).