Residence: Batesville, AR
Family: Wife Dianne, two children and seven grandchildren
Owner and Arkansas Racing Commissioner Mark Lamberth made his first trip to Oaklawn as a college student on Spring Break in the late 1960’s and cashed a ticket on a 60-1 longshot named Harboring. He’s been hooked on the sport ever since.
In partnership, Lamberth purchased his first horse in 1985 and continues to own horses with several partners. Currently, he’s co-owner of three horses - two in training with Steve Hobby and an unraced 2-year-old filly by Warrior’s Reward that was bought at Keeneland last year. To date, he says his biggest thrill as an owner has been finishing third in the 2009 Southwest Stakes with Buzzin and Dreamin trained by Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas.
Lamberth is also on the Board of Racing Commissioners International where he serves on the Model Rules Committee and the Equine Safety Committee. Before his appointment to the Arkansas Racing Commission, he served on the board of the Arkansas H.B.P.A. for three years.
Lamberth is President and CEO of Atlas Asphalt, Inc., a highway contracting firm and serves on the Boards of the Arkansas Asphalt Pavement Association and Associated General Contractors of Arkansas. The native of Starkville, Mississippi, lives in Batesville with his family. His granddaughters have followed in his love of horses and all ride English.