Alex & Joann Lieblong

Owner

Residence: Conway, Ark.

Have won Grade I races with Telling, The Big Beast, Embellish the Lace and Wicked Whisper

  • The stable tied for third in the 2020 owner standings with ten victories. Bye Bye J was a standout in the Downthedustyroad Breeders’ Stakes facing fellow Arkansas bred fillies and mares and also won the Saylorville Stakes at Prairie Meadows.

  • Central Arkansas natives, the Lieblongs live on an 80-acre farm where they previously raised cattle. Alex heads his own investment firm in Little Rock, Ark., and also has bank, gas and oil holdings. He attended University of Central Arkansas, but left when drafted in the U.S. Army.
  • The husband-wife team first ventured into racing as partners with longtime Arkansas owners Patricia and Gus “Buddy” Blass in the early 1990s.
  • The Lieblongs employ trainers Steve Asmussen, Ron Moquett, Steve Hobby, and Florida-based David Fawkes.
  • The Lieblongs have had success in recent years with Grade 1 winners Wicked Whisper, winner of the 2018 Frizette Stakes (G1), and Embellish the Lace, winner of the 2015 Alabama Stakes (G1), multiple Oaklawn stakes winner Spring Included and graded stakes winners High Dollar Woman. In 2014, The Big Beast, who began the year at Oaklawn, won the Grade 1 King’s Bishop at Saratoga and is now a leading sire standing in Florida.
  • Other top horses have been multiple Grade 1 winner Telling and 2010 Oaklawn Handicap winner Duke of Mischief, owned in partnership with Fawkes and Marilyn McMaster, as well as graded-stakes placed For Greater Glory and Marathon Lady.
  • Alex is chairman of the Arkansas Racing Commission.
  • The Lieblongs’ blue and white silks honor the school colors of their alma mater, Conway (Ark.) High School.
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