Lakers' Janie Buss sets up Purple Rein Stable

August 10, 2017
Janie Buss (left) with former Lakers star, Shaquille O'Neal.

DEL MAR, California (AP):

The sister of Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss has set up her own horse racing operation under the name Purple Rein Stable.

Janie Buss will have her horses trained by Doug O'Neill, who won the 2012 Kentucky Derby with I'll Have Another.

Last week, O'Neill claimed a three-year-old colt named True Valor for $50,000 on behalf of Buss, while her stable claimed two-year-old filly Mis Viola for $32,000.

True Valor has two wins in nine career starts and earnings of $51,259.

O'Neill's assistant, Steve Rothblum, said last Wednesday that Buss has previously partnered with another of O'Neill's clients on horses, but now she wants some of her own and "she's committed a pretty good chunk of money".

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