Glen Hill Farm
Glen Hill Farm is the non de plume for Leonard H. Lavin, who was born Oct. 29, 1919, in Chicago, Ill. During World War II, he served four years of sea duty and participated in nine invasions. Following military service, he acquired a small Chicago-based regional maker of beauty supplies in 1955 and parlayed it into the Alberto-Culver Company, an international Fortune 1000 company that produces and markets well-known consumer brands in the toiletry, household, and food fields, and includes Sally Beauty Company, the largest distributor of professional beauty products in the world. Under Lavin's direction, the Alberto-Culver Company became an international organization that manufactures worldwide, acquires brands, sells products in more than 100 countries, employs 18,000 people, and enjoys annual sales of more than $3 billion dollars. Lavin, now chairman emeritus, took Alberto-Culver public in 1961 and has been listed on the New York Stock Exchange since 1965. Daughter, Carol Bernick and son-in-law Howard Bernick, also are Alberto-Culver executives. Bernice, who passed away in 2007, served as vice-chairman for many years, and the third generation, the Bernick's son Craig, formerly held an executive position with the company before devoting himself to the farm full-time. Lavin has won awards and honors for his philanthropic, civic, and business endeavors. Lavin received the 1994 Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association's Florida breeder of the year award. His first stakes winner was Gabby Abby, who won a division of the 1967 Indian Maid Handicap at Hawthorne.
Willard Proctor trained for Glen Hill in California, while Proctor's son Tom had the Florida and Midwest strings. Tom took over all the Glen Hill Farm training duties following his father's passing in 1998.
Relaunch is probably the best-remembered horse who raced with the iconic Glen Hill silks. After a distinguished racing career, he went on to become a prominent sire. His numerous stakes winners campaigned by Lavin, including Potentiality, Carload, Media Plan and One Dreamer, who win the 1994 Breeders' Cup Distaff.