Jim Tafel LLC
Jim Tafel was born Jan. 20, 1924, in Pittsburgh, Pa. and resides in Boynton Beach, Fla. Tafel retired in 1983 as board chairman and chief executive officer of Technical Publishing Co., located near his home in Barrington, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago. The company published a variety of trade, management and professional magazines. The company also had an educational and consumer book publishing division. Shortly after retiring, Tafel joined some ownership partnerships, including a Dogwood Stable venture that owned Nassipour, winner of the 1985 Rothmans International. His best horse owned to date is 2007 Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense, who then finished second in the Preakness. Street Sense also won the 2006 Breeders' Cup Juvenile and earned the Eclipse Award as the nation's top juvenile. With his Kentucky Derby victory, he became the first horse to win both the Juvenile and the Derby in the history of the Breeders' Cup. Prior to Street Sense, Tafel's top horses included 1998 Champion 3-Year-Old Filly Banshee Breeze (owned in partnership with Jayeff B Stable), who finished second in both the 1998 and '99 Breeders' Cup Distaff and stakes winners Coolawin, Vicar, Til Forbid, Metfield and Binalong.