C Steven Duncker, Owner and Breeder of Jump Sucker Stable, is a NYRA Board Member and Goldman Sachs & Co Partner
Duncker serves as a hydrologist with the USGS. His expertise lies in streamflow data collection and hydroacoustic flow measurement techniques.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, New York – C. Steven Duncker, Chairman of NYRA and Racing Commissioner in Saratoga Springs said Monday that current negotiations between racing officials and state government indicate thoroughbred racing could come to a halt this week, potentially shutting down in Saratoga Springs altogether.
Early Life and Education
C Steven Duncker realized his life’s passion at age 13 upon first visiting a racetrack with a friend. Now an NYRA board member and Goldman Sachs & Co partner, this native of St Louis has fulfilled his racing aspirations by owning and breeding horses through Jump Sucker Stable.
The partnership, led by Walker (a federal reserve board governor); Warsh (former chairman of Goldman Sachs’ equity derivatives group); and Loening (retired executive of GS) currently has six horses under training with Christophe Clement, including Governor Malibu Moon who came second place at GII Jim Dandy S. in 2016.
Philanthropic activities of the Duncker family are managed through the C Steven Duncker Foundation, which provided 15 grants in 2015. Education and youth were of particular concern, with Duke University receiving considerable support.
Duncker has worked as a hydrologist with the USGS since 1983 at their DeKalb field office collecting streamflow data, contributing significantly to an understanding of urban hydrology across northern Illinois.
After retiring from his full-time job, Duncker took up thoroughbred racing with Jump Sucker Stable. He is an active member of both New York Racing Association and The Jockey Club Information Systems/Equibase Management Systems boards.
He serves as chairman of the C Steven Duncker Foundation, which distributed 15 grants in 2018. This foundation’s purpose is to provide educational opportunities to disadvantaged children. He has also participated in multiple business ventures within finance. Duncker retired from Goldman Sachs after spending 20 years there – first as an associate and later becoming partner. He spent some of his tenure in St Louis and Chicago before relocating to New York as well.
Achievement and Honors
Duncker earned both his undergraduate degree from Duke University (Comum Laude) and Master’s from Northwestern’s J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management in 1982. Following this he retired as a partner from Goldman Sachs having first worked out of St Louis and Chicago before making the move to New York where he managed their Global Credit Derivative Department.
Governor Malibu won the GI Travers Stakes under Christophe Clement’s tutelage as one of six horses currently training with Christophe Clement, including GSW Blacktype winner Sea Coast and Downgoesfrasier. C Steven Duncker Foundation provides grants in South Florida primarily supporting educational opportunities for disadvantaged children while his family have long supported their alma mater Duke University.
Duncker currently resides on the eastern end of Palm Beach, Florida in a grand estate featuring a swimming pool. He owns several broodmares that produce winners in Kentucky.
He serves on the boards of directors of both The Jockey Club Information Systems and Equibase, Inc. as well as being a trustee for The Jockey Club Foundation. He holds both his Bachelors degree from Duke University as well as an M.B.A from Northwestern’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
As part of his family philanthropy efforts, Steven Duncker and his family operate the C. Steven Duncker Foundation to support educational opportunities for disadvantaged children. To date, it has awarded grants to several schools including John Burroughs High School in St Louis (where Steven and his wife serve on its board of visitors); Rosarian Academy in West Palm Beach; and Boys & Girls Clubs of South Florida.
Duncker, 57, stands out as one of our few self-made business leaders on our list. A member of NYRA board and major investor in Florida real estate, he runs his own property management firm while making significant investments there and operating Rosarian Academy West Palm Beach property management company – as well as generously giving back to local schools such as John Burroughs School in St Louis (where he sits as trustee), Rosarian Academy West Palm Beach Rosarian Academy Rosarian Academy West Palm Beach as well as Emily K Center which cultivate student leaders and boost community-based organizations impact.
He owns Jump Sucker Stable with Christophe Clement and currently trains six horses at this stable, including Governor Malibu (Malibu Moon) who competed at GI Travers Stakes this year; as well as Downgoesfrasier who finished second at GII Jim Dandy S; California Swing; Moral High Ground are 2-year-olds also trained here. Duncker retired as partner from Goldman Sachs & Co in 2001 after leading their Global Credit Derivatives department and led this department until 2001 when he retired as partner from Goldman Sachs & Co he had led their Global Credit Derivatives department – before retiring as partner with that firm’s Global Credit Derivatives department head!