The Empire Racing Club is an initiative created by the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association to let you experience the thrills of racehorse ownership at minimal cost and no risk.
Owning a racehorse can cost more than $50,000 a year, with no guarantee that your horse will ever make it to the starting gate. Membership in the Empire Racing Club gives you behind-the-scenes access and all the excitement at a fraction of the price. You will visit the backstretch, leaning on the rail with a cup off coffee while rubbing elbows with New York racing’s luminaries as your horse goes through his morning training. You will meet with your trainer and jockey in the paddock, getting a close-up look at the competition from the sidelines, rather than the stands. And, with racing luck, you will cheer your horse to victory and pose for a photo in the winner’s circle at one of NYRA’s beautiful racetracks!
Empire Racing Club membership open only to individuals who are not currently licensed as racehorse owners or trainers.
Club members will receive regular updates about their horse via conference call, email and social media, and will meet with other members at dedicated Club events and race days. You will also learn about the Thoroughbred industry from the experts. Topics will include:
➢ The Basics of Horse Ownership: Licensing, credentials, stable names, silks, budgeting and bills
➢ So You Want to Own a Racehorse: Buying at the horse auctions
➢ The Claiming Game: How do you claim a racehorse?
➢ How to Train Your Racehorse: The basics of horse training
➢ Want to Bet? Handicapping and wagering 101
➢ Riding Into the Sunset: Equine aftercare
➢ And more!
EMPIRE RACING CLUB FAST FACTS:
- Club Trainer for 2019: Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher
- Based on first-come first-serve enrollment, the Club will be open to a maximum of 200 members, with a $500 annual membership fee.
- Registered as a 501 (c) (7) not-for-profit social club
- The Club’s mission is to raise awareness of the sport of horse racing, and to create new fans, handicappers and horse owners
- The Club is organized as a not-for-profit social club, and members do not join the Club with any profit motive or expectation of profit.
THE CLUB TRAINER:
Todd Pletcher, one of the most successful trainers in racing history, will oversee the daily management of Empire Racing Club runners. Born in Texas in 1967, Pletcher learned the horse business from his father Jake Pletcher and later apprenticed under Hall of Fame legend D. Wayne Lukas. He saddled his first winner in 1996 and quickly established himself as one of the stars of the game. In 1998, the Dallas native earned the first of 13 (to date) training titles at Saratoga; in 1999, he garnered the first of his 13 Belmont titles during the Spring Meet. He notched the first of a record seven Eclipse Awards in 2004, when his stable stars included Breeders’ Cup winners and champions Ashado and Speightstown. Fittingly, his first winner of a Triple Crown race came in 2007 when the filly Rags to Riches outfought Curling to win the Belmont Stakes. He has since saddled two additional winners of the Belmont, with Palace Malice taking the “Test of the Champion” in 2013 and Tapwrit winning in 2017. Pletcher’s first Kentucky Derby triumph came courtesy of Super Saver, and he added another win in the “Run for the Roses” in 2017 with Always Dreaming. Those are just some of the highlights in a career that has already seen him win over 4,700 races. His runners have amassed more than $371 million to date, and they finish in the top three—“in the money”—52 percent of the time. He resides in nearby Garden City.
For more information, call us at (718) 848-5045, or email Empireracingclubny@gmail.com.
The Empire Racing Club Board of Directors
Christina Bossinakis, Empire Racing Club Manager