Historically, horse racing has been considered a past time of royalty. Its designation as “The Sport of Kings” has given many the impression that involvement of the average blue collar worker was impossible, with cost being the primary barrier to entry.
While that may have been the case throughout its formative years, the development of racing partnerships over the last few decades has flipped the script of the Sport of Kings. By providing a lower-risk option that allows nearly anyone to get involved in horse ownership with a one time investment, minus the daily expenses, such as training fees and vet bills, racing partnerships have opened the door for everyone to get involved.
The Todd Pletcher–trained son of Bodemeister caught the eye of Terry Finley and West Point Thoroughbreds, who bought a minority share in the colt prior to the Kentucky Derby. West Point is one of the biggest partnerships in the sport and this specific partnership even gave shareholder and former voice of the Triple Crown, Tom Durkin, the thrill of owning a Kentucky Derby champion. West Point Thoroughbreds is hoping that lightening will strike twice – they recently bought a minority share of My Boy Jack, who will be running in this year’s Kentucky Derby.
Purchasing minority shares in already established contenders is just one option in acquiring interest in a racehorse. Some partnerships find their way into the winner’s circle with horses that they breed. In fact, one such example is also a Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom.
In 2011, Team Valor’s Animal Kingdom, trained by Graham Motion, took the garland of roses. His success continued in his four year old campaign, as he went on to win the Dubai World Cup, the richest race in the sport at the time. He finished his career with over $8 million dollars in earnings and now stands as a successful sire for Team Valor.
West Point and Team Valor have proven a partnership can win the Derby and anyone who can afford a reasonable investment can own a piece of a possible Kentucky Derby winner.
Ready to invest in your possible Derby winner? Look no further than Derby Day Racing.
Derby Day Racing was formed by industry veteran Brian Zipse, best known for his work at Horse Racing Nation, who serves as managing partner. Brian has a keen eye for horse flesh. In an article for Horse Racing Nation, Brian predicted the following year’s Eclipse Award winners more than a year ahead of time. His Two-Year-Old Champion was Free Drop Billy, now Free Drop Billy didn’t win Champion Juvenile, but he is a Grade 1 winner, and will find himself in the Kentucky Derby this Saturday. Not a bad prediction at the time for an unknown yearling.
Zipse has hand selected Matt Shifman as Managing Editor, Brett Workman as Website Content Producer, Tony Bada Bing as Handicapping Specialist, and Scott Dick as head of Partner Relations. Together, we have nearly 100 years of experience in racing.
We have teamed up with highly-respected trainer Buff Bradley. We have aligned ourselves with Buff foremost because of his values. He puts his horses first no matter what. He also has a keen eye for diamonds in the rough in the sales ring and on the track, turning them into million-dollar earners. He has won multiple graded stake races, including back-to-back Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprints with Champion and homebred Groupie Doll.
Derby Day Racing is more than just a business, it’s a family. Here you’re more than a shareholder, you’re part of a team. To learn more about available partnerships and our vision, contact us via e-mail at Derbydayracing@gmail.com or by phone at (708-601-4364)
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