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How to Own a Winning Standardbred Racehorse gives readers everything they need to know - forms of ownership, how to find a trainer or driver, how to claim a horse, how to campaign a horse, how to buy a horse at auction or privately, regulations and licensing, the tax aspects and more.
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Pail Siegel is a Standardbred owner who has campaigned dozens of horses. He has raced trotters and pacers, colts and fillies, claimers and stakes horses. He's bred horses, claimed horses, made private purchases and sales, and bought and sold at auctions.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
From Chapter 1: I know why you’re reading this book
You’ve likely been a harness racing fan for years. Perhaps you go to the track regularly, once a week or more. If you’re celebrating a birthday, you make reservations for Saturday night in the clubhouse dining room, and invite a group of family and friends. You’ve entertained business clients there, and perhaps even closed a deal over a drink and a winning exacta ticket. You love the challenge of handicapping and relish cashing a winning ticket, but it’s almost become too routine, too easy, not as exciting as it was in the past.
More and more, you’ve noticed that there are fans who are having a lot more fun than you. Their cheers are louder, and they seem to cash a fist full of tickets. When the race is over they run down to the winner’s circle and want to pet, hug and even kiss a sweaty, panting animal. They crowd around someone wearing a brightly colored uniform who gives their son or daughter a whip that will become a cherished memento. They eagerly press what appears to be a pari-mutuel ticket into the hand of someone wearing blue jeans and sneakers that are covered with the dirt of a long, hard day’s work. You look at the program, and realize that their horse just earned a good day’s, week’s, month’s, year’s or even bigger paycheck, all in less than two minutes. The ownership bug has bitten you.
Owning a Standardbred racehorse is undoubtedly the most unique experience in professional sports. I don’t know of any other sport in which a non-athlete, by virtue of a relatively small investment, has the opportunity to quickly become a major league level active participant. Would you like to own the New York Yankees, or beat them in the World Series, but don’t have the money to buy a baseball team? You can experience the same thrills as George Steinbrenner, and go head-to-head with him, but in another sports arena, because he is a long-time owner of Standardbreds. Can you get the same thrills from owning Thoroughbreds? (George owns them too, as well as racetracks.) Not a chance. Have you ever seen an owner ride his horse to victory in the Kentucky Derby? No way . . . but you do remember Mal Burroughs, a retired businessman, raising his whip in triumph after winning the Hambletonian behind his stallion Malabar Man!
You may never win the Hambletonian, much less drive your horse in the race, but every owner of Standardbreds has the option to choose his or her level of participation, from passive investor (although I don’t know many, if any, of these in the sport) to groom-owner-trainer-driver of your horses. You can own horses strictly for the thrill and enjoyment of belonging to an amateur driving club, racing for little more than the winner’s bragging rights and a horse blanket, to the thrill of racing for a million-dollar purse. Travel throughout North America with your horses as they race on the Grand Circuit, perhaps even go to Europe to meet their best, or race claimers at the track five minutes from home. Entertain friends in the clubhouse dining room, or bring a picnic lunch to the county fair. An investment of a few thousand dollars might bring back hundreds of thousands or more, or you may be thrilled to break even (or yes, even lose money), because getting your picture taken in the winner’s circle makes every dollar you spend a worthwhile investment.
You have the choices, you make the call . . . it’s unique, it’s exhilarating, and it beats the heck out of buying a boat. If you already own a boat, consider selling it, because you’re not going to have nearly as much time to use it, and you’re going to be happy that you don’t!
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