I joined the Empire Racing Club this spring to chronicle the experience.
The club, organized by the New York Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association to give people the chance to experience ownership of a Thoroughbred racehorse, has done just that.
ERC has shown a group of 165 new owners the lowest of the lows and the highest of the highs in the past few weeks. This truly is what Thoroughbred owners experience.
The first filly in the partnership suffered an injury and returned to the farm to recover for a campaign next year. The second, a colt, placed in Friday’s Skidmore Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.
Proven Strategies, owned by Leonrard C. Green, Aron Yagoda and Empire Racing Club, won a close photo for second and completed a 1-2 exacta for Len Green, who co-owned the winner, Another Miracle, with his son Jonathan Green.
Gary Contessa trained the winner, a son of Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah, and the ERC Sky Mesa-colt is trained by Mark Casse. The $1 exacta returned $27.25.
“We had a good trip. He’s still a little green; still learning,” Gaffalione said of the maiden post race. “That was a big race and a huge effort from him. He’s going to keep improving. Once we got it all together, he was finishing nicely and he galloped out well. I’m looking forward to him moving on down the road.”
Proven Strategies earned black type, has an exciting future, excited a herd of new owners, and is still eligible for all his conditions. Well done!