Registration for 2016 is now closed. To be placed on the notification list for 2017 please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How much does it cost?
$500. That’s it! No hidden costs, no additional training fees, no feed bills. The program is designed that the membership fees cover the cost of training and expenses for the racehorse for the entire season.
Who’s the trainer?
Larry and Sharon Ross have been selected as the trainer for the club along with Sophia McKee as Race Club Manager. The Ross’s have had a long history of racing in the NW and are highly respected on the backstretch. Their horses receive the best of care and they run a professional, top-notch barn.
Who’s the horse?
The search is underway for a racehorse for the Club! This is an exciting component of racehorse ownership and blog post will be coming soon on the process! Once we have acquired him or her we will be introducing them to the group!
What happens if our horse gets claimed?
The Emerald Racing Club functions exactly like a real ownership group! If the horse gets claimed, the decision will fall to the members of the club on whether they’d like to pursue another horse, claim the original horse back, or dissolved the group for the year.
What happens if our horse gets laid up?
Just like in a real ownership group, we are dealing with a live animal and you never know what can happen. The trainer and Club manager are responsible for making the decisions regarding the health of the horse. If the horse presents an injury that will require time and healing it is their call to make the decision that is in the best interest of the horse.
Can I make money?
There’s always the prospect of making money if your horse wins. However, the Club is primarily designed to be educational and fun. Plus all the added benefits from being a licensed owner. Owning racehorses should be viewed as a fun hobby with significant financial commitments. Throughout the season, we will be sharing the Club financials with you so you can get a true idea of the real costs of racehorse ownerships and what it means if you win!
Racehorse ownership sounds exciting, how can I become more involved?
The goal of the Club is to put together fun, educational events and field trips to expand your knowledge about the Thoroughbred business. Backstretch tours, breeding farm tours, and a visit to the Washington Thoroughbred Sale are all on tap for club members that want to partake!
Do both my spouse and I need to sign up or is there a “couple membership”?
Each individual that would like to partake in the Emerald Racing Club must be licensed per Washington Horse Racing Commission rules regardless of % ownership. However, licensed owners can sign in guests at the security office in the backstretch. Race day passes may be arranged through the horsemen’s liaison.
Do you have questions that you haven’t seen answered here? Email email@example.com or call Vince Bruun at 253-288-7723.