The Empire Racing Club, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to introduce fans to racehorse ownership, took another step forward towards putting a contender out on the track by naming it's very first horse.
The Spendthrift Farm-bred bay 2-year-old filly by Can The Man out of Five Star Daydream was named Starlit Daydream, having her moniker chosen from a list of more than 50 names submitted by Empire Racing Club members. The winning name was submitted by Meghan Krebs of Connecticut.
Established by the New York Thoroughbred Horseman's Association, the Empire Racing Club is limited to 200 members who each pay an all-in cost of $500 for the term, providing members with racing and horse ownership experience without additional expenses often associated with the business.
Seven-time Eclipse Award-winning conditioner Todd Pletcher, who will train all of Empire Racing Club's horses, had Starlit Daydream register her first breeze when she went three furlongs in 36.97 seconds on May 30 on the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga Race Course, working in company with an unnamed Florida-bred juvenile American Pharoah colt who was purchased for $1.65 million at the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Florida Select 2-year-old sale.
Starlit Daydream notched her second work, going three furlongs in 38.35 over the same track on June 7.
“She's doing well so far,” Pletcher said to NYTHA. “Her first breeze was very easy for her and she's catching quickly at the starting gate. She appears to have speed.”
Empire Racing Club has retired NYRA race caller Tom Durkin serving as the managing partner.
Proceeds from the Empire Racing Club will be used to pay for the horse's expenses, with any excess funds designated to the non-profit aftercare organization Take The Lead Thoroughbred Retirement Program.
NYRA Bets is also partnering with the Empire Racing Club, offering a $200 wagering credit to members who sign up as new NYRA Bets account holders. Only individuals who have not previously held a NYRA Bets account will be eligible for the bonus.Club members will receive regular updates about the stable's horses via conference call, email, social media and dedicated club events and race days.
For more information or to join, visit http://www.nytha.com/welcometotheclub.
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