The Empire Racing Club has entered into an agreement with Spendthrift Farm to campaign a filly bred by the Lexington, Ky., nursery this year. By Spendthrift stallion Can The Man, the unnamed 2-year-old is out of graded-producer Five Star Daydream, making her a half-sister to last season's Grade 3 Beaumont Stakes winner Gas Station Sushi, who is by Can The Man's sire Into Mischief. She will be trained by Eclipse Award-winner Todd Pletcher.
Spendthrift will also give Empire Racing Club members the opportunity to name the bay filly. Each member will be allowed one entry, which must originate from the email account used on sign up. All confirmed members may cast their vote by emailing [email protected]. The filly's name will be announced June 3, 2019. If one of the Empire Racing Club members does submit the winning name, they will receive four Saratoga box seats for any day during the 2019 meet, Saturdays excluded.
“Thoroughbred racing is a great game—there's nothing else quite like watching your horse charge down the homestretch with a chance to win a race and we're excited to work with the Empire Racing Club to help bring that experience to as many new people as possible,” said Spendthrift Farm General Manager Ned Toffey.
Can The Man won his career debut at Del Mar and was a stakes winner and graded placed during in his juvenile season. A Grade 3 winner at three, he retired from racing in 2015. The stallion is represented by his second crop to race this season.
Spendthrift Farm, established in 1937, has been home to many of racing's champions. Triple Crown winners Affirmed and Seattle Slew were members of the Spendthrift stallion roster during their breeding careers, and the great Beholder, a four-time Eclipse Award winner who earned more than $6 million, was retired to the famed Lexington farm this year.
“Spendthrift Farm has the reputation as a proven source of top Thoroughbred athletes and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to campaign a member of their prolific breeding program,” said Empire Racing Club Managing Partner Tom Durkin. “They tell me she is gorgeous and a favorite of the folks at the farm. Let's have some fun!”
The Club will be limited to 200 members. The cost to join will be $500 for the term, with no further outlay by the participants, providing members with the racing and horse ownership experience without the pitfalls and costs often associated with the business. Members of the Empire Racing Club will have behind-the-scenes access and all the excitement at a fraction of the price. Club members will receive regular updates about their horse via conference call, email and social media, and will meet with other members at dedicated Club events and race days. They will also learn about the Thoroughbred industry from the experts.
The Empire Racing Club is a 501(c)(7) not-for-profit social club organized for pleasure, recreational and other non-profitable purposes. Members should not join with any profit motive or expectation of profit. For more information or to join, visit www.nytha.com/welcometotheclub or send an email to [email protected].
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