Race Horse Club
There is no expectation the “owners” will make over $14,000,000 like those who had shares in California Chrome did, but there is a good chance they will have as much fun.
In this case the “owner” could be you.
Evergreen Park Racing Club 2017 has been formed and the group will be purchasing two race horses to compete at The Horses At Evergreen Park in July and August.
“This is an opportunity, for very little money, to get involved in the horse ownership game,” said Evergreen Park Board member Norm Tremblay, a Club manager along with Evergreen Park General Manager Dan Gorman.
The Club is selling shares at $250 each with the hope of reaching 200.
Tremblay has been a horse owner for several years watching them run in both the United States and Canada, including at Evergreen Park.
“It is fun and exciting,” he says. “I have gotten a lot of enjoyment out of it over the years. This Club will give a lot of people the opportunity to be involved in the sport and experience that fun and excitement. Whether you have 100 per cent ownership of a horse or 1/200th the experience is the same.”
The Club is organized as a partnership and the return on investment will dependent on how well the Club’s horses perform.
“The horses could run as many as four times each turning the racing season at Evergreen Park,” said Tremblay. “The hope is that all the owners will be in the stands when the Club’s horses run and also be there for the photo in the winner’s circle if a horse finishes first.”
There will also be some Horse Race Betting 101 sessions at the Pines Restaurant & Casino in the weeks leading up to the July-August race meet so any owners who aren’t familiar with wagering can learn how to play the ponies.
“There is horse racing on seven screens at the Pines year-round so the owners can certainly get some practice in before The Horses At Evergreen Park starts in July,” said Tremblay. “The Club will have some betting experts at the sessions to show the owners how to read a race program and how to place a bet.”
All participants will receive an ownership certificate for their wall and can also order a print of the winner’s circle photo whenever a Club horse ends up there.
Club members will also receive regular updates on their horses.
All of the owners will receive an email when the draw for races for Club horses are announced and they will also be promoted on the Evergreen Park website page and Facebook. Owners will also have an opportunity to meet the trainer and get to know the horses too.
Club owners will not be asked to contribute more than their $250 per share no matter what the financial situation during the season and the Club will be dissolved at the end of August. All 2017 members will have first rights to renew their membership for 2018.
“This Club certainly opens up horse ownership to a whole new group of people,” said Tremblay. “This gives people, for a small amount of money, the opportunity to be on the front lines of horse racing and see it from a different angle. Not to mention the bragging rights if the horses do well.”
The Horses At Evergreen Park live pari-mutuel season runs July 8 to August 27 on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays. Post times Friday and Saturday are 6:30 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. On August 18 Friday and Saturday post times switch to 6 p.m.
Anyone interested in purchasing a share, or shares, can do so by registering online or downloading, completing, and submitting the membership form by clicking on the buttons below; by stopping by the Evergreen Park administration offices in the ENTREC Centre; or calling the Park at 780-532-3279 and having a membership form faxed or emailed to them.