Horse racing may the Sport of Kings... but you can experience the thrill of victory for a fraction of the cost when you join the Empire Racing Club!

Owning a racehorse can cost more than $50,000 a year, with no guarantee that a horse will ever make it to the starting gate. By joining the Empire Racing Club, members will have behind-the-scenes access and all the excitement at a fraction of the price. Members will visit the backstretch, leaning on the rail with a cup of coffee while rubbing elbows with New York racing’s luminaries as their horse goes through morning training. They will meet with the trainer and jockey in the paddock, getting a close-up look at the competition from the sidelines, rather than the stands. And, with racing luck, they will cheer their horse to victory and pose for a photo in the winner’s circle at one of NYRA’s iconic venues. 


The Club will be limited to 200 members

The cost to join will be $475 for the term (or at a reduced $400 through May 1, 2022!), 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)

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.

Members will also learn about the Thoroughbred industry from the experts. Topics will include:

Basics of Horse Ownership: Licensing, credentials, stable names, silks, budgeting and bills

➢ So You Want to Own a Racehorse: Buying at the horse auctions

➢ The Claiming Game: How do you claim a racehorse?

➢ How to Train Your Racehorse: The basics of horse training

➢ Want to Bet? Handicapping and wagering 101

➢ Riding into the Sunset: Equine aftercare


 Hall of Fame Nominee CHRISTOPHE CLEMENT

Hall of Famer MARK CASSE

4X New York Training Title-earning LINDA RICE

Christophe Clement is the son of trainer Miguel Clement, and worked for the prestigious Luca Cumani, Alec Head and Shug McGaughey stables before going out on his own in 1991. A native of France, he has been one of the leading trainers in United States for over 25 years. Clement has won more than 2,000 races, including over 200 graded stakes, and guided the careers of three-time Eclipse winner Gio Ponti and 2014 GI Belmont Stakes hero Tonalist. Cumulative purse money earned by the Clement Racing Stable now exceeds $133 million. As a public trainer, Clement has acquired a reputation for meticulous attention to details. He takes pride in the horses under his care and personally trains each of them. He intentionally limits the size of his stable to a number that can be kept in just two locations at any point in time. He is also very fortunate to have a great team around him from all corners of the world, including Christophe Lorieul, his assistant since 1993.

Born in indianapolis, Indiana, Mark Casse grew up in Ocala, Florida. Mentored by his father and renowned horseman Norman Casse, Mark won his first race at Keeneland in 1979 and later won his first training title at the Churchill Downs Spring Meet in 1988. He also won training titles at Keeneland and Turfway. After serving stints as a private trainer to Calumet Farm and Mockingbird Farm, Casse joined forces with Eugene Melnyk and subsequently moved his operation to Woodbine Racetrack in Ontario, Canada in 1998. Since then, he has earned the leading trainer title at Woodbine 11 times, won 11 Sovereign Awards as the outstanding trainer and was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2016. Among his most notable horses, American champion turf mare and Royal Ascot winner Tepin; Canadian Horse of the Year Sealy Hill (2007); Canadian Classic winner and Horse of the Year Lexie Lou (2014); Breeders' Cup winner and Canadian Horse of the Year Catch A Glimpse  (2015) and Canadian juvenile champion filly Wonder Gadot, winner of the first two legs of Canada's Triple crown in 2018. In 2019, he won his first American Classic with War of Will in the Preakness Stakes before taking the Belmont Stakes with Sir Winston later in the season. Casse is a member of the 2020 Hall of Fame class.

From wins and training titles to awards and earnings, Linda Rice is known in thoroughbred industry as the most decorated female trainer in history. But that distinction doesn’t fully encapsulate what the third-generation trainer has accomplished over the past 20 years. She has been one of the top 10 trainers in New York for the last decade and is currently the leading female trainer in North America. Rice has amassed more than 1,200 wins – a number that continues to steadily rise – and more than $40 million in earnings. The victories have led her to four New York training titles since 2009, when she took top honors at Saratoga Race Course and became the first woman to win a training title in the 150-year history of the sport.

Proceeds from the Empire Racing Club, a not-for-profit tax-exempt social club, will be used to pay the expenses of the horse and the Club. Any excess funds will be distributed to a 501 (c) (3) non-profit aftercare organization. The Club membership agreement specifically names New York’s TAKE THE LEAD Thoroughbred Retirement Program as the designee.

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