3 Year-Old Northern Afleet Gelding Comes From Last To First To Notch Maiden Win!

Dare To Dream Stable’s Thunder Afleet notched his maiden win on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Gulfstream Park in race #11 and he did it the hard way! Trailing the field by over 20 lengths through the opening half mile and not even visible on the simulcast feed, Jockey Martin Ramirez finally got the gelded son of Northern Afleet into gear. He unleashed a powerful move to pass several horses in the large field of 12 and get back into contention near the 1/8th pole in this 1 turn mile contest. He was 5th and within 7 lengths of the leader and still rolling at that point while the jock had lost his whip. Ramirez kept giving Thunder Afleet reminders with some slaps on the neck and shoulder and he kept on responding, getting up on the wire with a widening 1/2 length to spare in a very game effort.

Thunder Afleet is trained for Dare To Dream Stable by David Kassen. He now has an overall record of 8-1-0-2.

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In other DTD stable action this weekend, Heart Stopper finished 2nd by a 1/2 length at Arlington Park on Friday. On Saturday, She’s Fine Tuned ran a nice 2nd in her maiden special weight debut at Arlington Park and Fashion Hill ran 3rd later in the day. Congrats to our partners on a nice weekend with a win and every other horse running 2nd or 3rd!

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3 Year-Old Courageous Cat Filly Wins in Gate to Wire Fashion!

Kara’s Angel, coming off the heels of a 2nd place finish just a couple of weeks ago in her first start back off a 5 month layoff, made her 2nd start back a winning one. The 3 year-old daughter of Courageous Cat out of the Unbridled’s Song mare, O Beautiful, broke sharply from the gates under jockey Mitchell Murrill in this 1 1/16 mile turf contest. She was receiving some pace pressure from Peppermint Ice who was within a length and a half of her in 2nd through soft opening fractions of :25.29 & :51.65 for the 1/4 mile & 1/2 mile respectively.  After 6f in a tepid 1:17.04, Peppermint Ice was making her bid to take over from Kara’s Angel, creeping up to within a 1/2 length. But Murrill had yet to ask Kara’s Angel for her run yet and when he did, she opened back up a 2 length lead in the stretch. The small filly with a big heart cruised home from there to win by an easy 3 lengths under a masterful ride by the hot young rider Murrill. Peppermint Ice faded to 3rd while Shopping With Bill got up for 2nd.

Kara’s Angel was trained for Dare To Dream Stable by Michael Stidham. She now has an overall record of 7-2-2-1 with earnings of $26,487.

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Congrats to all our partners on the win! Dare To Dream Stable is off to a red-hot start at the Arlington meet with a record of 8-5-1-0 so far. We hope to have a few more runners before the end of the month and look to finish off the month of June strong and carry that momentum through to July!

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Big Weekend at Arlington Park for Dare To Dream Stable Horse Racing Partnerships!

Kingston Terrace Notches First Win of the Weekend For Dare To Dream Stable

It was an excellent weekend for the Dare To Dream Stable color-bearers at Arlington Park from June 3rd to June 5th. On Friday, June 3, 2016 Kingston Terrace blew her opponents away in a 5 furlong starter allowance race on the grass. The 6 year-old Johannesburg mare broke alertly and tracked the pace setter through the opening 3 furlongs of the race. When asked by the jock for run as they hit the stretch, Kingston Terrace responded nicely and abruptly under Jose Valdivia, Jr. to open up and pull away with ease to win by 4 1/2 lengths going away. Michael Stidham trains Kingston Terrace for Dare To Dream Stable. She loves the Arlington Park sod, notching her 5th victory over that surface and 2nd in a row this meet. She now sports an overall record of 22-9-3-4 with earnings of $125,985.00.

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Heart Stopper Lives Up To His Name in Thrilling Win in Sunday Finale at Arlington Park

Following on the heels of Kingston Terrace’s win on Friday was a gritty performance and thrilling victory by Dare To Dream Stable’s 6 yr old Gelding Heart Stopper in Sunday’s finale at Arlington Park. In a race that was originally carded for the turf but moved to the polytrack due to heavy rain the day before, Heart Stopper turned a disadvantageous outside post draw into a more advantageous gate with a number of scratches that reduced the field from twelve to seven. The son of Lion Heart broke a bit outward and bumped his rival to the outside but jockey Mitchell Murrill quickly gathered Heart Stopper to secure a nice stalking position while four wide around the first turn. Heart Stopper remained in a good position on the backside always within 2-3 lengths of the early pace set by Artful Bee. After a half mile which was run in 48.80, both Heart Stopper and Ol Army began to make their run on Artful Bee. Murrill shifted Heart Stopper to the inside while jockey Julio Felix took to the outside with Ol Army and they swallowed up Artful Bee at the 6 furlong marker. As they straightened for home, it was “game on” and these two foes were about to engage in an epic stretch duel. Mitchell Murrill was busy vigorously assisting Heart Stopper with right handed encouragement all through the stretch while Julio Felix was all out with left hand encouragement on Ol Army. Neither of the two were willing to go down without a fight. With heads bobbing back and forth through the stretch it was anybody’s race with only their long noses separating one another with each and every stride. As they approached the line it was going to come down to whoever fought hardest to get their head across the line first. In the end, Heart Stopper and Mitchell Murrill prevailed in what was an exhilarating finish brilliantly called by track announcer John G. Dooley. Heart Stopper now has an overall record of 29-4-8-2 with earnings of $128,496.

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Kara’s Angel Runs Nice 2nd Off a 4 Month Layoff to Roundout the Weekend. Congrats to the entire DTD Family!

Congratulations to trainer Mike Stidham, Hilary Pridham, and their fantastic team for great work in getting Heart Stopper to break through after many trials and tribulations. He’s been a tough guy to figure out which makes this victory even more gratifying. The team also has Kingston Terrace at the top of her game right now. Prior to those 2 victories this weekend, Kara’s Angel also ran a real nice race off a 4 month layoff to run 2nd by 2 lengths in race 4 at Arlington Park on Friday.

Kudos to jockey Mitchell Murrill for his rides on Heart Stopper and Kara’s Angel. He proved once again that he’s one of the best at Arlington park and the “go to guy” for Dare To Dream Stable! Thanks as well to top jockey Jose Valdivia, Jr. for his deft handling of Kingston Terrace in her latest triumph as well. He’s now 2 for 2 on the mare!

Finally, congrats to all our partners on this excellent weekend, including a special shout out to first time winning owners Mike and Wendy Hiser!

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Kingston Terrace wins impressively at Hawthorne Racecourse 4-12-15 in race #8!

Dare To Dream Stable’s Kingston Terrace easily dispatched with her four other rivals in a 5 furlong dash that was moved off the turf at Hawthorne Racecourse on Sunday Afternoon. When the gates popped open, Kingston Terrace broke readily to immediately dispute the pace. She was joined from the inside, as expected, by the Larry Rivelli conditioned speedster, Nevermesswithrichie, and another speedy type in Distant Mesa from her outside. Kingston was in between her two foes through the short trip down the backside and when they approached the turn, jockey Emmanuel Esquivel did a great job of asking Kingston for a bit extra so he didn’t get squeezed going through the bend. Once they completed the turn for home, Kingston Terrace began to open up a small lead. When she hit the upper stretch, the bay daughter of Johannesburg began to extend her lead easily on the rest of the field. In deep stretch it was all but over. Under brisk handling by Esquivel, Kingston kept extending her lead to cross the wire in front by a widening 5 lengths over her closet rival, Distant Mesa. This was Kingston’s fourth win from eleven starts which also includes two seconds and two thirds for earnings of $61,965.00 in her career.

Congratulations to all the Dare To Dream Partners on a very impressive victory. Trainer Mike Stidham did a fantastic job getting Kingston Terrace sharp and ready to run a great race. Kudos to jockey Emmanuel Esquivel who rode the mare like he was on the best horse from the moment the gates popped open.

Nate’s Dynamite Breaks Maiden at Pimlico!

BALTIMORE, MD – April 10, 2015 – Dare To Dream Stable’s Nate’s Dynamite splashed his way down the sloppy Pimlico stretch to finally nab his elusive maiden victory. Nate was coming off a couple tough runner-up finishes at Laurel where he looked like a winner, only to get beat by a very small margin in the final yards. Today, Nate made sure there was going to be no doubt who the winner would be. Sent off as the prohibitive favorite, Nate broke a step slow leaving the starting gate. Under jockey Jevian Toledo, the son of Mineshaft quickly recovered and immediately advanced up the outside, passing most of the field before the turn. Nate circled three-deep on the turn while setting his sights on the pacesetter Skylar, with Toledo providing some good encouragement along the way. When they approached the 1/8th pole, Nate put a head in front of Skylar and at that point it was just a question of how many lengths the winning margin would be. With all the momentum, Nate cruised to an easy four length victory leaving no doubt who was best on this day.

Congratulations to all the Dare To Dream Stable Partners on the win. Thanks to trainer Mark Shuman for a job well done. Of course, thanks to jockey Jevian Toledo who earned his money today on Nate, as he can take some prodding before he decides it’s race day!

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Jockey Club Purchases Majority Interest in Bloodhorse Magazine

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Taking the Reins of Investment Opportunities

And they’re off! A female racehorse known as Nicole’s Dream thundered to victory on the racetrack 17 times in three years to win more than $750,000—more than double her expenses during that time, Michael Faber, manager of Dare to Dream Stable, a racehorse syndicate based in Illinois, said. Throughout the filly’s racing career, her owners were able to visit the stables, observe warm-ups and practice runs and experience the thrill of the winner’s circle. Their participation in her success was possible because of a partnership established through Dare to Dream Stable.

A syndicate allows investors to own shares in a racehorse, splitting the costs of purchase, training and maintenance between several partners. This not only makes Thoroughbred ownership accessible to those who cannot afford a high-caliber horse alone, but offers an excellent opportunity for those who prefer to diversify their investments across multiple horses. A partnership through a syndicate takes much of the pressure off investors by providing accommodation, training and management of the horse’s racing career.

Syndicates originated with a man named Cot Campbell, president of Dogwood Stable Inc., founded in 1973. “I bought a horse with a couple of friends,” Campbell said. “[I] conceived the idea of doing a limited partnership, which had never been done in racing….I was told that you couldn’t do that, but I didn’t know any better and I did do it…and the next thing I knew a lot of publicity had been generated about this new concept.”

Syndicates allow investors to diversify their investments across multiple horses

Today, Dogwood and Dare to Dream are two of many such syndicates that offer investors shares in potential champion Thoroughbreds. Such organizations typically mark up the horse before selling shares, retain a small share themselves and partake in the winnings. However, each syndicate approaches partnerships a little differently.

After keeping a 5 percent interest in each horse, Dogwood Stable divides the remaining 95 percent into four 23.75 percent shares in a general partnership. Dogwood partnerships are racing only, as the stable does not participate in breeding. A horse is sold—for a profit, if all goes well—once his racing days are over, Campbell said.

Dare to Dream Stable has a flexible investment approach, Faber said. “We typically offer…anywhere from $1,500 to $25,000 and more….We try to have something for everybody,” he said.

Another syndicate, Team Valor International, has a third approach. “We limit the extent of anybody’s participation [in one horse] to 10 percent, as we encourage our partners to spread their risk over several horses if possible,” Barry Irwin, president of Team Valor, said. Team Valor’s partnerships are all in the limited liability company format to provide an extra level of security to investors, Irwin said.

Some groups may charge extra management fees or offer a professional’s services to help plan investors’ free time when attending races, among other options, Faber said. “It’s like mutual funds, in a sense, that you have to be somewhat cognizant of how much the fee is to join the partnership, how much fluff do you need, and how much are you willing to pay for it,” he said.

Although the thrill of owning a racing Thoroughbred may entice some investors, racehorses are an extremely risky investment. “We don’t market our vehicles as pure investments, but as a way to get involved with a potentially high-class racehorse. We will do our best to maximize the investment dollars, but nobody should go into the venture expecting to make money,” Irwin said.

Despite the potential for high returns, there is also the threat of losing the investment entirely.

“We’re dealing with animals, obviously, not machines or robots. They can get sick. They can get hurt….[And] sometimes it’s not even a matter of sickness or health. They’re just, sometimes, not good,” Faber said.

Nicole’s Dream is a best-case scenario. Another horse, also owned by Dare to Dream Stable, did not fare as well. A colt was bought for $100,000, then became afflicted with a series of ailments that required extra money to address. During his approximately 18 months with Dare to Dream, the colt cost about $40,000 to maintain. Faber said he believes the colt failed to make even $10,000 through racing. In the end, the colt was sold for $5,000.

“That wasn’t too great of an experience but, you know, that does happen,” Faber said.

For some, the excitement of investing in a horse justifies the risks involved

But the excitement of owning a winning Thoroughbred may be enough to justify such an investment, especially considering the potential for success stories such as Dogwood Stable’s filly Cotton Blossom, who recently sold for $1.9 million. She was purchased for $210,000 in 2005, according to Dogwood’s website. The filly won $724,987 during her racing career, according to the site.

As the successes of Nicole’s Dream and Cotton Blossom suggest, fillies are considered a safer investment than colts by the racing community. As long as a filly has a respectable pedigree, she will have some residual value as a broodmare—a female horse used for breeding—even if she doesn’t fare well as a racer.

Colts, on the other hand, have virtually no value if they fail to succeed in the races. “[But] a colt offers the shot to be a horse of unlimited value, if he can make a great name for himself on the racetrack,” Campbell said. “There’s that dream that exists. People love to identify with the quest to run in the Derby, or the Preakness, or the Belmont. And those races are participated in by colts almost entirely….Colts are a shot at the moon.”

The highest-priced stud horse of all time is Fusaichi Pegasus, who was sold for $60 million in 2000, according toForbes. Close behind him are Point Given, sold for $50 million in 2001, and Smarty Jones, sold for $39 million in 2004, according to Forbes.

Campbell, Faber, and Irwin all said that racehorse ownership is more of a lifestyle investment than a purely financial investment. Although there is always the possibility that a horse will bring in significant monetary rewards, it is best if investors go in without that expectation. The thrill of watching a horse run and the excitement of being an integral part of that experience can be the true reward.

“The high one experiences after winning a race lasts for a couple of weeks. I used to run the hurdles in college and I can tell you the thrill I get now out of winning a horse race far eclipses that of winning a race myself,” Irwin said.

“If you’re only looking for financial return and don’t have a love for the horse, or for the sport, or just for the excitement that it brings, I would say it’s probably not a good way to invest,” Faber said. “However, if you like the challenge, you love the thrill and the adrenaline rush, and you have the money to be a little adventurous with…Thoroughbred racing is definitely in a class by itself.