One month into the Meadowlands Racetrack’s Own A Horse
promotion, the results are clear – this contest is a winner for everyone.
10 lucky fans earned a chance to “own” a piece of one of
five different horses competing at the Meadowlands during January. While the
fans did not actually own the horse, they received up to 10 percent of the
horse’s earnings, paid for by the Meadowlands, while also getting access to
meet their horse in the race paddock, visit with the trainer and driver, and if
lucky enough, get a picture in the winner’s circle.
Seven of the 10 contestants came out to the Meadowlands to
watch their horse in person and brought friends and family with them.
In total, $4,819.05 was paid out by the Meadowlands to the
contestants. One contestant and his wife even drove from Nashua, NH each week
to the Meadowlands to watch his horse compete.
“We completely enjoyed our “own a horse” experience,” said
Scott Harris, who earned $1,112.50 as an “owner” of City Pie, trained by Mike
Russo. “Because of the people involved and the experience, it was so worth it
for my wife and I to drive the four-and-a-half hours from our home in Nashua
NH, even in a snowstorm. We made sure to drive down every Saturday in January,
so we wouldn’t miss any part of the fun.”
Another contest participant, Shelby Sadler from Maryland,
won $1,056.05 courtesy of Melanie’s Sharkette. She and her husband loved the
experience so much that they are exploring ways to get more involved in the
sport at their local racetracks and maybe even own a horse for real in the
The contest will run each month with 10 new “owners” selected.
Sign-ups for the March round of the contest are open by visiting the Own A
Horse page on the Meadowlands website. Fans can register until February 25.
For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com.
Photo Credit: Lisa Photo
Shelby Sadler to the right of driver Joe Bongiorno with
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