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Zipse At The Track

WinStar does it again!

Desperately looking for someone, or anyone, within the thoroughbred racing industry to think outside the box and make a real effort to do things that actually benefit the fans and the horses, rather than looking only at the bottom line? I offer WinStar Farm as a great example of an industry leader more than willing to do just that.
The Versailles, Kentucky farm has certainly enjoyed their share of success the last few years, notably winning the 2010 Kentucky Derby with Super Saver, and the 2010 Belmont Stakes and 2011 Breeders’ Cup Classic with Drosselmeyer. As good as they have been in America’s biggest races; they seem equally adept at giving back with unique offerings.
Here are some of the things WinStar has offered over the past few years:
-WinStar StableMates A truly unique offering that certainly is the industry standard for letting fans of racing and horses experience and enjoy the thoroughbred in a way that before was only available to insiders. There are four levels of membership, ranging from a simple free membership all the way to the Grade 1 offering, which “delivers the closest thing you can get to the experience of owning a thoroughbred racing and breeding farm,” according to WinStar.
-Kentucky Derby Fantasy Challenge A free fantasy contest at its finest, WinStar’s version has fans create a 12 horse stable with the aim of racking up the most earnings on the Kentucky Derby trail. Plenty of prizes were awarded to the best players, but even if you didn’t win, the contest only added more fun to racing’s favorite time of year.
-World Championship Challenge was another free interactive contest, this time on the Breeders’ Cup, where fans played an entertaining game, and if they showed enough skill, took home some great prizes.
-Name Super Saver’s little brother gave fans a chance to submit their choice for the name of a potential champion. The winning entry (Superfection) not only named the young horse, but was one of the entrants to receive more cool prizes from WinStar.
-Farm Cams gives the viewer a chance to get seldom seen and continuous behind-the-scenes looks at the inner workings of one of the top thoroughbred farms in the world.
As you can see, WinStar Farm has made a huge effort to create innovative ways for the fans of thoroughbred to enjoy the sport they love in ways never before available … But what about for the horses? WinStar is on it.
I received the following press release this afternoon explaining their newest example of doing good for the industry. Note that 100% of the proceeds go towards the benefit of our retired athletes. Read on my friends … This one is for the horses!
 
Join WinStar in auction to benefit the New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program!
We need you to partner with us during this Christmas season to benefit, one of WInStar’s favorite charities, the New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program!
We will auction some of WinStar Farm's most historic and treasured racing memorabilia starting today. The auction will take place online through ebay, running Friday, Dec. 9th through Tuesday, Dec. 13th. Access the auction directly at WinStarStableMates.com. All proceeds will go directly to New Vocations.
"The folks at New Vocations have one of the most important jobs in our industry in my opinion, and they do a tremendous job," said Elliott Walden, President and CEO of WinStar Farm. "They have a great program that re-trains these tremendous athletes for their careers after racing, and then they place them with people who have been qualified through an extensive evaluation program, which includes a years’ worth of follow up, to ensure that these horses continue to be cared for to the standard that they deserve. It's our responsibility to the industry to support programs such as New Vocations, and WinStar is always honored to do it."
It is WinStar's hope that fans and supporters of the sport will get behind the auction and pick up some great Christmas gifts for a wonderful cause. Some of the items that will be auctioned include:
*25 Drosselmeyer Breeders’ Cup hats signed by Mike Smith, Bill Mott and Kenny Troutt
*Drosselmeyer Breeders’ Cup Classic paddock blanket
*Super Saver 2010 Kentucky Derby rose from winner's blanket
*Drosselmeyer Belmont Stakes-winning shoe
*Drosselmeyer Breeders’ Cup Classic-winning shoe
*Drosselmeyer halter
*Distorted Humor halter
*Tiznow halter
*Super Saver halter
For more information, please contact Jenny Barnett at 859-537-2725. Visit WinStarStableMates.com to access and bid on auction items. And while you are there, please consider signing up for one of our Grade 1, 2, or 3 memberships – they make very special Christmas gifts!

 

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I know they aren't the only ones doing great things for the game, but they do the best job in drawing in fans to support needed services. Also, the farmcam is an awesome idea to show fans a behind the scenes point of view. Especially for a sport that is usually so secretive where the average fan is kept WAY out of the loop.
I admit--I am a Farm Cam user : )
I have to agree with you what they are doing for the fans. Winstar Farm had a contest a while back and they ran a few of them to name their colts in contests. I entered them and I was a LUCKY winner in one of them. And can you believe that it is Gemol…read moreogist that I named and now is on the derby trail. It makes me feel good that even though I am not an owner I feel like I am a part of him,knowing he his caring that name and for the rest of his life and that is something I am a part of even when he goes to stud and has crops of his own one day. It's so cool when I read the articles about him on the internet with his name and it hits me that I named him or when they are calling his name during the race by the track announcer. It was exciting to see him win the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes and hear his name called. They sent me a copy of the jockey papers that you get when the colt is named for racing and a key chain with his name on it like you see them wear on their halters. I also play the other contests they have as well. I am a free member of there stablemates and hope to join one of the graded ones one day. I do want to see though if he does make it to the Derby or one of his other big races he may run if I would request tickets if they would agree and be a part of the winners circle. That would be so great. Winstar has figured it out. I know it is all about breeding and owning but if it was not for the fans and people who bet on the races,would there be an industry for horse racing. Sorry to be so long in this message. Just wanted to share.
I can't say enough good things about WinStar! Their concern, prayers & generosity for my family after my son Tim's "Tiznow to his horse racing family" tragic death in September, will always hold a special place in our hearts! WinStar is truly a very special place!
Completely disagree that they are charging for activites that are free at many other farms. No farm that I know of offers anything near what they offer.
Oh no, I've been getting emails from them for months now about it. I know exactly what it is. Also, I find it funny, that with my paid membership, I have the opportunity to spend more money (auctions, $50 picnic, etc). Brian, I have no doubt that a lot of things WinStar is good for the sport. This one is just icky to me, I hope the other farms don't follow the lead of charging their fans to see and participate in activities that are free at many other farms around Kentucky and elsewhere.
Mike, you touched on the only thing that is not free ... although as stated, there is a free membership option as well. And keep in mind, it is far more than just opening doors. You get much more, just follow the link to check it out. ·
I can't really explain it, and I've tried to sit down and put in words why. Doesn't exactly work. SO, flame away....I do not like the StableMates program. I have a big problem with WinStar claiming to open their doors and give VIP treatment FOR A FEE. I really dislike the idea of having to pay money to feel like and insider. Because I don't pay, does that make me an outsider? Silly, I know, but it just doesn't feel right to me.
I was just on their website earlier today checking out their auction items. I'm sure these are going to go for some insane prices, and I don't have the money to afford any of it. I must say, though, that I, too, was impressed by what they have done for the industry in recent years.
I think Winstar has done an excellent job of bringing fans into horse racing. I love their derby fantasy challenge and will help support their auctions.

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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing since birth. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 
  
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A graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives in Suburban Chicago with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra, where he is a professional golf instructor when he is not following the horses.