Two fans who correctly picked Animal Kingdom as the winner of
the Kentucky Derby are now owners of a thoroughbred race horse after winning
the “Win A Horse” contest on Horse Racing Nation.
Dave Valerio of Chicago, IL and Karen Serrill of East
Greenville, PA have become the latest owner-members of Final Furlong Racing Stable.
The “Win a Horse” Contest challenged fans to pick the winner
of the Kentucky Derby where Final Furlong was giving away a 1% share in their
partnership, which holds an interest in three New York-bred runners: Belso Wild (pictured below), a 3-year-old son of Offlee Wild;
The Point Is, a 3-year-old Point Given filly, and a 2-year-old daughter of
Closing Argument. Nearly 2,000 people entered
the contest with just 53 picking Animal Kingdom to win.
“I’m very excited and
look forward to following the horses I now have a piece of,” said Valerio, who
was introduced to racing by his Dad when he was just a kid. “I’ve never been an owner, but I just love to
watch them run.”
Karen Serrill, 49, is thrilled to be owning a horse for the
“I was looking at the Derby entries online when I saw the
contest, and thought WOW, wouldn’t that be a dream come true,” said Serrill,
who said the Triple Crown races have been a family tradition for over 25 years. “Thanks Horse Racing Nation and Final Furlong
for this amazing opportunity. My family
and I are ecstatic!”
Final Furlong was founded by partners Dan Zanatta and Vince
Roth, who approached Horse Racing Nation with the contest idea. “We wanted to promote horse ownership and
expose more fans to the idea of entry-level partnerships,” said Zanatta,
managing partner of Final Furlong.
“Horse Racing Nation seemed like the perfect outlet to expose new racing
fans to ownership.”
“We were thrilled with the response,” said Mark Midland of
Horse Racing Nation. “Partnerships are a
great way to become an owner, and we think Final Furlong offers an excellent,
affordable option to get in the ownership game.
We are thrilled that we could work together to showcase horse ownership