Once small investors in a large thoroughbred racehorse partnership, Vince Roth and Daniel Zanatta used their experience and knowledge to create a growing stable that’s both economical and fun.
Roth, of East Rockaway, and Zanatta, of New Hyde Park, met as co-workers at Merrill Lynch in Garden City six years ago and established Final Furlong Racing Stable in the summer of 2009. FFRS currently owns a percentage in four horses and plans to expand.“We became frustrated with the costs and management of the partnership we originally invested in and felt we could do a better job ourselves,” Roth said. “We wanted to build a model around our business expertise and give fans of the sport access to what many feel is unattainable.”
The process began with Zanatta calling nearly a dozen New York-based breeders and gained momentum after several conversations with Chris Bernhard of Hidden Lake Farm in upstate Otisville. Zanatta and Roth toured Hidden Lake and checked out 20 horses, choosing a pair to start their venture.“It’s always been our philosophy to acquire un-raced New York-bred yearlings and two-year olds,” Roth said. “We believe New York breds offer the most value as racing prospects due to the lucrative incentive programs and limited number of foals that qualify to race in New York-bred restricted races. The New York Racing Association writes over 600 condition races each year and 45 stakes races with total purses exceeding $4 million for registered New York breds,” he added.