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Saratoga to Offer New Owners Luncheon

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will continue its “New Owners Luncheon” series at Saratoga Race Course for those interested in learning more about thoroughbred ownership, with the first forum scheduled for Sunday, August 7.

 

The day-long, comprehensive introduction to thoroughbred ownership will begin at 8 a.m. and include presentations by Graham Motion, trainer of Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom; Dale Romans, trainer of Preakness winner Shackleford, and owner Cot Campbell, president of Dogwood Stables, which campaigned 1996’s top 2-year-old filly, Storm Song. Also in attendance will be Barry Irwin, the founder and CEO of Team Valor International, owner of Animal Kingdom, as well as celebrity owner and world-renowned chef Bobby Flay.

 

The event will be hosted by former jockey and current NYRA television analyst Richard Migliore and emceed by NYRA consultant and co-host Thomas Gallo.

 

In addition to the in-depth discussions on horse ownership, guests will receive a barn tour, partake of multiple visits to the saddling area prior to the races, have opportunities to meet Saratoga’s leading jockeys, trainers, and owners throughout the day, and participate in a Winner’s Circle trophy presentation.

 

Registration will be limited to 30 attendees with a registration fee of $95, which includes the famous Saratoga breakfast on the porch, a full day at the races in an air conditioned luxury suite which includes a full buffet lunch, and giveaways.

 

“There is no better place than historic Saratoga Race Course to introduce prospective owners to the thrills of being involved in thoroughbred racing,” said NYRA President and CEO Charles Hayward. “I am sure that Tom and Richard will deliver a first-class event and we are proud to sponsor it.”

 

Migliore, who began riding in 1980 and a year later won the Eclipse Award as the nation’s top apprentice, retired in 2010 after winning more than 4,400 races, including 362 stakes. Twice the leading rider in New York, “The Mig” currently serves as a NYRA racing office associate in addition to his role as a broadcast analyst.

 

Thomas J. Gallo, best known as managing owner of Parting Glass Racing horse partnerships, has more than 35 years in the thoroughbred horse industry and has dedicated much of his career to bringing new owners to the racing game. When considering Gallo for this initiative, NYRA appreciated the PGR business model including its regular interaction with owners through monthly meetings where NYRA officials and many other industry notables make guest appearances. Also considered was Gallo’s long-term relationship with Migliore, who has been a guest speaker at many PGR meetings and NYRA events, where they jointly encouraged fans to get into the racing game through ownership.

 


 

 

 

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