Blinkers On sells a percentage interest in each thoroughbred. The minimum buy into a horse is five percent. The initial investment covers the purchase price of the horse and all pro rata expenses from the date the horse was purchased until the beginning of the current quarter. It also covers the pro rata share of estimated expenses for the current quarter. These expenses cover training, veterinarian supplies and fees, vanning, blacksmith, legal fees, tax preparation, mortality insurance, and general liability insurance. Partners are billed quarterly (in advance) thereafter, and estimates and actual expenses are reconciled on a detailed statement. Quarterly costs will vary depending on if the horse is training at the track or resting on the farm. Unanticipated veterinary costs can also increase quarterly costs. Quarterly costs, assuming the horse is in training at the track, are estimated at $12,000 to $14,000, or $600 to $700 per quarter for a five percent interest.
Owning a horse in a partnership means you will be paying syndicate fees but will be receiving benefits you would not enjoy owning the horse by yourself. These benefits are in addition to the reason most people join the partnership which is lowering the cost of ownership and reducing risk.
Blinkers On provides professional management including bloodstock services for the acquisition of your equine athlete, the selection of a top-quality trainer to give your thoroughbred world class care and an experienced racing manager that will make the critical day to day decisions required to maximize your athlete’s potential.
Billing and Administration
Blinkers On will deliver timely, accurate accounting including accounts payable, invoicing and purse distribution.
Superior Customer Service
Blinkers On will give you straight forward, honest communication regarding your horse’s activities via the Partner Lounge in a password protected area on our website. You will also have direct contact with the managing partner and he will be available via his e-mail and his personal cell phone number, 24/7. Blinkers On will also provide you the full owners experience with insider access to the track, stables and auctions. Finally, if you are like the majority of Blinkers On Partners, we will be having our picture taken in the Winners Circle.
There are multiple ways to earn a return on your investment in addition to the thrill of participating at the highest level of racing. The first way is through purse earnings. The chart below* shows the typical distributions. Owners of a horse earning a purse will receive a disbursement check within 30 business days. The second way is through the revenues earned if the horse is sold. The horse may be sold for racing or breeding. For instance, if a mare has been successful on the track, having won a stakes race or, even better, a graded stakes race, her value will increase dramatically as a breeding prospect and may be sold by the partnership. Horse racing can be expensive, and you may not recover all the money you have invested. You should not invest solely to earn a profit, because there are no guarantees of financial success. Having said that, with risk there can be enormous rewards. Blinkers On is dedicated to maximizing our partners’ chances of success.
First Place- 60% of the total purse, Second – 20% of the total purse, Third – 10% of the total purse, Fourth – 6% of the total purse, Fifth – 4% of the total purse. Trainers typically receive ten percent of any purse earnings. Jockeys receive ten percent of a winning purse, five percent of second or third place purses, and a flat fee of $60 to $100 per mount for finishing off the board. *Figures are based on industry standards and vary slightly by track location and purse value.
Blinkers On receives eight percent of any purse earned to support our staff and offices. This enables us to continue to provide superior investor services.
Nothing compares to the thrill of victory! Through our investor program, you could experience a rush that no words can adequately describe as you watch your horse cross the finish line first, then dash to the winner’s circle for your photo. Blinkers On Racing Stable offers you the opportunity to participate in this exhilarating world at a reasonable cost. At Blinkers On we like to say, “all the thrills without all the bills.” Blinkers On typically sells 5% and 10% shares, enabling investors to diversify by purchasing shares of multiple horses. This reduces risk and increases each individual’s chance of owning a champion. Blinkers On handles all of the details, from the day-to-day management decisions to the financial reports. We make it easy to be in the greatest game in the world!
At Blinkers On we guarantee to do everything in our power to purchase the fastest young horses we can find at reasonable prices, and apply our proven training model and industry knowledge to position these horses to win. Throughout this process, we are dedicated to keeping the lines of communication open so that every investor is fully apprised of his or her horse’s status. Finally, Blinkers On owns a percentage of every horse we sell. Having “skin in the game” makes our commitment to winning second to none.
As a Blinkers On investor you will become an insider in all aspects of world class thoroughbred racing, from the “backside”, to with good fortune, the winner’s circle. You will have access to morning workouts and the stable area so that you can see first hand how your horse progresses under the expert guidance of our training team. On race day, as a licensed owner, you will have free admission, paddock privileges and an opportunity to meet and greet the trainer and jockeys. Then, if your horse wins, you will feel the unmatched thrill of walking up to the winner’s circle for a photograph.
In addition, you will have access to a password protected private partner section on our website. Here you will get constant updates on your horse including a workout recap, upcoming racing plans and every other detail on your horse. Blinkers On’s staff will also keep you updated on your horse’s activities via email and will, of course, be available by phone to answer any questions you may have.
Blinkers On purchases young thoroughbreds, primarily yearlings and 2-year-olds, being sold at auctions across the U.S. Our thoroughbred buyers, Greg Gilchrist, Brain Koriner and Jeff Bonde inspect thousands of horses from March to October. After detailed evaluation of conformation, pedigree and athleticism, a handful of horses are considered. At auction, the horses offering the best value are purchased, generally in the range of $30,000 to $200,000. These horses are expected to compete at the highest levels of racing.
The horses are then sent to the track where the Blinkers On trainers begin the intensive process of preparing them for a successful racing career. When the training has reached the point where our team feels they are “ready to win,” they are entered to compete at a major racing venue in California. From this point on, Blinkers On has two major goals: Financial prosperity for our partners and the horses’ welfare.