NEW YORK CITY (Wednesday, July 2, 2014) – Ownership syndicate and National Handicapping Championship sponsor Sovereign Stable will give away a fractional interest of one of their 2-year-old prospects in a drawing open exclusively to NHC Tour members, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today. The winner will own 2 percent of a Sovereign horse targeted to debut at the upcoming Saratoga Race Course meet and will receive 2 percent of that horse’s net earnings throughout its career.
Registered NHC Tour members can enter the contest at https://www.formstack.com/forms/ntra-nhcsovereign. The winner will be randomly selected on July 17, the day prior to Saratoga’s opening.
The winner will never incur any out-of-pocket expenses and needs only to complete an owner profile, sign a LLC operating agreement with Sovereign Stable and obtain an owner license in New York and any other applicable state licenses (all paid for by Sovereign Stable).
“We are delighted to offer this unique ownership opportunity exclusively to NHC Tour members,” said Matt Gatsas, managing partner of Sovereign Stable. “In addition to the grand prize, we will hold drawings throughout July and August to win special experiences with the Sovereign ownership team at Saratoga.”
As a partner, the winner will receive paddock access – and potentially winner’s circle access – at Saratoga and other tracks where the racehorse competes throughout its career.
Additional prizes include 10 paid NHC Tour memberships for 2015, Sovereign Stable merchandise and invitation-only morning experiences on the Saratoga backside.
Entry into the Sovereign Stable Saratoga Summer Promotion is not automatic. Interested NHC Tour members must register for the contest online.
The DRF NHC Tour is a yearlong series offering $200,000 in additional prize money and 20 or more qualifying berths to the National Handicapping Championship (NHC). Membership in the 2014 DRF NHC Tour (ntra.com/en/nhc/become-a-member) requires a one-time membership fee of $50, which is valid for the calendar year. The top 150 NHC Tour points leaders at the end of the year will be guaranteed entry into the 2015 NHC, where the overall, season-ending NHC Tour points leader will win $75,000 and be eligible for a $2 million bonus should he or she capture the 2015 NHC.
The 16th Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship, presented by Racetrack Television Network, Sovereign Stable and Treasure Island Las Vegas, is set for Jan. 23-25, 2015 at Treasure Island. The NHC will offer a record $2 million-estimated purse and at least $750,000 to the winner, along with an Eclipse Award as the Handicapper of the Year.
The Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship is the most important tournament of the year for horseplayers. There are no “buy-in” entries at the NHC. It is the culmination of a year-long series of NTRA-sanctioned local tournaments conducted by racetracks, casino race books, off-track betting facilities and horse racing and handicapping websites, each of which sends its top qualifiers to the national finals. Each year, the NHC winner joins other human and equine champions as an honoree at the Eclipse Awards. The 15 NHC Champions since the event’s inception, in chronological order, are Steven Walker, Judy Wagner, Herman Miller, Steve Wolfson Jr., Kent Meyer, Jamie Michelson, Ron Rippey, Stanley Bavlish, Richard Goodall, John Conte, Brian Troop, John Doyle, Michael Beychok, Jim Benes and Jose Arias.
About Sovereign Stable
Sovereign Stable, Inc. is a horseracing management company that provides a unique and affordable entry point into the highest levels of Thoroughbred racing. Partners in Sovereign enjoy full participation in the ownership experience and are offered the opportunity to spread their risk over multiple horses. Sovereign Stable, Inc. acts as Racing Manager for each partnership, overseeing the day-to-day management of each horse. Past Sovereign standouts include Grade I winner Negligee and 10 stakes winners. Sovereign’s current trainers are John Terranova and George Weaver.
About the NTRA
The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of more than 80 horse racing interests consisting of leading Thoroughbred racetracks, owners, breeders, trainers, horseplayers and affiliated horse racing associations, charged with increasing the popularity of horse racing and improving economic conditions for industry participants. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York City. NTRA press releases appear on NTRA.com, Twitter (@ntra) and Facebook (facebook.com/1NTRA).