Joe Conte said he had never even been to the Meadowlands
Racetrack, much less owned a racehorse.
Thanks to the New Jersey racetrack’s wildly popular “Own A
Horse” promotion, Conte got to experience both thrills during March as an owner
of the horse, Legion of Boom.
After registering online, Conte was randomly selected to
“own” the horse during March. Conte and his wife made the 250-mile round trip
each weekend from their home in Wilmington, DE in order to watch and cheer on
While he did not have to pay any bills or incur any
expenses, Conte received a check from the track for 10 percent of the horse’s
earnings. That came out to a cool $984 by the end of the month thanks to a win,
a third, and a fourth place finish.
“The opportunity to go to the paddock and see the horse was
very special,” explained Conte. “Add that to seeing some of the best
drivers in the world up close was second only to the minutes before and during
each Legion of Boom race. The nervous anticipation, the disappointment
after a tough trip, and when he won, the utter joy I felt was something I will
never forget. A picture of me in the winner’s circle was the icing on the
Conte and fellow Legion of Boom owner Mark Picardo attended
the races all five weeks of the contest. They came with family and friends,
which helped expose the sport to even more potential owners or race fans.
In total, more than $13,000 has been paid out to the new
horse owners during the first three months of the “Own A Horse” contest at the
The “Own A Horse” promotion will continue to run each month
throughout the Meadowlands racing season. Fans may register online by visiting
the Own A Horse page on the track’s website http://bit.ly/1QtpAYK.
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