Michael Keaveney

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What attracted you to the horse racing industry? I was a more casual racing fan as a youth, but when I moved closer to Monmouth Park and started attending more often, I wanted to experience that partial ownership provides. 2. What aspect of horse racing do you enjoy the most? I enjoy handicapping the most, particularly when able to do it with groups of friends or family. 3. Why did you join the Wasabi Ventures Co-Owner Club? When looking for joining a syndicate, I wanted to find a group that was within my price range but still offered access and…
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Chris Barnes

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What attracted you to the horse racing industry? Growing up in upstate New York, trips to Saratoga was a Summer tradition. We would always have family reunions there and from a very early age, horse racing represented fun & family. I'm lucky in that both sides of mine and my spouse's family are racing fans so that association with family has never changed.What aspect of horse racing do you enjoy the most? I am a sports stats junkie, lover of Fantasy Football and anything sports-stats based. No sport offers the level of statistics that racing provides. Every race is its…
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Don Walsh

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What attracted you to the horse racing industry?  I was introduced to racing by a friend who was a regular horseplayer.  On the first day we went, we split a pick 3 or pick 4 tickets that ended up winning, and it was a signer to boot. That’s all it took to get me to be a fan.  What aspect of horse racing do you enjoy the most? I enjoy so many parts of the sport: the puzzle that each race presents to me as a handicapper; the people in the community that I have met; sometimes just being outside…
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Kind of a Big Dill – Part 8

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Kind of a Big Dill is happily recovered and training again, per our last update. His workouts are continuously improving and he is galloping into his first barrel series that starts in April. We are incredibly excited that KOABD, formerly Vineyard Harbour of WV Stables, has made such a wonderful recovery and is now ready to compete again. His trainer Samyi has been working hard to get him back into tip-top shape for his first competition. With only about two and a half months to go before the barrel races, he still has some work to do but is getting…
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Brian Leckie

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What attracted you to the horse racing industry? The first time I visited a racetrack, my mother was pushing me around in a stroller at Belmont Park when I was 6 months old in 1991. While I have no memory of being at the 1993 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita, my earliest memory of being at the track was rooting Julie Krone home in the upper part of the Monmouth Park grandstand at 4 years old. My uncle has been bringing me to Monmouth since I was a toddler, and I fell in love with racing immediately. My childhood basically…
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Jeff Musgrove

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Jeff Musgrove is one of our graduate club members, meaning he buys 20% or more of our horses! What attracted you to the horse racing industry? I was lucky to have a Father and an Uncle who loved horse racing and would take me to Pimlico as a kid almost every weekend. So, I grew up loving the sport and had a goal of one-day having ownership in a racehorse. My Father and Uncle have both passed away and I have reached the goal of horse ownership as a tribute to them What aspect of horse racing do you enjoy…
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Kind of a Big Dill – Part 7

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We are incredibly excited to announce that Kind of a Big Dill (formerly known as Vineyard Harbour) is back in action! After a long recovery period, he is finally training again and very excited to be. His trainer Samyi is super excited to be riding him again and cannot wait to tackle the next season.
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Jenny and Dave Brown

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What attracted you to horse racing? Jenny: The very first Derby I remember, was when I was in Elementary School, it was the year Winning Colors won. Who wouldn't be hooked after that?! I didn't grow up in a racing family or near a track, so had to figure out that there was so much more to the sport than just the Classic races. That was all pre-internet and pre-TVG, so you can imagine how hard that was. On that note, I love that my girls will be able to say that they come from a “racing family”. Dave: I…
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Tom Erisman

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What attracted you to the horse racing industry?   When I was 9 years old I remember watching the 1968 Kentucky Derby on TV and even then, it seemed more glamorous and so different from the team sports that I followed as a kid in PA.  I did not fully understand the aftermath of that race with the DQ of Dancer's Image (for butte) but that beautiful gray definitely made an impression and afterwards, I followed the triple crown races every year.  Then, after I attended my first Preakness in 1982 all bets were off!!  And since 1991 I have owned the same Grandstand…
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Kind of a Big Dill- Part 6

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As we shared earlier this year, Dill lacerated his fetlock pretty nicely when he was turned out in January. It’s been a crazy uphill battle with the healing process. When his trainer, Samyi, thought it was healed and Dill was ready to work, it bust open again. Then they really thought the start of August was it. But unfortunately again they started their training adventure, and it re-busted. After conversations with his vet, he was placed on 12 hours stall and 12 hours small paddock turnout with no riding for 4–5 weeks. This has left Dill and Samyi with hardly…
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