First off, I’d like to congratulate you on your amazing accomplishments in this year’s Olympics. As someone who professionally watches elite athletes move their fastest in exchange for cash and prizes, I have been impressed by both your swimming prowess and your grace under extreme pressure.
You’ve mentioned that you’re interested in Thoroughbred ownership now that you’re leaving the pool behind. I may be biased, but I have to say: good call. Other athletes and sports professionals are already in this game; people like Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Drew Brees, Patriots Wide receiver Wes Welker, skateboarding guru Rob Dyrdek, and Jim Rome. They are all examples of your peers having fun at the track.
Drew Brees and members of the New Orleans Saints football team at Del Mar.
Los Angeles Lakers star forward Pau Gasol
But, as you already know, there are so many other great reasons to get into this game. The tracks where the nation’s top horses, trainers, jockeys and owners compete are some of the most beautiful and historic sporting venues in the country. Furthermore, horse racing combines the adrenaline of intense competition with the inherent beauty of a Thoroughbred in motion. And maybe most importantly, race horse ownership is the thrill of being part of a team that helps a horse get from the stall to the starting gate. It’s unlike anything in the world, but don’t take it from me. Let MC Hammer show you.
I hope you do buy a racehorse, and I love that you’re leaning toward Bob Baffert as your trainer. The man can take care of horses and knows how to get them from the training track to the winner’s circle. If you want to learn more about getting into the game, you can explore this website or visit The Jockey Club’s OwnerView site, which is designed for people starting out as owners. There’s a huge support network out there for owners new to the game, and I hope you have as much fun with your horses as we Americans have had watching you capture all of your medals.
All the best,
Penelope P. Miller