In an era dominated by fantastic fillies, another type of female is taking over the track.
A new all-female partnership named It’s All About the Girls won with their first horse, Dance Team, in their first race with the filly. The syndicate, put together by Anna Seitz, was an idea that Seitz had since she visited Australia for a work trip last year.
“I’ve been in racing for a long time and I realized there are a lot of women who would be interested in getting into racing. I thought it would be pretty cool to start [a partnership] that’s just for women because that seems to be the trend,” Seitz said.
“When I was down in Australia working for Fasig-Tipton last year, I saw that there is a lot more women involved in racing and I thought that this seems like a pretty neat thing to do to get people involved in racing - make it about women and buy fillies and make it all female orientated - so that’s kind of how the idea was formed.”
Seitz had planned to start the partnership later in the year but then she had a chance to lease Dance Team. She knew that she couldn’t turn down the opportunity and contacted some friends to get the ball rolling.
“I thought that I would get to [forming the partnership] in the summer and that we would buy a yearling in the fall, but all of the sudden the opportunity to lease our first horse came up. It was such a good opportunity that I had to do it right away,” she said. “So I leased the horse and then after that I started gathering partners and putting together an operating agreement, so the horse came and then everything followed after it.”
The “all girls” idea of the partnership was particularly intriguing for some partners who were intrigued by the more social aspect of It’s All About the Girls. This was one of the reasons that Laura D’Angelo joined the partnership after Seitz asked her to draw up the legal documents putting It’s All About the Girls together.
“I decided it would be super fun to have a little piece of a racehorse and to do it with all girls is a little more fun,” D’Angelo said. “She has this great idea of having it be a little more social and I like that.”
After Dance Team’s win at Arlington Park earlier this month, the group got together on June 19 in Lexington, Ky., to celebrate the win and socialize at a syndicate launch party.
Many members of the partnership didn’t know each other, so the event also served as a meet and greet for the group.
“Tonight is a night for all the girls involved in It’s All About the Girls Stable to just kind of meet in greet and mingle and get to know each other,” said Olivia Hart, a partner in Dance Team. “Most of us have no idea who anyone else is so we’re just finding out who each other is and how we got involved.”
Seitz’s main goal for the partnership is to introduce women to the sport through a positive experience. She hopes that the group can travel to tracks around the country and enjoy the social aspect of racing.
The partnership is also meant to be educational. Seitz is planning on taking the partners through the process of getting a horse ready for the races. She plans on educating the group on how to buy a yearling at one of the fall sales and going from there.
“I’d like to teach the girls the whole process of shopping at auction, how to break a yearling and the whole process of getting her ready for the races because it’s not that easy where you get a horse ready and she turns around and wins for you the next day. So I’m going to teach them how you get horses to the races.”
A day after the party, Dance Team worked four furlongs at Arlington Park to prepare for her next start. Seitz hopes that her first victory was just a sign of what is to come for the partnership.
“[Her win] was right after the Belmont Stakes so we were watching together here in Lexington and the Belmont Stakes had just ended and we were still going crazy. Everyone was like, ‘why are these people still cheering, the Belmont is over,’ and I said ‘it’s all about Dance Team!’ So it was really fun and a good start to hopefully a really good program,” she said.
For more information on joining the It’s All About the Girls Stable, you can contact Anna Seitz at aseitz@FasigTipton.com.