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The Wonderful Experience of Being a Part Owner of a Racehorse

Taste of Victory horse Binkster. Photo provided by Taste Of Victory.

Many people have found it hard to get involved in horse racing ownership. It’s easy to crave the feeling of being in the paddock before your horse’s race and then meeting them in the winners’ circle. It’s easy to want to be able to visit the backside of your favorite racetrack to see your very own racehorse. Unfortunately, it is not so easy to find the funds to satisfy these cravings. But with the increase in owner partnerships, more and more people have been able to feel these great feelings.

Christopher Fronczek is one of those people who have been able to experience racehorse ownership through partnerships. He has owned shares in multiple horses through Taste Of Victory Stables.

Fronczek first heard about Taste Of Victory Stables when he attended “Fantasy Owners Day” at Laurel Park in March of 2017. The event allowed participants to have a Q&A session with racing partnerships, horsemen, and officials. They were also paired with a horse that was running that afternoon to experience the types of things that owners would experience (such as going into the paddock and winners’ circle).

Fronczek met Phil Schoenthal, a trainer for Taste Of Victory Stables, at that event. “He gave us a lot of his time,” Fronczek explained. “About a month later, he allowed us to visit his barn in the early AM and also watch babies breezing. We got to meet one of his owners, Cal MacWilliam, and Sheldon Russell the jockey. We were at Laurel for the races later in the day and Phil's horse won the 10th race. He invited us into the Winner's Circle for the picture.”

In October, Fronczek attended Maryland Millions Day where he met Andrew Calvano. Calvano was working for Taste Of Victory Stables at the time, so Fronczek began emailing back and forth with him about the stable’s current offerings. Finally, in March of 2018, Fronczek bought into Taste Of Victory’s Funny Cide Group. “To show how things come full circle, Phil Schoenthal was the trainer of several horses in the group,” said Fronczek.

Some Taste of Victory co-owners with trainer Phil Schoenthal.