Lifelong friends Jared Shoemaker and Marc Wampler started Pocket Aces Racing over a game of poker in Lexington, Kentucky. Both had always been passionate about horse racing. During his college years at University of Kentucky, Shoemaker even scheduled his classes around the Keeneland meet. 10 years later Wampler, now a bloodstock agent, suggested the pair chase their dreams and buy a racehorse. Pocket Aces Racing started as a long shot but didn’t take long to find its way into the winner’s circle.
Shoemaker and Wampler wanted to learn everything they could about thoroughbred partnerships and the industry. Within months the pair interviewed owners, trainers and every other expert they could find to better understand what made other partnerships successful. What are successful thoroughbred syndicates doing well? What wasn’t working? And, most importantly, how could Pocket Aces Racing provide an even better thoroughbred ownership experience?
Their passion, persistence, and homework soon paid off. In 2005 Pocket Aces Racing invested in its first racehorse, a yearling, and named her Victory Morning. True to her name, Victory Morning won her very first race in September 2006, and the Pocket Aces boys were hooked for life. Ten years later, Pocket Aces Racing boasts a stable of over a dozen horses and 150 partners.
Pocket Aces Racing ownership experience
Pocket Aces Racing offers racehorse partnerships in over a dozen horses across the United States. Horses prep for the track at Margaux Farm in Midway, Kentucky, and Woodford Thoroughbreds in Florida. Once they are ready for the track, horses are stabled across the country at Churchill Downs, Saratoga, Canterbury Park (Minnesota), Laurel Park (Maryland), and Belterra Park (Cincinnati). Because Pocket Aces Racing stables horses across the United States, owners everywhere have ample opportunities to see their horses train and race.
Shoemaker believes that racehorse ownership should never be about the money and all about the experience. As such, Pocket Aces Racing provides continuous updates via email, phone, text and their website so owners always know what their horses are up to. Furthermore, Pocket Aces only partners with trainers who are happy to accommodate visiting owners.
What makes Pocket Aces Racing different?
Pocket Aces Racing offers racehorse ownership for partners of all financial means. Poor Horsemen can often buy a racehorse for as little as $1000 per share. Meanwhile, wealthier horsemen can invest even more of their hard earned money in the thoroughbred of their Derby dreams. This variety demonstrates that Pocket Aces Racing offers the racehorse ownership experience to everybody.
Pocket Aces Racing does not offer a fixed-cost racehorse ownership model, as Shoemaker believes this can encourage owners to make decisions based on finances rather than the best interests of the horse. Instead, Pocket Aces Racing makes racehorse ownership affordable by investing in a variety of horses and capping ongoing expenses. This way, their partners have clear cost expectations every step of the way.
Bottom Line: Pocket Aces Racing offers racehorse ownership for everybody
Why do you want to buy a racehorse? Pocket Aces Racing provides racehorse ownership opportunities for both poor and not-so-poor aspiring horsemen.
Pocket Aces Racing has done well with average earnings of $6,879 per start, winning 30% of its races thus far in 2017 . Even when its horses (and owners) aren’t smiling in the winner’s circle, Pocket Aces Racing has finished in the money in 63% of its races this year. Despite his success, Shoemaker recommends setting a safe budget you can afford to lose, investing in multiple horses, and diving into every aspect of ownership.
Racehorses are not machines, and one awkward stumble can end a horse’s career. Meanwhile, owners with multiple thoroughbreds have more opportunities to see their horses race and experience the Sport of Kings on a peasant’s salary.
All information is accurate as of the original publishing date. While I make every attempt to update this page, details are subject to change. Please visit www.pocketacesracing.com for the latest information.