In Thursday’s 3rd race, trainer Mike Stidham sent out Forever Royal for her second start with owners Arlington Racing Club 2. The 4-year-old daughter of Fort Prado was making her second start on the Polytrack, this time going a distance of seven furlongs.
Ridden by Mitchell Murrill, the filly broke well then settled near the back of the field, slowly advancing through the backstretch until her rider’s urging and was able to move into second in the stretch while the winner succeeded by 12 lengths. Forever Royal earned $ 4,160 for her second place finish.
Arlington International Racecourse created two racing clubs for the 2016 season as a way to offer racing fans a low-risk opportunity to experience horse ownership. Group members paid $ 500 each for entry, from which all associated costs are covered and decision made by their respective trainers. The goal is to garner interest in racing ownership and give the club members a chance to experience the thrills of owning a Thoroughbred race horse. Members receive free admission and parking, barn tours, and email updates throughout the season. If the racing club’s horses are successful on track then members may earn back their initial $ 500 fee; all other profits are donated to Galloping Out Thoroughbred Retirement Fund.
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