How Do Racehorse Owners Make Money?

Horse racing has become very popular over the years. The sport attracts millions of fans worldwide, and there is some serious money to be made if you know what you are doing. But just how do racehorse owners make money? We took a closer look.


What Is Horse Racing?


Horse racing is an equestrian performance sport that involves horses running at speed.


There are two main types of racehorses: Thoroughbreds (TB) and Quarter Horses (QH). Thoroughbred horses are highly capable at racing and jumping, while Quarter Horses particularly excel at sprinting short distances. Both breeds have their own unique characteristics that set them apart from other breeds, and which make them the perfect candidates for racing.


In the UK, the most common type of racing is called Flat racing, where the horses run on a flat track. This is also known as harness racing in North America.


How Do Racehorse Owners Make Money?


So, just how do racehorse owners make money, and what makes this such a lucrative and appealing pastime? Let’s take a look.


  • Through Winning Races

This is the obvious way in which racehorse owners make money; indeed, as Racing Post points out, most of the prize money generated in this sport goes to the racehorse owner. In the words of Scott Burton, “it has evolved from the days of sweepstakes and match races, and has to offer that carrot in order for a sufficient number of owners to invest in horses.”


  • Through Breeding

Money in race horses can also come from breeding, and this is a common way to make some cash in the industry. Breeders often buy young horses from trainers and sell them back to the trainers once they reach an age where they are ready to race.


  • Through Sponsorship

Another way that racehorse owners make money is through sponsorship. Sponsorships can range from small amounts to large sums of money. Some sponsors include major brands like Coca-Cola, Nike, and McDonald’s. Other sponsors include smaller companies, such as local businesses and charities.


  • Through Advertising

Finally, racehorse owners can make money through advertising. Many people watch horse races because they enjoy watching the animals compete against each other. If you want your brand name associated with a specific horse, you can advertise during the race. This means that you can get your company name seen by potential customers before, during and after the race.


Final Thoughts


Owning a racehorse can be a lucrative investment, but it requires a lot of time and effort. It takes years of training and grooming to produce a quality racehorse, and this is not an avenue to pursue if you are simply interested in fast cash.


If you want to invest in a racehorse, make sure that you have plenty of spare time available to devote to its care, and that you have the knowledge and experience to bring the best out of every horse you train.


To see these incredible horses in action, don’t forget to check out our horse racing calendar for 2022 at Newbury Racecourse for an up-to-date list of fixtures and events.