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MacDonald Featured In Speaker Series

Published: September 21, 2016 10:29 pm ET

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Anthony MacDonald will be the guest of the U.S. Trotting Association's T.J. Burkett as part of its Speakers Series on Thursday's Little Brown Jug Day, talking about his popular fractional racehorse ownership program.

Burkett, executive editor of Hoof Beats Magazine, will host a half-hour Q&A at the Delaware Fairgrounds, in the USTA / OHHA tent next to the Log Cabin in the backstretch starting at 8:45 a.m.

"The USTA has spent the last two years actively marketing to potential owners and investors in harness racing, and the work done by Anthony MacDonald and his wife, Amy, with is something that we are excited to share with our guests at the USTA Speaker Series,” said Burkett. “We hope that those in attendance to see this as a new and innovative way to bring new owners into the sport.”

A tape of the interview will be posted on later Thursday.

The MacDonalds created in the fall of 2015 as an affordable way to boost harness racehorse ownership, among both first time and long time owners.

Fractional ownership with allows owners to purchase as little as one share in a promising yearling, an industry first. For a yearling valued at $25,000, this means an initial investment of just $250 per share plus the monthly training fee of $20.

The single share concept has already brought groups of new owners into harness racing with, attracted by its low buy in price and high entertainment value, something MacDonald says is already promising to help revive a flagging industry. has been out in force at the fall sales in Ontario and throughout the U.S. and is aiming to scoop up great deals to pass along to their growing roster of owners, which now spans four countries and two continents.

The unique program has now added prominent trainers Paul Kelley, Tony O'Sullivan, Andrew Harris and Kyle Fellows to program. The foursome will continue operating their own barns, but will team up with MacDonald in a training cooperative that will bring a new group of promising youngsters bought at yearling sales to the races.

(The Stable)

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