Do I need to pay any additional fees after the initial purchase?
No, there are no out of pocket expenses after your initial purchase. The price of a share includes a prepaid amount for the care and training of the horse. In order to ensure the training and maintenance account maintains sufficient reserves race earnings are used to top off the account. In the event additional funds do need to be raised, MyRacehorse will have the option of issuing additional shares at whatever the market price is at that time.
Can I really make money by investing in a racehorse?
Yes! Your horse company is a for-profit entity. If the horse is ultimately profitable—which is measured against the cost of purchasing the horse, training, and maintenance, and other costs associated with operating the horse series company—you can expect to receive a dividend. Of course, there’s no guarantee that the horse will turn out to be profitable and in many cases horses are not profitable.
What are the risks of buying a micro share?
Horses are living, breathing, fragile animals and no guarantees can ever be made about the outcome of an investment in a racehorse. Most investments lose money, some break even, a few are profitable, and a select few are extremely profitable. We are here to provide a marketplace to make investing safe, secure and fun, but we are not removing the risk from racehorse ownership.
What are the benefits of buying a micro share?
Our goal is to enrich the horse racing experience for each investor. In addition to having an equity interest in the horse, we offer regular updates on how your horse is doing, free backside tours, farm tours, and events during morning workouts so you can watch your horse and chat with the trainer. When the horse races, you can gain access to the Winner’s Circle and enter a raffle for paddock access. We also have premium (paid) events on race day including owner-exclusive parties.
What does it mean to "Indicate Interest"?
Why do I have to pay a transaction fee if I pay with Credit Card or PayPal?
Our goal is to make horse ownership affordable for everyone. Rather than build the 3.5% transaction fee into our price, we’d like to give customers the option to avoid those fees by using a less expensive payment option like an ACH.
Who can buy shares?
Anyone over the age of 18 from a qualifying jurisdiction can purchase shares, as long as their investments do not exceed 10% of their annual income or 10% of total assets. We currently have horses available to both domestic and international residents, but there are a few US State restrictions which will be mentioned on the horse’s offering page.
What States are you currently accepting investments in?
As of August 12th 2019, we are accepting investments from 46 states. Currently we are not accepting investments in Alabama, Nebraska, Florida, and Washington. We anticipate several of these states being available soon.
Can I share an account with another person?
The name on your account is used to report your payouts to the IRS at the end of the year, so it’s important that only one name is associated with each account. That being said, you’re welcome to share your login information with friends of loved ones, and if your friend has a MyRacehorse account, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org, we can add them to our mailing list for email updates about your horses.
Can I buy shares for someone else?
Due to securities regulations, shares cannot be purchased for other people, however MyRacehorse does offer gift cards that you can buy for someone else.
Can I buy more shares in a horse once I’ve already invested?
Yes, if there are still shares available, you’re welcome to purchase more. The only limit is that your total active investments through MyRacehorse should not exceed 10% of your annual income or total assets.
Can I sell my shares?
Yes. If you’ve found someone interested in buying your shares, we can transfer them for you. There’s a $5 transfer fee, and we’ll need the buyer and seller to each fill out a 1 page form. Contact email@example.com for more details.
How many shares can I buy?
There is no minimum and the maximum is 10% of your annual income or total assets.
Why can't my investments exceed 10% of my annual income or 10% of total assets?
As a qualified security under Regulation A with the Securities Exchange Commision this is one of the investor requirements. No investor may invest in our securities if the investment on the platform exceeds 10% of annual income or net worth, whichever is greater. You will be prompted each time you invest on MyRacehorse (before checkout) to certify the investment you are intending to make meets this criteria.
How is a share's price determined?
There are four parts to an offering:
The Horse – This is exactly how much was paid for the horse via private purchase, claim, or auction.
Acquisition Costs- This is all of the fees that are associated with acquiring the horse and getting them ready to race. It includes expenses like sales & use tax, insurance, transportation, veterinarian expenses, bloodstock fee, and a few months (usually 4) of initial training cost. This account is a cash reserve account, so anything that isn’t used is returned pro rata to investors.
Prepaid Training – This covers training and care of the racehorse. It can cover anywhere from 4-18 months worth of expenses, depending on the horse. This is a cash reserve account, so anything that isn’t used is returned pro-rata to investors.
Management Fee – This is the MyRacehorse fee to acquire the horse, offer it via micro-shares on MyRacehorse.com, and handle the behind the scenes logistics of managing a race horse.
Can I name a beneficiary to inherit my shares?
Yes. Right now the best way to name beneficiaries for your shares in your will. Moving forward, we’re working on updates to the MyRacehorse app and website that will allow owners to name their beneficiary through the account page.
What are MyRacehorse’s fees on each listing?
There are never any mark-ups on the horse or their expenses, you pay exactly what we pay. There is a separate one time 15% diligence fee on a closed offering and a 10% fee of gross earnings that covers the ongoing management of the series.
What type of ownership stake am I buying?
You are buying a stock in a particular series of an LLC that has been validly issued in compliance with applicable securities laws. We establish a series for each horse offered, and stock in that series is what’s being sold.
Are these real shares? Who is the regulating agency for them?
These are genuine shares issued either under a state permit or through a Regulation A offering.
Why doesn’t MRH own 100% of any horses listed?
Our goal is to provide fans the opportunity to partner with established ownership groups,with a proven track record for success, hence our commitment to only own a percentage of the horse (5-60%). The MRH percentage is listed on the individual horse listings page.
Am I buying shares in MyRacehorse?
No. MyRacehorse is a manager of the horse companies and handles the offerings. Experiential Squared, Inc. DBA MyRacehorse itself is a separate company from the horse companies.
Do I get a K-1 or 1099 if there are dividends or profits?
If your horse has payouts you’ll receive a 1099-DIV. The intent is for these investment price points to be within reach of the average person – true crowdfunding of racehorses. To ease the tax filing burden, the horse series will issue 1099s.
How are horses selected?
All horses listed on MyRacehorse undergo an exhaustive diligence process, that includes a veterinarian check, conformation assessment, and value assessment that includes pedigree analysis, race history, remaining conditions, and several other factors that determine the fair market value of a horse. Only horses that meet the vet, conformation and value assessment requirements are eligible to be listed on MyRacehorse. However exhaustive our diligence process is, no guarantees can be made in terms of how successful they will be on the race track. Our goal is to use the best practices, partner with credible horsemen, and be rigorous with our diligence/assessments, but there will always be an element of risk.
How often will I get updates about my horse?
We strive to provide updates every week, but some horses will update more or less frequently. Ultimately, it depends on the horse’s trainer and ownership group.
Can I visit my horse in the barn area?
Yes, but you must be accompanied by a MyRacehorse Owner Concierge. Escorted tours are posted in the app, and are a first come first serve basis. Our terms and conditions with the trainers, tracks and partners, require all microshare investors to be accompanied by a MRH Concierge, so you’ll need an escort regardless of whether you have a state owner license or not.
What is a paddock pass lottery?
For each horse, we have a select number of passes to provide access to the paddock ring prior to the race. We distribute those passes among a horse’s shareholders via a lottery. You may enter for yourself, or yourself and one guest. Each share that you own of a specific horse entitles you to one entry into the lottery. You only need to enter once, our system will count your shares and make the appropriate number of entries. All entrants are notified of the results the evening before the race with the instructions for the winners on how to receive their credentials.
Do owners get access to the Winner’s Circle?
Yes. Tracks have been extremely supportive of MyRacehorse and in more than 90% of our races we have been granted an UNLIMITED number of Winner’s Circle credentials. When you enter a Paddock Lottery, you are automatically being entered into a Winner’s Circle Lottery. In most cases all entrants will be provided Winner’s Circle credentials. In the case that a finite number of credentials are available, winners will be notified the night before.
How are payouts determined?
Whenever a horse races, its purse (minus expenses) will be used to top of the reserve account, which is what we use to pay for ongoing expenses like stables, training, vet bills, etc. If there’s money left over after filling the reserve, the extra will be distributed among shareholders. A detailed breakdown of how a purse is used will be posted in the update section for each race.
How do I receive my winnings?
Where will the horses be based?
Each horse listing will specify the circuit that the Co-Owner intends to race the horse at. Plans can change over time, and it may be necessary to move the horse to another circuit.
Who determines when and where the horses run?
The racing manager and the co-ownership group have the decision making authority as outlined in the co-ownership agreement for each horse.
Do I get a say in how the horse is managed?
Micro shareholders do not have any say in how the horse is managed. At present, the stakes are minority participants in the larger horse ownership group, and the intent is for the Racing Manager and the Co-Ownership group to make decisions regarding the horse.
Do I have to become a registered owner?
Investments made in micro-shares do not make an individual eligible for an owner’s license.
Does MyRacehorse play a role in the Aftercare for racehorses?
MyRacehorse aids in the ongoing commitment to the wellbeing of thoroughbreds after racing. We team up with various organizations within Aftercare to find new homes and careers for retired racehorses. Not only do we make charitable donations to these great organizations, we actively participate in the safe transition and long-term placement of retired thoroughbreds.
What is Aftercare?
The term Aftercare in horse racing refers to the safe transition, placement, and retraining of horses once retiring from the racetrack. Some second career examples include eventing, hunter/jumper disciplines, dressage or trail riding. Depending on what is best for the horse, Aftercare organizations may decide to retire certain racehorses to a relaxing environment to live the rest of life out in the pasture at a loving home. Retired horses previously owned by MyRacehorse have gone on to a second career in jumping, breeding with other award-winning thoroughbreds, or just living a healthy and peaceful life with other animals on a farm.
Does a portion of my shares go towards Aftercare for racehorses?
For every share on the platform, MyRacehorse makes a donation to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) and we also have made contributions to many other well deserving aftercare organizations including California Retirement Management Account (CARMA) and New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program.
At what point does a horse retire from horse racing?
It depends on their age, soundness and prospects for a second career. MyRacehorse has retired several horses after injury and helped place them in new homes where they can relax and live a healthy life in their natural environment.
How do I update my email address?
We’re working on revamping our UI so customers can update their email addresses themselves. In the meantime, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting an email change and a member of our staff will update it for you.
I can’t log into my account, how do I recover my password?
Visit this link and enter the email address you used to set up your account. We’ll email you a password reset link so you can set a new password for your account.
Where can I find my payouts?
Payouts are issued to your MyRacehorse Wallet. You can view your wallet balance at any time by visiting the Account section of our app/website. Your wallet balance can be applied to any order placed through MyRacehorse.com, or you can request a wallet withdrawal to have your balance sent to you via check or e-payment.
Why didn't I receive my payout?
If your payout hasn’t been issued yet, it’s most likely because your account profile is incomplete. Before we can issue any payouts, we need a SSN, TIN, or EIN on file for any shareholder to make sure we have all the info we need to report those payments to the IRS at the end of the year.
How do I update my ssn?
You can update your account with your SSN by going to Account, then selecting Manage Profile. You’ll see a field to add your SSN at the bottom of the page, once you’ve saved that into our records it will appear as a string of seemingly random numbers and letters because we encrypt this information on our servers to protect your privacy. Your payout will automatically be issued within 15 minutes of updating your account.
What if I don’t have an SSN?
If you’re from outside of the US, you can enter your TIN in the SSN field. If you’ve set your account up under a company’s name instead of your own, you can enter your EIN into the SSN field instead.
I have a question about an order I placed with the MyRacehorse Shop.
The MyRacehorse Shop is run by a third party, you can reach them via email at email@example.com or call (877) 278-9804