Part 5: Young Professionals Ownership Group Heading to Breeders' Cup
This is the final segment of our series highlighting the group of young professionals who own Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf contender Best Performance.
Next up is Taylor Bassett from Syracuse, New York.
1.) How did you become a racing fan?
For as long as I can remember, my father brought me to the races at Saratoga during the summer. My real love for racing came from watching the horses in the morning. Morning workouts at Saratoga will make any casual track goer a fan for life. There are few things in life better than watching horses gallop, drinking a coffee and watching the sunrise. Now, I am a huge fan of the sport. I continue to learn more and more every day.
2.) What made you decide you wanted to be a racehorse owner?
My grandfather and my uncle have been partners with West Point for several years. I have been a competitive person my whole life having played college basketball. After college was over, I needed to find a hobby that fulfilled the excitement and competitiveness that college basketball could no longer provide. I was watching races, handicapping daily, researching pedigrees and attending horse sales. I liked a few horses West Point bought at the yearling sales and decided to get involved with my grandfather and uncle. Joe Migliore later reached out to me regarding the Young Professionals Initiative, and I thought it offered great value and thought I would give that a shot as well. Now I’m involved with seven West Point runners.
3. What do your friends/family think of your “investment”?
My friends and family always ask when my horses are running and want updates and pictures. People tend to ask a lot of questions about the sport because they don’t know much. It’s great to be able to help explain to people the ownership side of racing and hopefully encourage someone to visit the track.
4.) What advice would you give to other young people looking to get involved?
You don’t need a lot of money to get started. The finances are designed in a way that makes it very easy to go from fan to owner. West Point’s management and hospitality are very welcoming, especially for new young owners. There is nothing more exciting than being at the track and rooting for one of your horses down the stretch.
5.) How does it feel to have a horse pointing for the Breeders’ Cup?
I am 24 years old and I have not one, but two horses pointed for the Breeders Cup. If you would have told me that a year ago, I would have called you crazy. To have two babies competing in the most prestigious juvenile races in the world is surreal to me. I already had plans to attend the Breeders’ Cup as a fan, but I will have to pack a jacket and pants because now I’m going as an owner!