The Lincoln Farms way: Enjoying the thrills of racing - with a money back guarantee
Racing is littered with the rich and famous who have thrived on the public exposure of racing big race winners. But while the glory seekers come and go there have been few, if any, who have made it their business to share the joy with others like Lincoln Farms’ boss John Street.
Street has been a headlining owner of both the harness and thoroughbred codes for years, experiencing the thrills of winning races like the 2012 Auckland Trotting Cup with Sir Lincoln and 2011 Karaka Million with Fort Lincoln.
He won hundreds of races and millions of dollars in stakes before setting his mind to bringing the excitement of racing to a whole new audience.
And today, in what his business manager Ian Middleton calls “a great service for the industry” Street has dozens of people racing horses with him and his wife Lynne in special partnerships, the likes of which you won’t find anywhere else in the world. With a money-back guarantee and incredibly cheap cost structure, the Lincoln Farms partnership concept is generous to the point of “being ridiculous from a financial perspective,” says Middleton.
Not only are prospective owners not even put into partnerships until the horse has shown it is good enough to win – the cost of which Street bears himself - but, if the horse doesn’t win, people can choose to either get their money back or be transferred into another horse. “John wants to make it possible for first time owners to get into racing without it costing them a lot of money and to eliminate a lot of the risks,” says Middleton.
The bills in racing a horse are comparatively light too, with owners paying their share of monthly training fees for standardbreds capped at $2300 plus GST a month and thoroughbreds at $2500 plus GST a month. Lincoln Farms bears all the other myriad of costs that go with racing horses, like vets’ bills, blacksmith bills, transport etc.
“We don’t advertise or promote the partnerships – it’s mainly word of mouth – but there are plenty of John’s friends and others he didn’t know who are now having a lot of fun. Lincoln Farms always keeps 50% of the horses and I don’t think we’ve had a losing partnership.”
Some groups have even had windfalls, like the team which raced Harness Jewels winner Beaudiene Boaz. When the horse they had a 40% share in was sold to Perth for $250,000 their $40,000 investment turned into $100,000.
People are matched into horses they can afford
Horses who look like they’ve reached their mark are sold too – and Street’s generosity often sees those owners put into more valuable horses. With 71 thoroughbreds and 29 standardbreds on the books, people are matched into horses they can afford. Harness partnerships number eight at present and thoroughbreds 38, but the number is growing all the time.
Lincoln Farms has 40 thoroughbreds in work in New Zealand at any one time, mostly with leading Central Districts trainer Lisa Latta, and 30 standardbreds at Pukekohe with respected trainer Ray Green whom Middleton calls “an astute old dog.”
The harness horses are trained out of the former National Bloodstock barn adjacent to the track which Street spent more than $500,000 on, upgrading it into a facility matching his demand for excellence.
Only the best of the 14 two-year-olds which Green is educating will be raced by the partnerships, the likely non performers weeded out before anyone starts paying. And we’re not talking run-of-the-mill animals here. Among the production line are a number of top quality yearlings Street bought at the sales.
It’s a big operation and one which Middleton says the former Pak ’N’ Save king of West Auckland is happy to fund.
“John has made a lot of friends in the racing industry and this is his way of giving something back.”
Our latest winners
- Bob Best, Duncan, John and Dave Chisholm, Warwick Orr, Amy Myocevich, the 10-strong women of the Excell syndicate from Hunua, Ian Middleton and John and Lynne Street for Make Way’s win in the Redcliffe Derby.
- Shannon and Brenda Flay, Ian, Kathy and Daniel Parkinson, Debbie Sparks, Ray Menzies, Dennis Ebert, Ian Middleton and John and Lynne Street for Tommy Lincoln’s hat-trick at Auckland.
- Merv and Meg Butterworth for The Empress’ win at Auckland.
- Bob Best, Merle Gradwell, Green Machine Racing Syndicate, Brian & Margaret Rabbitt, Joe & Raewyn Chojnacki, Ray Green, Ian Middleton and John and Lynne Street for Trojan Banner’s win at Redcliffe.
- Neville McAlister and John and Lynne Street for Platinum Spirit’s upset win at Trentham.
- Debbie Green for Copy That’s hollow win at Auckland.
- Dennis Ebert, Debbie and Rob Sparks, Ray Menzies, Ian, Kathy and Daniel Parkinson, Shannon and Brenda Flay and John and Lynne Street for Tommy Lincoln’s win at Auckland.
- Kim and Anita Miller, Steve Beckett, Kevin Bell, Michael Brereton, Denis James, Margaret Rabbitt, Excell Syndicate, Athenry Syndicate and John and Lynne Street for Sir Tiger’s win at Cambridge.
- Ian Gradwell, Chris Western, Shannon Flay, Four Legs Syndicate, Ian Middleton and John and Lynne Street for Northview Hustler’s easy third win at Albion Park in Brisbane.
- John and Lynne Street for Lincoln’s Girl’s fourth win in Brisbane in 1:53.3.
- John and Lynne Street for Johnny Lincoln’s fresh-up win at Awapuni.
- John and Lynne Street for Lincoln Command’s upset win at Awapuni.
- Ian Gradwell, Chris Western, Shannon Flay, Four Legs Syndicate, Ian Middleton and John and Lynne Street for Northview Hustler’s sizzling win at Albion Park in Brisbane.
- Neville McAlister and John and Lynne Street for Platinum Rapper’s win at Trentham.
- Shannon and the late Arthur Flay, Daniel and Kathy Parkinson, Debbie Sparks, Dennis Ebert and John and Lynne Street for Tommy Lincoln’s win at Alexandra Park.
- Rod and Sue Fleming, Peter Jeffares, Ian Middleton and John and Lynne Streeet for Vasari’s exciting 1:52 mile rate win at Albion Park.
- John and Lynne Street for Lincoln’s Girl’s third win at Albion Park.
- Ian Gradwell, Chris Western, Shannon Flay, Four Legs Syndicate, Ian Middleton and John and Lynne Street for Northview Hustler’s first-up win in the Flashing Red at Albion Park in Brisbane.
- Ian Middleton and John and Lynne Street for Lincoln Hill’s win at Awapuni.
- Duncan, John and Dave Chisholm, Warwick Orr, Amy Myocevich, Excell Syndicate, Bob Best, John and Lynne Street and Ian Middleton for Make Way’s win at Newcastle.
- Merv and Meg Butterworth for Just Wing It’s win at Alexandra Park.
- Amy Myocevich, Excell Syndicate, Bob Best, Duncan, John and Dave Chisholm, Warwick Orr, John and Lynne Street and Ian Middleton for Make Way’s win at Penrith.
- John and Lynne Street for Lincoln’s Girl’s win at Albion Park.
Our runners this week
Thursday at Waverley
Platinum Bordeaux, Platinum Volos, Lincoln Dreamer.
Friday night at Auckland
Perfect Stride, The Empress, Copy That, Just Wing It, The Bull Pen.
Saturday at Hastings
Master Lincoln, Lincoln Town, Port Lincoln, Father Lenihan, Lincoln Hills, Almo Street, Lincoln Star.
News in brief
Street talks about his yearling buys
Lincoln Farms’ boss John Street, pictured above flanked by trainer Ray Green, left, and business manager Ian Middleton, right, bidding on the $140,000 Bettor’s Delight colt at Karaka.
NZB Standardbred’s Bruce Barlass caught up with Street after he claimed the title of leading buyer at Addington two days later, securing seven lots for $463,000.
You can watch the interview on the following link: