Minor League Pitcher is a Major League Owner

Ryan Houston is a minor league pitcher who owns a stable of five Thoroughbred racehorses.

“I bring my computer to the ballpark and I’m on the phone every single day deciding what races to enter.”

Horse Owner Ryan Houston

Horse Owner Ryan Houston

“I like the competition of it,” Houston said. “I get more nervous before a horse race than I do before I go out to pitch. It’s the idea of having no control over the outcome and knowing there is a lot of money at stake.”

Houston, who lives in Florida during the offseason in order to be near his daughter, raises his horses on a Kentucky farm owned by his mother. He said one of his horses competed in the stakes race that followed this year’s edition of the Kentucky Derby.

“I picked up horse racing about 10 years ago from my mom, who has been at it for 15 or 20 years. I actually bought one of her horses.”


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Rich Nilsen is an 18-time qualifier to the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), an event he has cashed in four times. He was the first player to finish in the top 10 of the NHC twice. A former executive with Brisnet.com and a member of the NHC Players’ Committee, Rich is a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program and is founder of AGameofSkill.com, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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