Winners Circle Racing was established in March 2015 by Charlie Longo and Matt Zuccarello: both U.S. Trotting Association Driving School graduates and amateur harness drivers. Their path's crossed at the Yonkers Raceway barn of trainer Dennis Laterza and their shared passion for harness racing evolved into a partnership in the form of a fractional ownership group.
Diamond Racing Stable was established July 1, 2022 by Charlie Longo and his focus will be on developing young horses for the NY Sire Stakes programs, racing the amateur circuit and importing racehorses from the UK and Australia.
To introduce a new generation of fans and investors to the amazing sport of harness racing.
Winners Circle Racing and Diamond Racing Stable recognizes the primary obstacles confronting potential owners is the cost and risk factor associated with horse ownership. Our solution is simple: offer prospective investors a "fraction" or small percentage of a racehorse that is within their budget enabling them to savor the total harness racing experience with piece of mind. Fractional ownership is an ideal way to own multiple horses at once, minimize your cash outlay and maximize your enjoyment.
Why invest with Winners Circle Racing or Diamond Racing Stable?
Because it's affordable and profitable! Horse racing was historically known as "The Sport of Kings." That is no longer the case as our two stables gets you in the game for as little as 2.5% of the purchase price. Whether you own a minimal or a majority interest, you are treated like royalty and reap all the privileges of horse ownership. We encourage investors to visit your horse at the barn, meet our trainers and enjoy the behind-the-scenes happenings in the paddock...and - with a little racing luck - pose for that memorable photo in the Winner's Circle. We also host special events for owners throughout the year such our Hambletonian picnic at The Meadowlands and holiday parties. It is at these events that owners can bond, exchange stories and share their passion for harness racing.
There's an old adage that says, "The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man." Perhaps this is the reason why owning a standardbred is such a rewarding investment. Become a member of the Winners Circle Racing or Diamond Racing Stable family today and start creating lasting memories. Come partner with us and experience 100% of the thrills for a fraction of the cost!
Meet The WCR/DRS Team
Managing Partner, Owner, Amateur Driver.
Charlie's exposure to racing dates back to 1970. A lifelong fan and handicapper who aspired to become a driver, he attended the USTA driving school in 2012 and co-founded WCR in 2015. His lifelong dream of driving in a race was realized on 6/29/16 at Monticello Raceway. Charlie has partnered with investors on 50 horses since forming WCR. He will compete on the NY State County Fair circuit this summer with River Belle, Summer Storm and Lady Heart
Managing Partner, Owner, Amateur Driver.
Introduced to horse racing at age 5, Matt's childhood desire was to become a harness driver. He set that dream in motion when he attended the 2010 USTA driving school. Fast forward 7 years and he has nearly 600 career starts, 15 wins and over 150K in earnings. Matt has owned over 55 horses to date and formed a Thoroughbred racing partnership group prior to WCR. His shining moment was capturing the 2014 C.K.G Billings Gold Cup followed by his proposal to his fiancee Kim in the winners circle.
Dennis A. Laterza
Trainer/Driver, Owner– Latz A Luck Stables
Dennis got his start in racing in 1994 learning his trade from his dad. He jogged his first horse at 8 and trained his first at 12. His finest moment as a driver came in 2007 at Yonkers with Daylon Trooper in a high conditioned race. His biggest training win was with Hill I Am in the NJ Sire Stakes Final in 2014. Dennis' base of operations is Yonkers Raceway.
Dennis began his racing career in the late 1970's at Roosevelt Raceway. He has enjoyed a successful 40 year run with over 1,100 wins in 10,000 starts and 11MM in earnings since 1991. Memorable moments include conditioning world champion Sunrise Stevie and track record holders Hornbie Patch, All My Life and Cumins Promise.
Trainer/Owner - Gilman Stable
Kim is a 2nd generation horsewoman based at Vernon Downs Racetrack. She learned her trained from her dad, the well-respected trainer /driver Ed Gilman that campaigned on the New England circuit.
Trainer/Driver/Owner– Harmon Racing Stable
Rob began his training career in 1984 and has amassed 3,138 training victories in 17,553 starts. Rob continues to drive on occasion on the amateur circuit. He has 659 wins in 5,494 starts. Rob is based at Mark Ford Training Center in Middletown, NY.