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I agree with JustDressageIt. Its not worth the risk. Although your mare does have one or two good horses in it, they really aren't that fantastic. And even if they were, that doesn't mean your mare is good for breeding. For one, how is her conformation? Those pictures are really small.
Yes, she's got a fair barrel time. However, its not amazingly fast, and just because she can fly around some barrels doesn't mean she could run a mile in a minute and a half. Doesnt mean she'll be able to pass anything down to her child.
That's a lot going against you. Not to mention that even to get a claimer out of her, you're going to need a good, well built, fast, PROVEN stud to make up for what she hasn't done on the track. That means at least $900 in stud fee, even for a so-so stud. Then you have pregnancy care. That's atleast $500 of vet bills and such. After the foals birth- providing that it IS healthy, it will need its shots, a checkup every now and then, shodding, and expensive feed.
Then ofcourse, think about the fact that the foal can't even begin training until it is a two year old. That's two years of just sitting around and eating all day. THEN you'd have to pay for training, and IF he runs well on the track and IF he will break from the starting gates and pass his tests, you'll need an exercise rider, a jockey, a stall at the racetrack, a trailer, the ability to go fom track to track, and most likely a groom. Not to mention even higher calorie food, extensive conditioning, etc. I have no clue what that would cost you, but I'm guessing AT LEAST $5000 by the end of things. With an amateur jockey and a non famous trainer.
This is assuming that the horse doesnt injure itself or have any setbacks in its first two years of life. Even after starting racing, theres always a chance of injury. A LARGE chance. You have to be prepared.
Its really not worth risking when you only have one mare. Unproven on the track.
I'm not telling you not to try to pursue your dreams to establish yourself in the racing business, just to be a bit more...realistic. =] go one step at a time. Think about becoming and exercise rider or something first- or if you're really confident- a jockey, Make sure that you can withstand the pressure, the hard work, the drugs, the rough people, and the all together high strung erra of the track. If you like it after a year or so, try purchasing a two or three year old at an auction so that you don't have to worry about breeding expenses, upkeep as a foal, etc. Look for one who has already raced a few times, so you have an idea of how it performs. Race that horse, and if you do well, think about adding another. If you're the type for the job, within a decade or so you could have a nice operation. However, its not realistic to breed your own and start from scratch.
I mean, its your horse. I can't tell you what to do...Just think about what I said. And good luck.
I work with a drop-dead gorgeous granddaughter of Secretariat, who also has- ofcourse, Bold Ruler, Native Dancer, Unbridled's Song, and a few other less well known but very strong performing horses- yet she couldn't run worth a dime. We now use her as an advanced lesson horse in dressage, and she excells. Racing though...it just wasn't something she could do, dispite her heritage.