Before I start anything, I'm going to copy and paste the title of the topic:
What's your view on training young Thoroughbreds for racing?
Thoroughbreds, not standardbreds, first off. I do not doubt you know about standardbreds. I also know that is not what this topic is about, nor what I am talking and referring to.
Again, all the above mentioned races are for horses aged 2 - 4 years of age. Meaning if they switched the qualifying age to 3 years old, trainers would not be "shipping"out 2 year old horses. The horses would get that extra year to mature before hitting the race track. If they did not have 2 year old races, there would be more sound horses at 3 because we would not have to start training at 1!!! I really don't understand what part of this you can't understand?????? To take a horse out of a field and train them down to race, if everything goes well and the horse stays sound, it take about 6 to 9 months. The yearlings would get to play in the pastures with the other babies for an extra year before ever seeing a harness.
First of all, this is a friendly forum so try not to talk like I'm stupid because you cannot read and assess my points. Someone owns the babies whilst they're young, and they sell them at yearling sales because, AGAIN, this is how you get the best return for your investment. I understand your point love, but in the TB racing world, that is not how it works. The owner that only breeds and sells yearlings isn't going to want to sell them at 2 years old, no matter when the races are ran. To think that yearling sales are held BECAUSE of 2-year-old-races is absurd. They're held because the quicker the owner/breeder sells them, the more money that is made. Holding a baby for an extra year becomes a LOT of money very quickly, because it takes just as much money to house and feed a bad baby as it does a good one--and 'breaking even' is not what these breeders are after!
Same with the races. Quicker return, which is why they are run young. Why would the trainers want to hold onto a horse for 4-5 years to FINALLY start making money with it in big races? You're missing the point that is here. The races for the money are all at the 2-3 range, yes. But this is BECAUSE this best suites the trainers and owners!
'Then I suppose you should "quote" the rest of my statement instead of deleting the reason why I believe trainers care about their horses. Don't edit my words to suit yourself.'
I didn't, I was shortening because that was your point. I didn't change that, to my knowledge. I just took out your reasoning. If the point made does not stand alone, then perhaps it is not a very good point!
remember I'm am talking about standardbred racing, so all these thoroughbred names you are throwing around like you actually know them, mean nothing to me!
Then please stop putting your thoughts in on this thoroughbred board. The 'names I threw out' were Smarty Jones (winner of Kentucky Derby and the Preakness), Storm Cat (The stud with the highest stud fee and has been that way for MANY MANY years) and Eight Belles, the mare that broke down during a triple crown race. These are all big-name, well-known horses even outside of the TB world. Just because you are unaware, shows your inability to speak as a informed individual on the TB Racing subject.
I have no doubt that you know worlds more then me about standardbred racing. But the two are very different (especially in the amount of money they bring in), and was not what the OP asked about.
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