Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
Why would a racing bred Thoroughbred be unnamed?
There is a Thoroughbred I am looking at buying but am just a bit unsure about something. My friend bought her from the sales cheaply for his then girlfriend who just liked the look of her, but has now left, and he was going to send her back to the sales but I really like her.
However, a few things are a bit strange. She's unnamed in the studbook. Rising five year old and was in pretty good condition but as she doesn't have a name she's likely never even been trialled. I looked up her sire and stud fee was about $5000, so obviously someone put some money into this horse, so why wouldn't they even trial her? I know a lot of OTTBs end up at meat auctions when they're too slow, but why send an untried horse? She doesn't lunge or anything, and seems pretty much unbroken, but well handled. No marks, scars, bumps, seems completely sound.
I don't know anything about racing, but what are some of the reasons that this would happen?
Is this a red flag?