Why would a racing bred Thoroughbred be unnamed?

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Why would a racing bred Thoroughbred be unnamed?

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    06-20-2013, 08:36 AM
Green Broke
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?
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    06-20-2013, 09:10 AM
Is she branded? Some Racing bred TBs are just a number until they're registered with a JC. Some also will be at the track and trained but not named until they need registering for trials/racing. Just a couple of guesses????
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    06-20-2013, 09:16 AM
Green Broke
She's branded and entered into the studbook, but just as "unnamed".
    06-20-2013, 09:21 AM
Ok well in NZ (so it might be different where you are) we had quite a few horses come into work and were just given a barn name until their owners registered them to race. She could've gone through the sales as a number and just never was purchased by a race owner or trainer, it can happen. Since you don't know her past, but you say she's not broke to ride?? I was going to speculate that IF she was broke to ride she may have had issues at the track like not entering the starting gates (and some horses can be so bad with the gates that they just send them home) or she might've been mightily slow....and got sent home without even a trial, I've seen both instances but its rare.
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    06-20-2013, 11:04 AM
We have unamed ones that are branded.. that are only in track work..not the actual racing just yet

Usually the owners give registrated names..they generally have stable names
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    06-20-2013, 11:12 AM
Im with Muppetgirl on that one. At least she's registered
Could be breeders ran out of money, maybe she wasn't mature enough to go into training, a lot of maybe' s possible here. If you get her, you can contact the breeder and ask, and also find out what the procedure for naming her would be.
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    06-20-2013, 07:28 PM
Green Broke
Thank you for all the responses, and I welcome any further ideas!

There is just something that feels a bit "off" about the whole thing. If I didn't like the mare so much I wouldn't pursue it.

I asked my friend to get what breeder/trainer information about her he could, so maybe that will reveal something.
    06-20-2013, 10:00 PM
If something feels off..then go with your stomach feeling

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