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post #11 of 15 Old 04-09-2012, 07:38 AM
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As others have noted, racing is an expensive game and not something you can do well when you're counting pennies. That said, you could start to leg her up (after a vet has verified soundness issues are resolved) at slow paces on hills. You mention access to trails and if you have some decent slopes as part of that it's a good way to start to put a bottom on her. No need for you to do much more than walking and trotting here to start.

At some point, you're going to need to move her into the track for speed work and additional conditioning. Sometimes you can strike a deal with a trainer - day rate reduced or waived for an ownership share of the horse and/or higher percentage of purse money - but usually the trainers willing to do this are not the successful ones. You'll also likely have high vet bill, blacksmith and other expenses once she's at the track. Even if you start with some early foundation work, it's probably going to be at least 60 days at the track before she runs, probably more. There are costs associated with this no matter how you do it. You might consider bringing in a partner who has deeper pockets if you really believe this mare has potential. As already pointed out, the nomination means nothing relative to her ability - but sometimes trainers with large stables will get a rid of a horse with talent because they have other horses waiting for the stall and don't want to invest in recovery time after an injury. has a free blog focused on young horse training, alpha issues, horse care, equine careers and more. Google "Horse Sense and Cents" or "Nanette Levin" to find fun surprises. Enjoy the Ride!
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post #12 of 15 Old 04-09-2012, 10:26 AM
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They dont call it the Sport of Kings for nothing. It costs alot of money to race a horse. And in inexperienced hands a tragedy in the making. So many dream of having the next triple crown winner. And if you havent noticed those who do make it to top races even breeders cup are people with millions already in there pocket. Its a hard sport to get your foot in the door and make it worth the time. And its a huge price the horse has to pay.
Sorry to bust anyones bubble but its a pipe dream that has a 1% chance of going anywhere. JMO
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i board at a barn that races a couple horses a year. It is extremely expensive, and time consuming, with little chance of success. out of the last 5 horses, two had a few small successes, 1 was successful, and two did nothing except spend alot of money, and i think that was above average success.

we get them in shape 'pre-track', riding every day, starting with trotting, then trot/canter, canter/slow gallop, just building stamina(these are distance horses), and making the trainers job a little easier by sending a horse thats already in decent shape to the track. its an hour + per day(brush, tack, warm up, work out, cool out), 6 days a week. you are riding a young powerful horse at speed, you need to be confident and experienced. as well feed needs to be increased, supplements changed and a knowledgeable person needs to keep an eye out daily for potential problems and lameness.

racing is obcenely expensive and rarely pays off. unless you have $2000 + disposable income per month I would not even contemplate it.
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post #14 of 15 Old 04-09-2012, 11:47 AM
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and a really promising race prospect will not be abandoned because of a flesh wound. by the time they reach 2 most thoroughbreds have cost upwards of $5000(stud fee, care, training). its likely either the wound was likely to caus unsoundness under hard work or she was not showing much promise on the track anyways.
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post #15 of 15 Old 04-09-2012, 05:22 PM
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Blue Spark thinks the same way as I do!

A wound would not stop the owners from racing her.
I do not know if it is the same in the US as the UK but many horses are entered as foals for the classic races, means nothing except that by entering very early the entry fees are cheaper. Does not mean the horse will actually run.

Racing is a gamble and very expensive. Yes, there are cheap trainers out there but usually that means they are not very good!
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