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Re: [RC] Barbaro - Truman Prevatt

It really depends on the farm. Yes at the track they are in the stall, but many farms have large turnouts for their horses. Several actually ride their breeding stallions to keep them in shape (and used to being handled).

It is a culling process to be sure. But many are culled out before there is any damage. At the 2 year old sales in Ocala (and I suspect everywhere else) the horses run a timed furlong. To slow and they don't go into racing because they don't have the raw speed necessary to work with.

On eventing trainer told me you can pick up many very good horses for meat prices after these sales. This was back in the 80's and she said that it is amazing how many Secretariat sons were in the dressage, hunter/jumper and eventing sports.

There are still horses that have long careers, but they are geldings just like in the past. With stallions the economics don't make sense to keep racing them pulse stallions tend to slow down at about 4 or 5 which isn't a problem with geldings.

On interesting thing is many of the great geldings started on turf and then came over to dirt and ran on both through out their career. John Henry and Forgo come to mind. John Henry may be a classic example. The dirt track was too hard on him when he was young. They moved him to turf where he blossomed and then brought him back to dirt at about 5 where he cleaned house on both surfaces.

The TB industry is an industry. It's economic model pretty much dictates the flow. It takes looking at a lot of horses to find one with potential to win a major stakes race. The down side is there is a lot of carnage along the way. But given the economics I don't see it changing any time soon.


It really is a minor point, the most important thing is racing very young, secondarily a confined living style that prevents bone building exercise, with a bunch of stuff contributing.


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