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[RC] Kentucky Derby - k s swigart

Tammy said:

In a message dated 5/4/2008 12:51:30 P.M.
Pacific Daylight Time, coss@xxxxxxxxxxx writes:
More to blame is the
practice of racing at two years of age--just babies!

Most of these really aren't even two years of age.
 Remember all TB birthdays are 01/01 for racing.

Actually, despite the fact that for the purposes of racing (and showing,
mind you), horses are considered to have their "birthday" on 01/01,
rarely ever are the horses at the track not really two years of age
(i.e. at least 24 months old).  Horse races for two year olds don't
start getting added to the racing card until about June (I don't know if
all tracks are the same), and very few Thoroughbreds are born after
June...and those people who have horses that are born after June,
generally don't run them as "two year olds" if they are not yet actually

While some of the horses in horse races for three year olds may not yet
actually be 36 months old, you are unlikely to find a horse entered in a
horse race that is not at least 24 months old.

While I, personally, agree that racing horses as two and three year olds
is asking too much of them, it would be wrong to think that just because
race horses have their "official" birthday on January 1, that that means
people are out there racing horses that are, if you take their real date
of birth to calculate their ages, yearlings.

Orange County, Calif.


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