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In this Issue: • Waking Up the Morning Glory • An OTTB Enjoys the “Easy” Life • Preventing and Preparing for a Barn Fire • Thoroughbred Ownership Costs Explained F NO W C OVERING INDIANA F


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Kipling (Gulch-Weekend Storm, by Storm Bird) Sire of Breeders’ Cup winner and all-time leading Oklahoma-bred KIP DEVILLE ($3.3 million in earnings) 2015 Fee: $2,500

Toccet (Awesome Again-Cozzene’s Angel, by Cozzene)

Save Big Money (Storm Cat-Tomisue’s Delight, by A.P. Indy) Oklahoma’s leading second-crop stallion and sire of stakes winner MAMA’S MAD MONEY and stakes-placed Rich Uncle 2015 Fee: $2,000

Multiple G1 winner with progeny earnings of more than $11 million 2015 Fee: $2,500

The Visualiser (Giant’s Causeway-Smokey Mirage, by Holy Bull)

$1 million yearling and graded stakesplaced son of GIANT’S CAUSEWAY Sire of ZEALOUS VISION, an easy winner of the 2014 Oklahoma Classics Lassie 2015 Fee: $1,500

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• Winner of the G2 La Canada Stakes at Santa Anita

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VALOR FARM STALLIONS ARE OFF TO A HOT START IN 2015!

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SILVER CITY, easily the leading freshman sire in the region last year, is the sire of undefeated PROMISE ME SILVER, the 2014 Texas Champion 2-Year-Old Filly who is a perfect SIX-FOR-SIX WITH FIVE STAKES WINS, including the $100K Dixie Belle Stakes at Oaklawn Park in January of this year! SILVER CITY is also the sire of Silverhill, who ran second in the Grade 3 Bashford Manor S. at Churchill Downs. SILVER CITY has already sired EIGHT WINNERS in his first crop with earnings of $445,054. EARLY FLYER is the sire of EARLY FANTASY (pictured), winner of the $50K Yellow Rose Stakes; FLY THE RED EYE, winner of the $50K Richard King Stakes; and Santacafe (2nd in $50K Bara Lass Stakes) all during the 2015 Texas Champions Weekend at Sam Houston.

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W V JETSETTER, by JET phone, won the TTA Sales Futurity and a division of the Texas Stallion Stakes and finished third in the Grade 2 Saratoga Special Stakes last year to be named 2014 Texas Champion 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding. The Estate of Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. Ken Carson, General Manager Donny Denton, Farm Manager • David Unnerstall, Attending Veterinarian Post Office Box 966 • Pilot Point, Texas 76258 (940) 686-5552 • Fax (940) 686-2179 www.valorfarm.com • www.facebook.com/valor.farm


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What you need to know about barn fires

Departments Fast Furlongs State Association News The Marketplace Classifieds

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Features

36 Understanding why some horses only excel in the morning

Fire! Learn how to react when barn fires erupt and how to prevent them

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OTTB Spotlight: The “Easy” Life Texas-based LOPE transitions former claimer into the perfect pasture pal

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Waking Up the Morning Glory 36 What makes some horses train well but race poorly? A Real Chart Topper Texas-bred Thegirlinthatsong carries on her home state’s winning tradition

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Sam Houston Smorgasbord 54 Over a span of less than eight weeks, Sam Houston Race Park offered a total of 20 stakes Ask a Vet 58 What are the primary or most important vaccines needed for a Thoroughbred, and what is the best way to develop an annual schedule for my horse?

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Selling the Game: 62 Becoming an Owner—Types of Ownership and Costs To become an owner, it’s important to understand the types of ownership options and costs AMERICAN Racehorse • MARCH/APRIL 2015 5


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ILLEGAL DOPING MEETS ITS MATCH Trainers Praise Natural Alternative By: Mark Hansen

The pressure to win is so enormous that many horsemen resort to whatever it takes to get a piece of the purse or a decent sale…even if it means putting their horses’ lives in mortal danger by doping them with illegal synthetic erythropoietin (EPO) drugs to boost endurance. Veterinarian Gary Smith said, “It’s a problem all over the industry. There is no way horses should be put on (synthetic) EPO.” So how do racers win? How do you gain a competitive edge without harming your horses or risking your livelihood? The answer may be found in a safe all-natural horse supplement that supports natural EPO function. Why is EPO boosting so critical? Just like in people, a horse’s muscles require oxygen for fuel. Red blood cells are the body’s oxygen-carrying cells. A higher red blood cell count = more oxygen = more muscle energy. Elevated muscle energy helps the horse perform harder, faster and longer during endurance events. All horses naturally produce EPO in their kidneys to stimulate production of new red blood cells from bone marrow. In short, EPO is a natural “blood builder.” With EPO doping, trainers try to boost the EPO effect to get a winning performance every time. They use a synthetic EPO (recombinant human EPO), even though the side effects can harm the horse. That’s one reason why it’s illegal. Fortunately there’s another option. EPOEquine® is a safe, highly effective natural dietary supplement scientifically engineered for performance horses. A Kentucky trainer who refused to give out his name, said, “I don’t want my competition to know about this.” He found EPO-Equine® to be

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Indiana Grand Announces 2015 Stakes Schedule

Indiana Grand’s meet will run from April 21 to October 31. Indiana Grand Racing & Casino has released its 2015 stakes schedule for the upcoming Thoroughbred meet. The schedule includes 37 stakes worth more than $4 million in purses for the 120-day meet, which begins Tuesday, April 21. Highlighting the stakes schedule is the 21st running of the Grade 2, $500,000-added Indiana Derby, which will move away from its traditional fall date to Saturday, July 18. The Indiana Derby is the state’s richest Thoroughbred race and will be complemented by four other stakes on the racing program, including the Grade 2, $200,000-added Indiana Oaks. The week leading up to the Indiana Derby will feature seven stakes from Wednesday, July 15, through Friday, July 17. “We have been considering a date change for our Indiana Derby for the past few years, mainly to avoid inclement weather, and we found the perfect spot in mid-July,” Director of Racing Kevin Greely said. “By moving the Indiana Derby to the summer, it will give racing fans the opportunity to enjoy the race during warmer weather and it will also give Indiana Grand the opportunity to create a multi-day festival leading up to the big race. We have added an additional day of rac-

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ing that week and will offer more than $1.6 million in purses for 12 stakes over four days.” In addition to the Indiana Derby, the top turf stakes of the season, the listed $200,000-added Centaur Stakes for 3-year-olds, will be run Wednesday, September 9. The Centaur Stakes will be joined by three other stakes that day, including the $200,000-added Indiana Grand for 3-year-old fillies on the turf, also a listed stakes. Indiana Grand will feature its first “Indiana Sprint Championship” Wednesday, September 30, highlighted by six Indiana-bred or -sired stakes, all at a distance of six furlongs. The 120-day meet will conclude Saturday, October 31, with four stakes highlighting the inaugural “Indiana Champions Night,” featuring the best state-bred horses of Indiana. “We are really focusing on the quality of our stakes program and have added two new open stakes races to expand our 2015 schedule,” said Jon Schuster, vice president and general manager of racing. “Once again, Wednesday afternoon will be the focus for most of our stakes races. This has proven to be a great spot for a national audience. In addition, it gives us the opportunity to draw entries from some top stables in the region, boosting the quality of our stakes as well as our overnight races.” In all, 27 of the stakes will be run over the one-mile dirt course, with 10 stakes scheduled for the turf course. The meet, which also includes American Quarter Horse racing, will be conducted on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 2:05 p.m., with first post for Saturdays set at 6:05 p.m. Thursday racing will be added September 17. For more information, go to indianagrand.com.


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Evangeline Downs Releases 2015 Stakes Schedule Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino has released its Thoroughbred stakes schedule for the 2015 season, which gets underway on April 8. The Opelousas, Louisiana, track will offer 21 stakes races worth $1.9 million during its 84-day meeting that runs through August 29. The highlight of the season will take place on May 30, when the track hosts the second running of the $300,000 Evangeline Downs Turf Sprint. The five-furlong race is one of the richest turf sprints in the country and should attract plenty of talented horses such as

Heitai, who won the inaugural edition in 2014. Evangeline Downs Turf Sprint Day will include a total of five stakes races worth $640,000. Louisiana Legends Night will take place on Independence Day, July 4. The annual event features eight stakes races for Louisiana-bred horses and total purse money of $700,000. The evening’s highlight will be the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Classic for 3-year-olds and up competing at 1 1/16 miles. For a complete stakes schedule, go to evangelinedowns.com.

Lone Star Park Moves Texas Mile to Friday Night for 2015 Stakes Schedule Lone Star Park has announced its 2015 stakes schedule with the most notable change being the placement of the Grade 3, $200,000 Texas Mile Stakes on a Friday night. The April 24 event is one of 11 stakes totaling $1 million scheduled at the track. As always, the meet will open with the $50,000 Premiere Stakes for Texas-breds on Thursday, April 9. The 50-day meet runs through July 19 with daily purses estimated at approximately $145,000. Stars of Texas Day will be July 11 with two divisions of the $100,000-estimated Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales

Futurity and the $50,000 Valor Farm Stakes and $50,000 Assault Stakes for Texas-breds. Two divisions of the Clarence Scharbauer Jr. Texas Stallion Stakes for 3-year-olds will be contested May 9 with a purse of $75,000 apiece. Lone Star’s second graded stakes, the Grade 3, $200,000 Lone Star Park Handicap, is scheduled for Memorial Day, May 25. The stable area at Lone Star opened March 9 for training and March 23 for stabling. For more information, go to lonestarpark.com.

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ff Caines Stallion Station Adds Sherriff Cogburn, Mister Lucky Cat Caines Stallion Station near Wynnewood, Oklahoma, has added two new stallions, Sherriff Cogburn and Mister Lucky Cat, to its roster for the 2015 breeding season. Raced by country music star Toby Keith’s Dream Walkin’ Farms, Sherriff Cogburn hit the board in seven of nine career starts while earning $203,071. The son of undefeated Eclipse Award champion 2-year-old colt and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Vindication won the 2010 Prairie Meadows Juvenile Mile Stakes by nearly 10 lengths and placed in the Grade 2 West Virginia Derby and Grade 3 Iowa Derby. Sherriff Cogburn is out of

the stakes-winning You and I mare Sweet Nanette and will stand for a $1,000 fee. Mister Lucky Cat, a $650,000 select yearling, is a winning son of Storm Cat out of the Grade 3-winning Mr. Prospector mare Get Lucky. While a trailer accident limited his time on the track, he brings a strong pedigree as his dam produced Grade 1 winner Girolamo, Grade 2 winner Daydreaming and Grade 3 winner Accelerator. He will stand for a $1,500 fee. For more information, call (405) 826-5549 or visit cainesstallion station.com.

Zip Quik Retired to Stand at Menoken Farms in Colorado Zip Quik, a Grade 2-placed son of City Zip, will stand the 2015 breeding season at Linda Wood’s Menoken Farms in Montrose, Colorado. He will stand for a fee of $1,500 as property of a syndicate. Zip Quik hit the board against stakes company in his career debut at Hollywood Park and then broke his maiden against special weights in his next start. Later in his 2-year-old campaign, he finished second in both the Grade 3 Hollywood Juvenile Championship Stakes and Grade

2 Saratoga Special Stakes. He retired with four wins and earnings of $152,236. Out of the stakes-winning Ascot Knight mare Senita Lane, Zip Quik is a half brother to the dam of Grade 1 winner Sean Avery. Zip Quik joins a stallion roster at Menoken Farms that includes Crafty Shaw, Grand Minstrel, Indian Council and Oliver’s Twist. For more information, call (970) 249-7662 or go to menokenfarms.com.

Storm Cat Son Category Five to Stand in Texas Category Five, a winning son of Storm Cat, will stand the 2015 breeding season at Weatherford Equine Breeding Center in Weatherford, Texas. He will stand for a fee of $2,500. Formerly among the leading first-crop sires in California and a leading overall sire in North Dakota, Category Five is out of the stakesplaced Nodouble mare Slinkee. Category Five is the sire of three-time

stakes winner Edgerrin, an earner of $460,903, and four other stakes horses. Category Five broke his maiden against special weight company at Monmouth Park and scored an allowance win at Delaware Park. For more information, call (817) 594-9100 or email wemcpc@ sbcglobal.net.

Graded Stakes Winner Swift Warrior to Stand in Oklahoma

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The following year, he found himself on the Kentucky Derby trail after a front-running win in Turfway Park’s Rushaway Stakes over a synthetic surface. Out of the multiple stakes producer Afleet Summer, Swift Warrior is a half brother to multiple graded stakes winner Dice Flavor Swift Warrior captured the Grade 3 John B. Connally Turf and multiple stakes winner Carolina Sky. Swift Warrior will stand as the property of Cup Stakes at Sam Houston. Spears for a fee of $1,000, with special consideration to approved mares or owners seeking multiple-mare discounts. The deal to send Swift Warrior to Oklahoma was brokered by New Jersey-based bloodstock agent Michael Slezak.

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Multiple Grade 3 stakes winner Swift Warrior has been retired to stud at David Spears Racing in Hartshorne, Oklahoma. A son of multiple Grade 1-winning juvenile First Samurai, Swift Warrior won seven races and $651,953 over five seasons, including stakes wins on turf and synthetic, in addition to multiple stakes placings on dirt. Swift Warrior had his best season at age 5, when he won the Grade 3 John B. Connally Turf Cup Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park, Grade 3 Tampa Bay Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs and $250,000 PTHA President’s Cup at Parx Racing, all on the turf. As a 2-year-old, Swift Warrior broke his maiden by nine lengths going one mile on the dirt at Calder Race Course and went on to run second in the Foolish Pleasure Stakes over the same surface.


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Teenage Owner Finds Success at the Claim Box Many people think racehorses are owned by wealthy older men and women, but 16-yearold Thoroughbred owner Marcus Penn proves that individuals of all ages can become actively involved in horse racing. Marcus lives with his family on five acres in Parker, Texas, east of Plano, and his family has a stable and several paddocks on the property. His father, Richard, owns and races Thoroughbreds and helped Marcus get started as an owner. Marcus was 14 when he acquired his first racehorse by claiming Shotgun Willis in 2012 at Lone Star Park using a $5,000 loan from his father. Shotgun Willis had a win and two second-place finishes with earnings of $16,572 in six starts for Marcus before being claimed away from him for $5,000 six months later. The young owner is also a successful businessman, having repaid the start-up loans from his father and now paying his own bills for his horse racing operation. He has money in the bank with his own business account, and this will be the third year he has filed his own tax return. As of early February, Marcus’ career record as an owner stands at 30 starts with nine wins, four seconds and two thirds with earnings of $129,405. Oklahoma-bred Fleet Mitchy, a gelding claimed for $12,500 in September at Remington Park, is Marcus’ fourth Thoroughbred and current active runner. Marcus was able to make his most expensive claim yet thanks to his previous successes. With Marcus as the owner and J.R. Caldwell as the trainer, Fleet Mitchy has won four times with earnings of nearly $70,000 at Remington Park and Sam Houston Race Park. Fleet Mitchy started in the Grade 3, $200,000 John B. Connally Turf Cup Stakes at Sam Houston in January and finished sixth against a strong field of foes. The son of Northern Alfeet then rebounded off that effort to win a $21,000 allowance/optional claimer at Sam Houston as the 5-2 second choice Teenage owner Marcus Penn has enjoyed solid success (although Marcus is not yet old enough to bet on his own horse). Marcus intends to continue owning and racing horses after he graduates from high with Fleet Mitchy, a claimer turned allowance winner school while attending Texas State University. – by Michael Marke who also ran against graded stakes company.

Heritage Place Announces New Date, Adds Yearling Session Heritage Place will hold its annual Thoroughbred sale earlier than in years past as the 2015 edition will be Sunday, October 4. The sale will feature a yearling session followed by a mixed age session. The catalog fee for the 2015 Thoroughbred sale will be $500, and commission for the sale is 5 percent with a $150 minimum. The deadline for consigning to the fourth annual Heritage Place Thoroughbred Sale is August 25 with supplemental entries accepted until September 30. “By moving up the date of the sale, we want to accommodate buyers and sellers by attracting more top quality yearlings,” said Spence Kidney, Heritage Place’s general manager. “Our central location makes it very convenient for horsemen traveling from anywhere throughout the United States. I am very pleased with the interest shown from breeders and agents we have spoken to. I believe this will be a great regional event

that consignors and buyers can look forward to each year.” Built in 1978, Heritage Place is centrally located in southwest Oklahoma City, just five minutes from Will Rogers World Airport and close to Remington Park. The facility was built by horsemen for horsemen with attention to details that focused on showcasing horses. Heritage Place is owned by Dr. Charles Graham of Elgin, Texas; the Robert W. Moore family of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and the Bruce Gentry and Robert Gentry families of Lubbock, Texas. Situated on 40 acres, Heritage Place boasts a unique sale facility unmatched in the country, consisting of 4 1/2 acres under one roof that includes 640 stalls, a 1,000-seat air conditioned auditorium, a club, a restaurant and an arena. For more information on upcoming sales, visit heritageplace.com.

Equine Sales Company Announces Date for Consignor Select Yearling Sale Equine Sales Company announced that its Consignor Select Yearling Sale will be held this year on Wednesday, September 2. This will be the third renewal of the annual sale in Opelousas, Louisiana. Last year’s auction posted gross receipts of nearly $1.8 million to mark the highest amount ever recorded by the sale company. “We think this is an ideal date for horsemen in Louisiana, the surrounding region and around the country,” Sales Director Foster Bridewell said. “Buyers and consignors from Florida should have an easy

time getting here after the sale concludes there, and those planning to head to Kentucky after our sale will have plenty of time for that trip. We held our first yearling auction in 2012 and added the select format in 2013, and it has continued to grow each year.” Prior to the September auction, Equine Sales Company will hold a 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age sale on April 27. An open yearling and mixed sale will be offered in the fall. For more information, go to equinesalesofla.com or call (337) 678-3024. AMERICAN Racehorse • MARCH/APRIL 2015 13


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STATE ASSOCIATION NEWS ALABAMA HBPA NEWS Birmingham Race Course Update A study on the feasibility and costs to return live horse racing to Bir‐ mingham, Alabama, was recently concluded. The more than 80‐page  !"#$%& '()$#'"*$& +%& ",*& -))(./0()& 12(#3& 4/!& /& ",(2(#5,& /)$& $*‐ tailed analysis of what it would take to return live horse racing to Bir‐ mingham Race Course. In short, it would cost management less than  6789:999&"(&2*"#2)&",*&"2/';:&<99&!"/==!&/)$&>/'?=?0*!&/!!('?/"*$&4?",& 2/'?)5&"(&",*?2&32*.?(#!&'()$?0()&4,*)&=?.*&,(2!*&2/'?)5&'*/!*$&?)& @AA8B&C(!"!&>(2&'()$#'0)5&/&!,(2"&D>*!0./=&E**"F&?)&",*&!32?)5&(>&",*& %*/2&4*2*&?)'=#$*$&?)&",*&G5#2*&E*)0()*$&/+(.*B&-)&/$$?0():&",*& '(!"&(.*2&",*&)*H"&>(#2&%*/2!&4/!&*!0E/"*$&"(&+*&=*!!&",/)&6I89:999& 3*2&%*/2&"(&E/?)"/?)&",*&>/'?=?0*!&/)$&'()$#'"&/&D>*!0./=&E**"F&*.*2%& spring. The study projected that the short meet would bring in an ad‐ $?0()/=&6<AJ:999&?)&2*.*)#*&3*2&%*/2&>(2&",*&)*H"&G.*&%*/2!B& K2/';&E/)/5*E*)"&?EE*$?/"*=%&"((;&",*&3(!?0()&",/"&",*&'(!"&"(& 2*"#2)&=?.*&,(2!*&2/'?)5&4/!&52*/"*2&",/)&",*&!"#$%L!&32(M*'0()!&/)$& that it would not be feasible to have horse racing return to Birming‐ ,/E& N/'*& C(#2!*B& -)& /$$?0():& ",*& O?2E?)5,/E& N/'?)5& C(EE?!!?()& ,/!& '()0)#*$& "(& 5?.*& "2/';& E/)/5*E*)"& E()?*!:& ",*& =/"*!"& +*?)5& $398,000 for past‐due property taxes, from an escrow account set up  "(&32(.?$*&E()*%&>(2&=?.*&,(2!*&2/'?)5&3#2!*!&(2&,(2!*E*)L!&+*)*G"!B& K,*&2*5#=/0()!&5(.*2)?)5&",*&*!'2(4&/''(#)"&!"/"*&",/"&E()*%&>2(E& that account can only be allocated during a live horse race meet. The  P=/+/E/&QORP&,/!&3*00()*$&",*&'(EE?!!?()&"(&32(.?$*&#!&4?",&/)& *H3=/)/0()&/!&"(&,(4&",?!&4/!&=*5/=&#)$*2&",*&'#22*)"&2*5#=/0()!B& We  were  supposed  to  receive  an  answer  from  the  commission  on  S/)#/2%&@JB&Q(4*.*2:&/"&",*&0E*&(>&",?!&42?0)5:&)(&/)!4*2&,/!&+**)& forthcoming.

Alabama­bred Races On a brighter note, the Alabama HBPA supplemented the two Al‐ /+/E/T+2*$&2/'*!&",/"&4*2*&,*=$&/"&",*&U/?2&12(#)$!&=/!"&V*'*E+*2B& We added $10,000 to the Kudzu Juvenile, a stakes race for Alabama‐ +2*$& IT%*/2T(=$!:& /)$& 68:999& "(& ",*& W/5?'& C?"%:& /& !"/;*!& 2/'*& >(2& Alabama‐bred  3‐year‐olds  and  up.  By  doing  so,  the  Alabama  HBPA  4/!&/+=*&"(&E/?)"/?)&",*&3#2!*!&/"&6I8:999&/)$&689:999:&2*!3*'0.*=%:& making up for the cuts to our purses by the commission. Congratula‐ 0()!&"(&(4)*2&S*22%&Q/';*X&/)$&"2/?)*2&N/)$%&Y#)=*%&>(2&4?))?)5& ",*& Z#$[#& 4?",& -2/B& P=!(:& '()52/"#=/0()!& "(& (4)*2& V*))?!& W#23,%& /)$&"2/?)*2&Z*))*",&Q/252/.*&>(2&4?))?)5&",*&W/5?'&C?"%&4?",&O#5‐ 5?)&\#"B&O#55?)&\#"&?!&+%&-)$%:&/&!()&(>&PBRB&-)$%&4,(&W#23,%&!"/)$!B P"&(#2&=/!"&+(/2$&E**0)5:&",*&$?2*'"(2!&.("*$&"(&?)'2*/!*&",*&!#3‐ plement paid by the Alabama HBPA to owners of Alabama‐breds. The  /E(#)"&4/!&?)'2*/!*$&"(&6]99:&6799:&6J99&/)$&6I99&>(2&P=/+/E/T +2*$& ,(2!*!& G)?!,?)5& G2!":& !*'()$:& ",?2$& (2& >(#2",:& 2*!3*'0.*=%:& ?)& (3*)&2/'*!B&K,*&!#33=*E*)"/=&>#)$&?!&'/33*$&/"&6I9:999:&!(&3=*/!*& '()"/'"& Y/)'%& V*=()%& 32(E3"=%& ?>& %(#& ,/.*& /)& P=/+/E/T+2*$& 4,(& G)?!,*!& G2!"& ",2(#5,& >(#2",& ?)& /)%& (3*)& 2/'*& /"& /& !/)'0()*$& 3/2?T mutuel track. 

K,/);!&"(&",*&5*)*2(!?"%&(>&",*&^(#?!?/)/&QORP:&",*&Z*))*",&C(X()& W*E(2?/=&4?==&+*&,*=$&/"&_./)5*=?)*&V(4)!&()&P32?=&I8B&K,*&2/'*&4?==& be contested at six furlongs and will be restricted to Alabama‐bred  E/?$*)!:&<T%*/2T(=$!&/)$&#3B&K,*&6I8:999&3#2!*&4/!&E/$*&3(!!?+=*& +%&",*&/$$?0()& (>& 68:999&>2(E&",*&^(#?!?/)/& QORPB&K,*&/$$?0()/=& money was welcomed by Alabama horsemen and horsewomen and  is a true example of horsemen helping horsemen. -)& (",*2& 2/'?)5& #3$/"*!:& ",*& `(#",& W?!!?!!?33?& K,(2(#5,+2*$& P!‐ !('?/0()&,/!&5*)*2(#!=%&/52**$&"(&/==(4&?)$?.?$#/=!&4,(&/2*&E*E‐ +*2!&(>&5(($&!"/)$?)5&?)&",*&P=/+/E/&QORP&"(&3/20'?3/"*&?)&?"!&`(#",& W?!!?!!?33?&\4)*2!aO2**$*2!&`"/;*!B&-"L!&/&!?HT>#2=()5&2/'*&>(2&<T%*/2T (=$!&4?",&/&3#2!*&(>&6J9:999T3=#!B&K(&+*&*=?5?+=*:&%(#&E#!"&)(E?)/"*& /)$&E/;*&%(#2&G2!"&3/%E*)"&+*>(2*&",*&G2!"&`/"#2$/%&?)&W/%B&P=!(:& %(#&)**$&"(&M(?)&",*&`(#",&W?!!?!!?33?&K,(2(#5,+2*$&P!!('?/0()B&U(2& E(2*&?)>(2E/0():&.?!?"&",*&`(#",&W?!!?!!?33?&K,(2(#5,+2*$&P!!('?/‐ 0()L!& 4*+!?"*& /"& !(#",E!",(2(#5,+2*$/!!('?/0()B'(E& (2& '()"/'"& S/E*!&P=*H/)$*2&/"&bII]c&]<IT<]8IB&P=/+/E/&QORP&E*E+*2!:&3=*/!*& "/;*&/$./)"/5*&(>&",?!&(33(2"#)?"%:&/)$&+*&!#2*&"(&",/);&W2B&P=*H/)‐ $*2&>(2&/==(4?)5&#!&"(&3/20'?3/"*&?)&",*?2&2/'*B

ARKANSAS THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS’ AND HORSEMEN’S ASSOCIATION NEWS Oaklawn Bumps Purses Twice During Meet U(2& ",*& !*'()$& 0E*& ",?!& 2/'*& E**":& \/;=/4)& R/2;& ?)'2*/!*$& /==& (.*2)?5,"&3#2!*!&+*"4**)&6@:999&/)$&6<:999&!"/20)5&U*+2#/2%&I7B& W/?$*)& !3*'?/=& 4*?5,"!& /)$& /==(4/)'*!& 2/'*!& ?)'2*/!*$& +%& 6<:999:& +2?)5?)5&E/?$*)!&"(&67J:999&/)$&/==(4/)'*!&"(&/!&,?5,&/!&67A:999B \/;=/4):& 4,?',& ,/!& /E()5& ",*& ,?5,*!"& /.*2/5*& G*=$& !?[*& ?)& ",*& '(#)"2%&4?",&AB7&,(2!*!&3*2&2/'*&",2(#5,&U*+2#/2%&I@:&,/!&*)M(%*$& ?)'2*/!*!&?)&(dT"2/';&4/5*2?)5&/!&4*==&/!&!"2()5&+#!?)*!!&?)&?"!&)*4=%& expanded game room despite losing four race days to winter weath‐ *2B&P&E**"T,?5,&'2(4$&(>&IJ:999&"#2)*$&(#"&>(2&",*&2/'*!&()&e/=*)‐ 0)*L!&V/%:&U*+2#/2%&@JB DV*!3?"*&!(E*&#)>(2"#)/"*&4?)"*2&4*/",*2:&-&4(#=$)L"&"2/$*&3=/'*!& 4?",&/)%&(",*2&2/'?)5&!*'2*"/2%&2?5,"&)(4:F&\/;=/4)&N/'?)5&`*'2*"/2%& R/"&R(3*&!/?$B&Df*&/332*'?/"*&",*&!#33(2"&(>&(#2&,(2!*E*)&/)$&",*& '((3*2/0()&",*%&!,(4*$&?)&,/.?)5&"(&2*!',*$#=*&!#',&/)&?E3(2"/)"& 3‐year‐old prep race as the Southwest Stakes. I’m really excited about  (#2&2/'?)5&32(52/E&,*/$?)5&?)"(&",*&=/"*2&3/2"&(>&",*&!*/!()BF The increase follows a similar bump earlier in February that solidi‐ G*$&\/;=/4)L!&3(!?0()&4?",&",*&,?5,*!"&$/?=%&3#2!*&!"2#'"#2*&?)&",*& '(#)"2%&/"&",?!&0E*&(>&%*/2B& With  approval  from  the  Arkansas  Racing  Commission,  Oaklawn  /=!(&/$$*$&"4(&$/%!&(>&2/'?)5gW/2',&@]&/)$&I8g"(&E/;*&#3&>(2&=(!"& 2/'?)5&(33(2"#)?0*!&>2(E&4*/",*2T2*=/"*$&'/)'*==/0()!&*/2=?*2&?)&",*& E**"B&K,*&"4(&/$$?0()/=&$/%!&4?==&2*!#="&?)&/&8<T$/%&2/'*&!*/!()&?>& ",*2*&/2*&)(&/$$?0()/=&'/)'*==/0()!B K,*& I9@8& \/;=/4)& !*/!()& '()0)#*!& ",2(#5,& `/"#2$/%:& P32?=& @@:& 4,*)&?"&'#=E?)/"*!&4?",&",*&6@&E?==?()&P2;/)!/!&V*2+%&b1@cB

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STATE ASSOCIATION NEWS ATBHA Awards Banquet on March 27 !"#$%&'()*(*$!"+&+,-".&#/$0&##/#&*1$2$3+&*#4#)1*$%**+56(7+)$ "#8/$69*$()),(8$(:(&/*$.();,#9$+)$<(&5"$=>?$!"#$@+,&$(:(&/*A$6)$(/‐ /67+)$9+$()$(:(&/$@+&$#(5"$=BCD$*9('#*$:6))#&A$:#)9$9+E 2014 Breeder  of  the  Year:$ <5F+:#88$ G(&4$ H0688$ <5F+:#88I$ @&+4$ Sparkman, AR. 2014 Horse of the Year:$F#89($G8+:#&A$=BCC$J88K$.K$%?L?$F#89($+,9$ +@$0&+'#)$G8+:#&A$.K$M8$L&(/+$HN&#I?$O:)#/$.K$P?$Q(4R.#88A$F?$Q8(&'A$ S?$3+88#)/+&@#&A$T?$T+.#&9*+)$()/$P?$U'+/(?$0&#/$.K$0688$<+&&6*+)$()/$ Stanley Roberts. 2014 Broodmare of the Year:$0&+'#)$G8+:#&A$=BBD$4(&#$.K$M8$L&(‐ /+$HN&#I$+,9$+@$F6(.8+1*$L#(5#A$.K$F6(.8+?$O:)#/$.K$0688$<+&&6*+)$()/$ Stanley Roberts. 2014 Stallion of the Year:$3#*(.,88A$CVVW$"+&*#$.K$F6*R#&*(8$+,9$+@$ Proud Clarioness, by Tri Jet. Owned by Live Oak Stud (Hesabull died  6)$=BCDI?

Arkansas­Bred Awards !"#$%!03%$6)9&+/,5#/$($X=ABBB$6)5#)7Y#$*,RR8#4#)9$@+&$9"#$+:)‐ er of any Arkansas‐bred that wins an open company race at Oaklawn  L(&'$/,&6)-$9"#$=BCZ$&(56)-$*#(*+)?$!"6*$6)5#)7Y#$*,RR8#4#)9$6*$6)$ (//67+)$9+$9"#$+:)#&1*$*9()/(&/$*"(&#$+@$9"#$R,&*#$4+)#K?$U9('#*$ races are excluded.

Arkansas­bred Stakes Winners !"#$ F+:)9"#/,*9K&+(/$ 0&##/#&*1$ U9('#*$ @+&$ &#-6*9#&#/$ %&'()‐ *(*[.&#/$ J886#*$ ()/$ 4(&#*$ :(*$ &,)$ <(&5"$ \$ (]#&$ .#6)-$ R+*9R+)#/$ @&+4$G#.&,(&K$=^$.#5(,*#$+@$6)58#4#)9$:#(9"#&?$L6*9+8R(5'6)R#))KA$ a daughter  of  Portobello  Road  bred  by  Anderson  Farms,  won  the  X>ZABBB$#Y#)9$5+)9#*9#/$(9$*6_$@,&8+)-*$+Y#&$($-++/$9&(5'?$!&(6)#/$.K$ Jinks Fires, owned by his wife, Penny, and ridden by his son‐in‐law Jon  Court, Pistolpackinpenny was the odds‐on favorite and won easily by  \$`$8#)-9"*$6)$CECC?>B?$ !"#$a+/+,.8#$0&##/#&*1$U9('#*$@+&$&#-6*9#&#/$%&'()*(*[.&#/$5+89*$ ()/$-#8/6)-*$ :(*$"#8/$<(&5"$^$(]#&$9"#$9:+$R&#Y6+,*8K$*5"#/,8#/$ days were cancelled because of inclement weather. We Be Stormin, a  -#8/6)-$.K$U9+&4$()/$($3(8@$.&#/$.K$P(&K$b#6&A$5(R9,&#/$9"#$X>ZABBB$ &(5#$.K$($)+*#$@+&$+:)#&$3+-:68/$U9(.8#*$H0,*9#&$()/$S,/K$0(..I$()/$ 9&(6)#&$%8$Q(9#*?$3#$*9+RR#/$9"#$74#&$(9$CEC=?=B$+)$($*"+:#&K$/(K$ +Y#&$($*8+RRK$H*#(8#/I$9&(5'? !"#$T(6).+:$<6**$U9('#*$H@+&$&#-6*9#&#/$%&'()*(*[.&#/$W[K#(&[+8/$ J886#*I$:688$.#$&,)$<(&5"$=^A$:69"$9"#$T(6).+:$U9('#*$H@+&$&#-6*9#&#/$ %&'()*(*[.&#/$ W[K#(&[+8/$ 5+89*$ ()/$ -#8/6)-*I$ &,))6)-$ 9"#$ @+88+:6)-$ /(KA$<(&5"$=V?

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COLORADO THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS ASSOCIATION NEWS Revamped Stakes Schedule for 2015 Arapahoe Park Season Arapahoe Park  will  feature  two  $100,000  Thoroughbred  races— 9"#$%&(R("+#$L(&'$Q8(**65$()/$9"#$P+8/$T,*"$G,9,&69Kc+)$9"#$*(4#$ /(K$@+&$9"#$J&*9$74#$6)$9"#$&(5#9&(5'1*$"6*9+&K$(*$R(&9$+@$($W^[&(5#$ stakes schedule worth more than $1.6 million. The highlights of the  %4#&65()$d,(&9#&$3+&*#$*9('#*$*5"#/,8#$:688$.#$9"#$XC\BABBB$<68#$ 36-"$G,9,&69K$()/$9"#$XCBBABBB$<68#$36-"$F#&.KA$()/$%&(.6()*$ :688$ compete in four graded stakes races during the 39‐day season. Ten  stakes for Colorado‐bred Thoroughbreds will be run. OR#)6)-$/(K$(9$9"#$%,&+&(A$Q+8+&(/+A$&(5#9&(5'$:688$.#$G&6/(KA$<(K$ ==A$ 4+Y#/$ @&+4$ 9"#$ 9&(/67+)(8$ U(9,&/(K$ +R#)6)-?$ T(56)-$ :688$ 9('#$ R8(5#$+)$G&6/(K*A$U(9,&/(K*$()/$U,)/(K*A$(*$:#88$(*$+)$<#4+&6(8$F(K$ <+)/(K?$!"#&#$:688$(8*+$.#$9:+$!",&*/(K$5(&/*$+)$S,)#$=Z$()/$S,8K$ WB?$L+*9$74#$#(5"$/(K$:688$.#$(9$C$R?4?$a+$&(56)-$:688$9('#$R8(5#$@&+4$ <(K$=V$9+$<(K$WC$9+$(55+44+/(9#$9"#$T+5'K$<+,)9(6)$%6&$U"+:$(9$ the Aurora Reservoir. Closing day, Sunday, August 16, will be the richest day of horse rac‐ ing in the history of Colorado with the $100,000 Arapahoe Park Clas‐ *65$@+&$W[K#(&[+8/$()/$,R$!"+&+,-".&#/*$(9$C$e$468#*A$9"#$XCBBABBB$ P+8/$T,*"$G,9,&69K$@+&$=[K#(&[+8/$!"+&+,-".&#/*$(9$*6_$@,&8+)-*A$9"#$ XC\BABBB$ <68#$ 36-"$ G,9,&69K$ @+&$ d,(&9#&$ 3+&*#*$ ()/$ 9"#$ P&(/#$ WA$ X=ZABBB$QO0T%$Q8(**65$UR+)*+&#/$.K$Q&+:$f(88#K$T()5"$@+&$%&(.6()*?$ g!"6*$6*$-+6)-$9+$.#$9"#$.6--#*9$*#(*+)$:#1Y#$#Y#&$"+*9#/$(9$%&(R(‐ "+#$L(&'Ah$F6&#59+&$+@$T(56)-$0688$L+:#&*$*(6/?$ga+9$+)8K$(&#$:#$#_569‐ ed for our Colorado‐based horses but also for a good crop of horses  9+$5+4#$9+$Q+8+&(/+$9+$5+)9#*9$+,&$R&#46#&$&(5#*?h For a complete stakes schedule, go to mihiracing.com.

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Fire!

learn how to react when barn fires erupt and how to prevent them

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Posting a “No Smoking” sign is important, but enforcing the rule is more important.

The most devastating tragedy a horse owner can imagine is a barn fire. The helplessness and horror of watching a barn burn with horses trapped inside is something that can haunt you for the rest of your life. Few people can comprehend how quickly a fire spreads through stalls filled with straw and hay unless they see it happen with their own eyes. In just minutes, smoldering debris is all that remains. “You should have a plan,” said James Orsini, DVM, an associate professor of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center and co-author of a text on first aid titled, Manual of Equine Emergencies: Treatment and Procedures. Just like most schools and businesses practice fire drills, a farm or training center should have a rehearsed procedure for combatting a fire and getting the horses to safety.

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Not just horsemen’s tales

White added, “Whenever they get sensory input of flames or smoke, they don’t necessarily put two-and-two together to get four.” For generations, horsemen have passed down the notion that you When confronted with the confusing, disorienting atmosphere of should blindfold a horse to get him out of a burning building. Once smoke and flames, even some humans won’t be able to act logically, you have that horse to safety, you have to tie him up or put him in a much less horses. secure paddock because he’ll run right back into the flames. Are these “[Horses] just can’t understand,” Orsini said. “Even trying to lead them just old horsemen’s tales, or do they have some basis in fact? How out is difficult because of their anxiety of the situation, the smoke.” exactly does a horse behave when a fire erupts? That was Bowker’s experience with the two horses who were mesmer“They’re totally unpredictable,” said Linda Aronson, DVM, an ani- ized by the flames and refused to leave the barn. mal behaviorist who operates PetShrink in Berlin, Massachusetts. “We “We remembered the stories of horsemen blindfolding horses to get had a horse who would normally try to kill anyone who came into them out of a fire, so we tried it and it worked,” she said. her stall lead out as nice as could be, and nice leadable horses give us Renowned behaviorist Katherine Houpt, VMD, PhD, at Cornell trouble. I think you will find the more people you talk to, the more University, said horses can react several different ways to blindfolds. different stories you will hear.” “One reaction is to just run, one is to freeze, and one is to be tractable,” she said. Kathleen Bowker, DVM, of SuwanLike Orsini, Houpt stresses preparation nee Valley Veterinary Clinic in Chiefland, for disaster. Here are some suggestions for making your Florida, has seen similar reactions, unfortu“I don’t know if everyone should try barn safer: nately first-hand. blindfolding a horse and leading him to 1. Do not allow anyone to smoke in the barn. 2. Install home smoke detectors in the barn. If “Horses seem to be mesmerized by fire,” a fire, but you do need to make sure you you can invest more money, wire them to Bowker said. “They don’t blow like they are sound in the house or other spots on the farm. have a leadable horse,” she said. “If he 3. Do not use space heaters with open elements frightened, they just freeze up and stare at doesn’t like to go from bright to dark or unless someone is around, and only use the the flames. We had five horses in the barn dark to light, work on his ground mankind that is thermostatically controlled. 4. Have a licensed company install lightning rods and three left their stalls willingly, but the ners so he’ll walk. There are all sorts of to guide lightning strikes into the ground and last two refused to leave. videos on how to do this.” away from the barn. 5. Store hay and straw away from the barn in a “Horses spend their whole lives in the Other horsemen try to herd all the separate shed. 6. Clear bird nests and cobwebs away from lights. horses out at once. That would allow the comfort of their stalls,” she continued. 7. Have an electrician inspect wiring annually for “They believe they are safe there and do not horses to obey both inclinations to flee cracks and bare wires. 8. Maintain functioning chemical fire extinguishers. and herd. But, oftentimes, the stall doors want to leave. Our horses didn’t have the 9. Install and regularly inspect a sprinkler system. opportunity to run back into the barn. But 10. Maintain an independent water source that cannot be opened fast enough for a mass does not rely on the barn’s electrical or water it is a possibility that horses would do that evacuation. That is just one of several systems. for the same reason.” reasons why veterinarians advise leading Nathaniel White II, DVM, MS, professor emeritus of equine surgery horses out of the fire and securing them in a safe, familiar place like at Virginia Tech’s Marion du Pont Scott Equine Medical Center, thinks a paddock or another barn. The other reasons have to do with easing the primal herd instinct may take over during a panic. anxiety and shock and getting the horses to where their seared respira“Horses have a flight response and will run from things that frighten tory systems can breathe fresh air. them, but they also have a herd response, and when they are confused and frightened, they want to herd together, which could cause them to want to go back into the barn with their stablemates,” he said. “My Once you have evacuated all of your horses from the fire and have best guess is that if you have one horse, he probably will run. If you them secured so they cannot run back into the flames, it is of absolute have more than one horse and they all got together and ‘talked’ to each importance to move them far away from the heat and smoke as quickly other, some might run, but then if they hear some others back in the as possible. Smoke inhalation can damage a horse’s lungs, and if these barn, they might go back in.” horses are competitive athletes, damage to their lungs may be career Nicholas Dodman, BVMS, is the longtime director of the behavior ending even if flesh wounds are minor. clinic at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. “They don’t have to be burned to die,” White said. “Inhalation of “I know horses are generally creatures of flight,” Dodman said. smoke is the bigger killer. Usually pneumonia or suffocation kills them “Things that would not bother other species do bother them, like before burn injuries do—very similar to humans. The main thing is to shadows, small spaces and the like. I’m wondering if since horses get them out of the fumes.” gravitate to staying in a familiar base and things are already bad there, As with humans who make it through a disaster, shock can easily they may think, ‘Why go somewhere scary?’ In other words, according set in; for horses, shock can be irreversible and fatal. It is important to to a horse’s logic, if it is bad in the safest place he knows, imagine how know how to recognize the symptoms of shock so you can administer much worse it might be outside.” first aid quickly while you wait for a veterinarian to arrive.

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You can identify shock by monitoring a horse’s temperature, pulse and capillary refill time. A horse’s normal temperature is around 100 degrees, a normal heart rate ranges between 32 and 44 beats per minute and a typical capillary refill time is less than two seconds. If increased heart rate, abnormal temperature and slow capillary refill occur at the same time, your horse probably is in shock. You should call your veterinarian immediately and make sure the horse is in a dry, well-lighted area. Offer him water, blanket him if he is shaking, and then comfort him to reduce his anxiety until your veterinarian arrives.

or she is being careful. Whenever possible, insist on non-smokers when hiring help and do not tolerate smoking in barns by anyone, even in tack rooms or under shedrows.

What to do when fire erupts

Obviously, the first thing to do when you see smoke or flames is to call the fire department. Most people believe this is all they need to do, but you might be surprised if you calculate response time, even for the best fire department. For a continually staffed fire department located one mile from the fire, a minimum of eight minutes can elapse between your 911 call and the first stream of water from their hoses. If, like in most ruThe National Equine Safety Association is an organization that ral areas, your local fire department is staffed by volunteers, add another educates horse owners to recognize potential fire hazards. 15 minutes for volunteers to respond from their workplaces and homes. Ron Thames of Fire Service Plus in Fayetteville, Georgia, said it is of “Cobwebs and birds’ nests too close to lights are things that no one ever thinks about as fire hazards,” said Eileen Wimbish of the Safety paramount importance to respond to a fire immediately on the farm Association. “You should make cleaning down cobwebs a part of your instead of waiting for firefighters to arrive. “A barn can be completely engulfed in fire within two or three minutes regular barn duties. They can cause a lot of problems, not only as fire from the first visible flames,” he said. “The first thing to ignite will generally hazards, but also as contributors to airway disease.” Birds often make nests close to lights, esbe some type of highly combustible material pecially in the winter when they seek the like paper or a bird’s nest or straw, which will Burns are best treated by veterinarians, but there heat given off by the bulbs. Birds may dam- are some preliminary things you can do, and, even rapidly spread to other highly combustible age exposed wires by sitting on them, and more important, some things you should not do: materials throughout the barn. Then light 1. Do not treat burns with oil, grease, butter, the proximity of the damaged wires to the wood will catch fire, and the intense heat and baking soda, flour, charcoal, Lysol, iodine or any other irritating substance. bird nests may set the whole place ablaze. flames will finally ignite the superstructure.” 2. Use gauze soaked in warm saline solution Gnawing animals such as rodents, oposSmoke detectors installed in the barn are the (one teaspoonful of salt to one pint of boiled water) to loosen charred debris from the burn. sums, raccoons—and even bored horses— first line of defense against a fire. If feasible, 3. Clean burns with mild soap and water. also may damage wiring. Combine the smoke detectors that are hard-wired to enable 4. Use gauze to rinse burns gently with warm saline solution. damaged wiring with an extra power demand them to sound an alarm in the farm’s living 5. Apply tannic acid jelly (available in your on the circuit, and a fire can easily ignite. quarters are best. Be sure to test smoke detecpharmacy or a warm, strong tea is a good substitute) or another approved burn salve or spray. Space heaters in tack rooms during win6. Cover burns with layers of sterile gauze, if possible. tors regularly to make sure they are working. Thames stressed the importance of mainter months are extreme fire hazards, especially those with exposed elements shielded only by a metal cage. Paper, taining functioning fire extinguishers throughout the barn. He emphastraw or any highly flammable material that comes to rest against the sized that the chemical contents of fire extinguishers will solidify over cage easily can erupt into flames. Even heaters bearing the Underwrit- time from disuse and will fail when called upon. Fire extinguishers should ers Laboratories approval (UL-stickered) need close scrutiny because be professionally inspected at recommended intervals and replaced if they manufacturers’ warnings often include keeping the appliance away are no longer potent. When asked about relying solely on sprinkler systems to extinguish from flammable products. Even if you safeguard your space heater from directly catching things on fire, it will draw a lot of power through your the first flames, Thames was skeptical. “Sprinkler systems are a good idea if they function correctly, but circuits and may cause an electrical fire in damaged wiring. To prevent or curtail electrical fires, the barn’s electrical system should some sprinkler systems go for years without being used,” he said. “They be wired through a main breaker somewhere other than in the barn and can be clogged from dirt kicked up from clay stall floors and, dependthat can be pulled quickly to cut the power. This is especially useful as ing on the metal used, might even be corroded or rusted. And even if a preventive measure in anticipation of storms or high winds that may they do work, if they are supplied by plastic water pipe, the pipe will damage power lines. Turn off the power until the storm has passed, melt with the heat of the flames. Most stable fires are too intense for and then inspect wiring for wind and water damage before turning the sprinklers to put them out.” Thames suggested maintaining an independent water source that power back on. Have a licensed company install lightning rods to guide does not rely on the barn’s electrical or water systems for use in conlightning strikes into the ground and away from the barn. The worst fire hazard, of course, is smoking. Unfortunately, smoking taining the fire until pumper trucks arrive. In rural areas absent of fire is prevalent in the horse industry, no matter how many “No Smoking” hydrants, maintaining a pond near the barn that is deep enough to signs are posted on the racetrack or on farms. A lit cigarette inside a replenish pumper trucks is encouraged and actually mandated by some barn is never acceptable, no matter how much the smoker may insist he fire insurance underwriters. H

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OTTB Spotlight: The “Easy” Li fe T exas - based LOPE

transitions former claimer into the perfect pasture pal • By Jen Roytz

Courtesy LOPE

Born in Kentucky, Isa My Love raced in Mexico before touring tracks in New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma and eventually retiring with four victories.

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Bruce and Sandy Carr retired to New Mexico in 2011 from careers in law enforcement in the Seattle area. Sandy had always enjoyed horses and Bruce found horse racing to be a fun hobby, and several years before retiring, the couple dabbled in horse ownership at Emerald Downs. “We owned a few racehorses over the first few years, and we saw the winner’s circle probably six times,” Sandy said. “Our first racehorse was named Heavenly Justice, which was a perfect name for a pair of cops, but we can’t take credit for the name—she came with it.” As the couple neared retirement, they curtailed their racing interests in an effort to get their affairs in order before making the move to New Mexico. They relocated to a 40-acre farm and brought along three miniature horses that Sandy used for combined driving and a donkey the couple adopted from a rescue in Fulton, Washington. Once in New Mexico, Sandy learned about mounted shooting, and being a retired officer, she thought that would be a wonderful way to combine her love of horses and professional skills with guns. “I bought a cowboy mounted shooting horse, and while the shooting wasn’t a problem for me, I was quickly reminded that I’d not really ridden for 25 years,” she said. “In short order, my shooting horse was retired to a life of trail riding and dressage, which we’ve adapted to just fine.” One day on a whim, Sandy went to The Downs at Albuquerque with some friends. Being around the sights, sounds and smells of the racetrack, a wave of nostalgia came over her. She missed not just the sport of horse racing but the horses and the people. She wanted to get involved with Thoroughbreds again somehow, although not the way she and Bruce had in Washington. “The realization of how much I missed Thoroughbred racing made me start thinking, ‘Maybe my stand-alone gelding out there in the pasture needs a buddy,’ ” Sandy recalled. “He was an Oklahoma cattle ranch horse and just didn’t enjoy the affection I wanted to give him. I guess I was looking for a companion horse as much for me as I was for him. So, I started exploring Thoroughbred adoption. I didn’t want to take a horse that had the potential to be used for more than what I wanted it for. I just wanted a companion horse.” Sandy found Remember Me Rescue on the Internet and, after learning about the Texas-based organization, was ready to adopt a horse in their program, but unfortunately the adoption fell through. Sandy was back on the hunt for the right horse. “We were going to visit our daughter in Austin, Texas, late last year, so


I Googled ‘Thoroughbred Rescue Texas’ and found LOPE (LoneStar pockets were full. He was just laid back and friendly.” Outreach to Place Ex-Racers) was near where my daughter lived,” she Lynn showed Sandy the puffiness around his ankle chips and said. “I contacted Lynn Reardon and told her what I was looking for. explained that the horse, which Sandy immediately began calling She had three horses to choose from.” “Easy,” was perfectly content being a pasture pal for other horses, All three horses Sandy was considering had significant physical limita- though he could be ridden lightly on trails and at the walk and trot. tions that would keep them from having a competitive career. One of the “Sandy is a very caring horse owner and such a nice person,” Lynn horses, Isa My Love, reminded said. “Although his limiSandy of her old horse, and tations will prevent him while he had chips in his anfrom doing big jobs, Isa My kles, they were on either side Love, or ‘Easy,’ is a wonof the leg and not communiderful companion to other cating with the joint. horses and to people.” Isa My Love had come to It didn’t take much time LOPE after retiring from racfor Sandy to decide that ing in early 2014. The KenEasy was the horse for her, tucky-bred gelding was sold and LOPE offered her an at the Keeneland September adoption fee of $1 due to Sale for just $2,000 and sent the gelding’s physical limito Mexico to begin his racing tations. career. After showing quick “Bruce put the purchase Courtesy LOPE success at Hipódromo de las Isa My Love enjoys peppermints and taking it “Easy” in his new career. price for Easy in my stockAméricas in Mexico City, Isa My Love was imported back into the ing this past Christmas; Lynn was kind enough to offer financing,” United States, where he earned a living in the claiming ranks in Texas, Sandy said with a laugh. Jen Roytz is a freelance writer and marketing and public relations consultant New Mexico and Oklahoma. His final start was a third-place effort for various entities, both equine and non-equine. She can also be found on for owner Danny Keene. the back of an OTTB most days. This article origi“Isa My Love came to us from a trainer named Name: Isa My Love nally ran in the Paulick Report’s “OTTB Showcase” at Joseph Smith at Lone Star Park,” Lynn Reardon (a.k.a. “Easy”) paulickreport.com. If you have or know of a retired said. “He was a big favorite with Joseph and his Born: March 28, 2009 Thoroughbred with an interesting story to tell, we’d staff. Joseph was very straightforward and told us Color: Bay love to hear about it! Just email Jen Roytz (jenlroytz@ the horse had ankle issues that would keep him Sire: Istan gmail.com) with the horse’s Jockey Club name, backfrom hard work. Joseph and his wife personDam: Affirmable ground story and a few photos. ally delivered Isa My Love and another horse to This section is sponsored by the Retired LOPE, and they were in beautiful condition—up Broodmare Sire: Affirmed Racehorse Project, which works to facilitate to date on all shots and dental work. Isa My Love placement of Thoroughbred ex-racehorses in secalso came with wormer because he was due in a Sale History: Sold at the 2010 Keeneland ond careers by increasing demand for them in the week. It was clear Joseph really cared about Isa.” September Sale for marketplace and inspiring an army of equesSeveral days after Isa My Love arrived at LOPE, $2,000 trians to provide the training that secures their Joseph texted to see how the gelding was settling Race Record: 25-4-2-4 futures. RRP programs include online educational in. Lynn sent him a photo with his new pasture resources, programs at major horse expos, mate and explained how easy the transition had interactive databases including a Bloodline Brag and Retired Racehorse been for the recently retired racehorse. For the next seven or eight months, Isa My Love enjoyed just being Resource Directory, featuring 300 farms and organizations, and more a horse. He quickly became a favorite with the LOPE team and rel- than 200 online horse listings, with most of the horses having some ished his time outside meandering his pasture with a few other geld- second career training. RRP’s Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium moves in its third year to the ings. He was always happy to see visitors, greeting them as they came Kentucky Horse Park October 23to his pasture, which is exactly what he did when Sandy visited him. 25, 2015. For more information, go “I went out to see him and had a great time with Lynn,” Sandy to retiredracehorseproject.org.H said. “I read on the LOPE website that he liked peppermints, so my AMERICAN Racehorse • MARCH/APRIL 2015 33


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GOING WILD winning the listed Sham Stakes at Santa Anita, earning a 111 Beyer and defeating eventual Kentucky Derby winner GIACOMO by 4 1/2 lengths!

GOING WILD

Golden Missile – Pola, by Strawberry Road (Aus)

78% WINNERS FROM STARTERS! A $600,000 2-year-old in training purchase by Bob and Beverly Lewis and trained by D. Wayne Lukas, GOING WILD won six stakes in his career, banked more than $513,000 and raced until age 6! As a 3-year-old, he won the six-furlong San Miguel Stakes (with a 104 Beyer) and 1 1/8-mile Sham Stakes (defeating Kentucky Derby winner GIACOMO) at Santa Anita and also finished second in the Santa Catalina Stakes (G2). GOING WILD raced in the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness Stakes (G1) pushing some of the fastest fractions ever set in those races. He earned a Ragozin number of 2 and had 15 races with a Beyer Figure between 100 and 115.

GOING WILD won three races from gate to wire and six more from second out of the gate. He defeated regional stallions Attila’s Storm, Sing Baby Sing and So Long Birdie.

GOING WILD already has two stakes horses from just nine starters: New Mexico Breeders’ Derby winner MANCATION, and Vernissage, runner-up in the $95,000 Copper Top Futurity at Sunland “He’s a warrior. He’s a bulldog. He carries a lot of weight. If you were in a street fight, you’d want him. He’s kind of blue-collar. He shows up every time. He’s tough, not delicate. He’s one of those type that meets you at the door every morning and says, ‘Let’s do it again.’ He’s very competitive.” – D. Wayne Lukas

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Wa k i n g u p t h e Morning Glory

what makes some horses train well but race poorly? By Denise Steffanus • Photos by Denis Blake

Morning glories cause even great trainers to scratch their heads. These horses roll out enthusiastically at daybreak and turn in workouts that leave their connections smiling widely with confidence. But when the starting gate springs open and the race is on, they look like Gunpowder toting Ichabod Crane through Sleepy Hollow. Figuring out what is wrong with a “morning glory,” the racetracker’s nickname for one of these disappointing runners, is not that simple. In some cases, it may be a physical problem that only shows up under extreme exertion. Or perhaps some horses, like some people who approach life with gusto in the morning but fizzle out as the day progresses, are simply “morning” horses. Scott E. Palmer, VMD, New York’s Equine Medical Director and co-founder of New Jersey Equine Clinic, said, “I think there are a lot of factors that come into play when you are trying to explain to a trainer, and particularly to an owner, why their horses mysteriously show terrific workouts in the morning, but then when they get in a race, they just don’t perform. It’s a very frustrating thing.” Palmer suggested the first step should be to look at both situations and ask, “What’s different and why?” Environment, physiology or psychology—or perhaps a combination of the three—could be the answer. “Consider heat and humidity, for example,” Palmer said. “Morning is a healthier time to work out. 36

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Like people, some Thoroughbreds are “morning” horses and might just prefer to run early in the day.

So from a physiologic standpoint, it’s more beneficial.” Another factor might be cortisol production, which is part of the horse’s biorhythm cycle. Cortisol is a natural steroid produced by the body that acts as an anti-inflammatory, Palmer said. In humans, cortisol also acts as a mood elevator. In the morning, cortisol levels are higher than they are at other times of the day. So if the horse has a collection of niggling ailments, cortisol may temporarily have a positive effect on them and allow the horse to perform better in a morning workout. “That’s conjecture,” Palmer said. “It’s just something that may be a possibility.” Eric Birks, DVM, PhD, formerly was assistant professor of exercise physiology and sports medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center. Now in private practice at Equine Sports Medicine Consultants in Landenberg, Pennsylvania, Birks evaluates equine athletes to solve their performance problems. When asked why some horses are morning glories, he suggested that sensitivity to dust kicked up during morning barn work may cause some of these horses to have breathing trouble later in the day when they race. In a stable’s daily training routine, horses are out on the track while their stalls are cleaned. But horses scheduled to race that day remain in the barn—either in their stalls or while being hand walked in the shedrow—while grooms muck stalls and stir up a lot of dust. This can irritate the airways and impact the horse’s performance later in the day, Birks said. To mitigate anxiety and to reduce dust on race days, some trainers schedule all work to be completed by 8 a.m., and they vacate the barn except for one attendant, he said.

Sprinters vs. Routers Morning workouts require a horse to go at top speed for a shorter distance than it races. Workouts for horses that are racing fit seldom exceed six furlongs and typically are clocked at a half-mile or five-eighths. A horse with an undiagnosed respiratory problem or lameness issue may be able to sustain its run for a short distance before those problems begin to interfere with performance. “As you increase the distance, more things come into play,” Palmer said. “Any part of the body becomes more strained, the longer the distance. The more times [a horse] has to put its foot on the ground— stride impact—the more tendon cycling that you have, and the more everything is strained. That’s where fatigue comes in.” Palmer explained that when a horse becomes fatigued, it may not

put its foot down properly, so its biomechanics of running are altered, making it less efficient at covering ground at speed. For a normal horse, the obvious solution would be to get the horse fitter or race it at a shorter distance, but Palmer said the solution is not that simple for a morning glory. “Let’s say that you rule everything out,” he said. “There’s no obvious lameness, no nervousness; the horse is not tying up during the race; the horse is breathing okay; the endoscopic exam and blood work are normal. If the horse is performing well in six-furlong workouts and then you stretch it out in the afternoon to a mile, and it’s not doing well, then I think it’s logical to say, ‘We should be racing this horse six furlongs.’ ” Palmer added, “Then, of course, you have horses that train well at six furlongs but then they don’t race well at six furlongs. That’s a question for the trainer, not the veterinarian.”

All in the Head Birks absolutely believes some horses are “morning people,” but he said there really is not a test to determine that. Morning training is part of every racehorse’s routine. Every day, they awake for an early breakfast, then they are groomed, tacked up and sent out to the racetrack, where trainers watch them from the rail as they gallop through the crisp morning mist. “They do their workout, then they come back to the barn and get a nice bath and relax,” Palmer said. “When they go to the races, it’s a whole different deal. It’s later in the day, the temperature is different, the light is different, the track surface may be different and the horses are kept in a detention barn sometimes for hours before the race.” For a sensitive or nervous horse, the disruption in its routine may be enough to throw it off its game. And then you add the tension in the paddock, the crowds, the noise, and even different smells. For some horses, performing poorly at the races may be an equine version of stage fright. “For the most part, what I’ve seen haven’t been medical-related problems,” Birks said. “The horse just doesn’t want to be in the race situation, with the screaming crowds and the high anxiety of being tacked up in the saddling area, and then the post parade to the starting gate. They wear themselves out, and some go to pieces.” Another solution he offered for horses that run mid-pack instead of pressing ahead in a race is to discourage the horse’s natural tendency to run in a pack. “So to make them win, you have to break that pack mentality and make them want to be in front,” he suggested. To accomplish this, trainers need to encourage the morning glory to be more competitive by mixing and matching work companions so they push each other to run faster, he said. Birks urged trainers to gather together the horse’s veterinarian, farrier, groom, exercise rider and jockey to discuss how the horse is different in the morning from how it is at the races. Gaining insight into the horse’s psyche as well as its health and the mechanics of how it runs could provide the key to making the morning glory a glorious racehorse. H AMERICAN Racehorse • MARCH/APRIL 2015 37


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2015 Indiana Bred Stakes Schedule 2 Year Olds Date Sep. 30, 2015 Sep. 30, 2015 Sep. 30, 2015 Sep. 30, 2015 Oct. 31, 2015 Oct. 31, 2015

Date June 10, 2015 June 10, 2015 July 15, 2015 July 15, 2015 Aug. 12, 2015 Aug. 12, 2015 Aug. 26, 2015 Aug. 26, 2015 Oct. 7, 2015 Oct. 7, 2015

Date July 16, 2015 July 16, 2015 Sep. 9, 2015 Sep. 9, 2015 Sep. 30, 2015 Sep. 30, 2015 Oct. 7, 2015 Oct. 7, 2015 Oct. 31, 2015 Oct. 31, 2015

Race The Indiana Stallion Stakes (*S) The Crown Ambassador (*S) The Hillsdale Stakes The City Of Anderson The Indiana Futurity The Miss Indiana Sta!es

3 Year Olds Race The Swifty Sired Stakes (*S) The Sagamore Sired Stakes (*S) The Ellen's Lucky Star Stakes The Snack Stakes The Indiana First Lady Stakes The Governor's Stakes ITOBA Stallion Stakes – Colts ITOBA Stallion Stakes – Fillies Hoosier Breeders Sophomore Stakes Hoosier Breeders Sophomore Stakes

Distance 6 Furlongs 6 Furlongs 6 Furlongs 6 Furlongs 1 mile 70 yds. 1 mile 70 yds.

Distance 6 Furlongs 6 Furlongs 1 Mile (T) 1 Mile (T) 1 Mile 70 Yds. 1 Mile 70 Yds. 1 Mile 1 Mile 1 1/16 Mile 1 1/16 Mile

3 Year Olds & Up Race Distance The Shelby County Stakes (*S) 6 Furlongs The William Henry Harrison Stakes (*S) 6 Furlongs 1 1/16 Mile (T) The Florence Henderson Stakes 1 1/16 Mile (T) The A.J. Foyt Stakes The Merrillville Stakes 6 Furlongs The Brickyard Stakes 6 Furlongs The Richmond Stakes (*S) 1 1/16 Mile The Gus Grissom Stakes (*S) 1 1/16 Mile The Frances Slocum Stakes 1 1/16 Mile The Too Much Coffee Stakes 1 1/16 Mile

Purse $85,000 added $85,000 added $85,000 added $85,000 added $85,000 added $85,000 added

Purse $85,000 added $85,000 added $85,000 added $85,000 added $150,000 guaranteed $150,000 guaranteed $75,000 added $75,000 added $85,000 added $85,000 added

Purse $85,000 added $85,000 added $85,000 added $85,000 added $85,000 added $85,000 added $85,000 added $85,000 added $150,000 guaranteed $150,000 guaranteed

Sex F

F F

Sex F F F C/G F/M F

Sex F/M F/M F/M F/M F/M

www.I ndianaG rand.com (*S) denotes this is for Sired Horses.       (T) denotes this is a Turf Race.      F denotes for fillies only.   F/M denotes for Fillies and Mares.        C/G denotes for Colts and Geldings. 

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DOCTOR CHIT

War Front – True Gritz,

by

Yes It’s True

New to Oklahoma for 2015, a brilliantly fast son of WAR FRONT! A stakes winner at Belmont Park and Grade 2 placed at Saratoga, DOCTOR CHIT flashed tremendous talent as a sprinter; he ran six furlongs in 1:08.90 at Belmont!

DOCTOR CHIT’S sire, WAR FRONT, is one of today’s

hottest stallions and will stand the 2015 breeding season for a fee of $150,000. DOCTOR CHIT is among his most talented sons to enter stud. His female family includes top sprinter and accomplished stallion MR. GREELEY. Don’t miss your chance to breed to DOCTOR CHIT in his first season in Oklahoma!

2015 FEE: $2,500 – LIVE FOAL Property of Dream Walkin’ Farms

ROYAL VISTA RANCHES

Inquiries to Laura Erickson 26822 State Highway 59 • Wayne, Oklahoma 73095 Phone: (405) 449-7575 • Fax: (405) 449-7474 Email: royalvistaranches@valornet.com • Website: www.royalvistaranches.com Accredited Oklahoma Stallion • Nominated to the Oklahoma Stallion Stakes


SEBASTIAN COUNTY Hennessy – Double Park (Fr),

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Lycius

A young stallion with tremendous potential! SEBASTIAN COUNTY was a versatile and talented racehorse

who won a stakes at Oaklawn Park and placed in five other stakes from six furlongs to 1 1/16 miles, including the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Futurity. A son of HENNESSY, whose sons at stud include JOHANNESBURG and HENNY HUGHES, SEBASTIAN COUNTY is a full brother to top stallion CACTUS RIDGE. His dam placed in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks and also produced stakes winner and Grade 3-placed HARRIETT LANE.

SEBASTIAN COUNTY’S first crop will hit the track in 2015! 2015 FEE: $2,500 – LIVE FOAL Property of Dream Walkin’ Farms

ROYAL VISTA RANCHES

Inquiries to Laura Erickson 26822 State Highway 59 • Wayne, Oklahoma 73095 Phone: (405) 449-7575 • Fax: (405) 449-7474 Email: royalvistaranches@valornet.com • Website: www.royalvistaranches.com Accredited Oklahoma Stallion • Nominated to the Oklahoma Stallion Stakes


A Real Chart Topper Texas-bred Thegirlinthatsong carries on her home state’s winning tradition

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By Rudi Groothedde Texas is a proud state and Texans are a passionate people, especially when it comes to homegrown music and horses. So it comes as no surprise that the kind of pride and passion exhibited by those born in the Lone Star State has produced such female icons in these fields as the singers Janis Joplin, Beyoncé and Miranda Lambert and the Thoroughbred racemares Pan Zareta, Two Altazano and Got Koko. These famed Texans made their way to the top of the charts with memorable hits in their respective arenas, and now, another such star can be added to the roll of honor. Thegirlinthatsong, named for a lyric in Keith Urban’s 2010 hit, “Put You In A Song,” completely dominated the 40th running of the $200,500 La Cañada Stakes Thegirlinthatsong repeated the feat of fellow Texas-bred (G2) at historic Santa Anita Park in Southern California on January 17. She became Got Koko with a graded stakes win at Santa Anita Park. the second Texas-bred to win a graded stakes race within the space of nine months, following Fiftyshadesofgold’s win in the 2014 Eight Belles Stakes (G3) in May at Churchill Downs. In winning the La Cañada, Thegirlinthatsong emulated the feat of the aforementioned Got Koko, who won the same race for 4-year-old fillies in February 2003. With her triumph, Got Koko completed a three-race sweep of the now-defunct La Cañada Series that included a victory in the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes. A daughter of Signal Tap bred by Eileen Hartis, Got Koko remains the all-time leading female Texas-bred earner with a bankroll of $960,946.

Her Golden Sire

Thegirlinthatsong was foaled at the late Clarence Scharbauer Jr.’s Valor Farm near Pilot Point, Texas, on April 20, 2011. Her sire, My Golden Song, who stands at Valor, has also experienced his own rise up the charts. His 2014 progeny earnings of $1,077,998 ranked him third among all stallions standing in Texas, and he also ranked as the state’s top freshman sire of 2011 and the respective leading second- and thirdcrop sire of 2012 and 2013. Eight Belles winner Fiftyshadesofgold is another of his leading progeny. Also bred by Scharbauer, she earned $420,521 on her way to becoming both the Texas Champion 3-Year-Old Filly and Horse of the Year in 2014. “My Golden Song was bred and raced by a gentleman named Vernon Heath,” said Ken Carson, the longtime general manager of Valor Farm, now owned by the Estate of Clarence Scharbauer Jr. The 2003 son of prolific sire of sires Unbridled’s Song was a Grade 3-placed winner of more than $100,000 for Heath’s Centaur Farms, and My Golden Song’s fourth dam, Fairway Fun, is the fifth dam of Bernardini, another promising young sire. “I got to know Verne when I was with Three Chimneys in Kentucky,” continued Carson, a 30-year member of the Scharbauer family’s nationally noted breeding and racing program. “When he retired My Golden Song, a good friend of ours called me to say that the horse could be bought. Clarence [who passed away in February 2014] always liked Unbridled’s Song, and we ended up buying him. “The horse has pretty much made it on his own,” Carson said about the stallion. “He hurt himself in the breeding shed while breeding his very first mare [in 2008] and missed the rest of the season. We had already booked over 60 mares to him that year. That was about the time that racing in Texas started slowing down, so he bred very few mares.” 42

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From 56 starters in his four crops to race, My Golden Song boasts 78.6 percent winners, 14.3 percent stakes winners and 3.6 percent graded stakes winners through late February. His offspring have banked almost $3 million for more than $51,000 in average earnings per runner. His other stakes winners to date are Triumph and Song, Cowgirl N Up, Smiles Golden Song, Platinum Song, I Am Jane Dough and Golden Cedar. “He has done all of this with Texas-based mares,” Carson said of the 16.3-hand gray stallion who is standing for a $4,000 stud fee this year. “We bought another son of Unbridled’s Song at the 2007 Keeneland September Yearling Sale,” Carson added. “We named him Silver City. He won a stakes and was Grade 3-placed with earnings of just under $200,000. His foals came out running. He is the sire of Promise Me Silver, six for six with five stakes wins and $259,355, and Silverhill, who was second in a Grade 3 stakes at Churchill Downs last year. Both Silver City and My Golden Song are popular with breeders in the Southwest.”

Every Song Has a Story

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After being raised at Valor under Carson’s watchful eye, Thegirlinthatsong was offered for sale at auction. “There was really nothing noteworthy about her,” Carson recalled. “Clarence would only keep five or six yearlings from each crop and since we had a very good bunch of yearlings that year, which included Fiftyshadesofgold, she was offered for sale at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton Texas Yearling Sale in Grand Prairie. She was very small as a yearling and not overly athletic. Her dam had never produced anything of mention in her seven previous foals. We put a $7,400 reserve on her, which she didn’t reach. We thought we had her sold after the sale for about half that, but the guy backed out. So we ended up trading her to a trainer who had a nice mare but didn’t care to get in the breeding business.” That conditioner was Andrew Konkoly, and Thegirlinthatsong would make her racing debut for him and his wife, Joyce, in their Anjo Racing silks at Lone Star Park on June 8, 2013. She debuted with a troubled sixth-place finish, and then finished second in her next start before breaking her maiden going about five furlongs on the Louisiana Downs grass. Her next two starts would again be on the grass, but in stakes company at the Bossier City track. She finished second by a neck in the 7 1/2-furlong, $50,000 Donnie Wilhite Memorial Stakes and followed that with a narrow victory in the $100,000 Happy Ticket Stakes at a mile. She completed her 2-year-old campaign back in her home state at Retama Park near San Antonio. Remaining in stakes company, she finished fifth in the M2 Technology La Senorita Stakes on the lawn before running third in the $75,000 Darby’s Daughter division of the Clarence Scharbauer Jr. Texas Stallion Stakes at six furlongs on the main track. Thegirlinthatsong began her 3-year-old season with two unplaced efforts on the dirt in stakes races and a third-place finish in an allowance event on the turf, all at Sam Houston Race Park, before getting back on track with a win going one mile on the grass at Lone Star. This confidence booster was followed by an eye-catching 4 1/2-length victory in the appropriately named Got Koko division of the Texas Stallion Stakes at a mile on the Lone Star main track just nine days later. In what would prove to be her final two starts for the Konkolys, Thegirlinthatsong ran fourth in stakes company and third in an allowance race at Lone Star in June and July. She was then sold privately for an undisclosed sum on the recommendation of bloodstock agent Mark Cornett. On August

Thegirlinthatsong has hit the board in 14 of 20 career starts with more than $430,000 in earnings. 31, she made her debut for new owners Tim and Tony Russo, Daniel Gatto and Jerry Hollendorfer, the last-named also her new trainer, with a thirdplace finish in the $100,250 Torrey Pines Stakes (G3) at Del Mar in California. When asked about the details of the purchase, Racing Hall of Fame member Hollendorfer said, “There are good horses everywhere, so even though I hadn’t seen her, I was happy to do the deal on paper through Mark.” The well-traveled Texas-bred then enjoyed a $40,000 payday when second in the $200,000 Remington Park Oaks in Oklahoma on September 28, which she followed with an unplaced effort in a Grade 3 turf race at Santa Anita in October, with Rafael Bejarano aboard for the first time. On November 26, Thegirlinthatsong bounced back with a second-place finish in the $309,000 Zia Park Oaks in New Mexico. In the La Cañada, Thegirlinthatsong went to post for her 4-year-old debut as the 6-1 third choice in a group of seven fillies of the same age who boasted more than $2.5 million in earnings among them. This classy contingent was led by the even-money favorite and eventual runner up Lexie Lou, the winner of last year’s $1 million Queen’s Plate in Canada. Finishing third was another Grade 1-placed runner in the 8-5 second wagering choice, Jojo Warrior, whose 2014 victories included two graded races in Southern California. AMERICAN Racehorse • MARCH/APRIL 2015 43


After breaking well from the third post position, Thegirlinthatsong same track and distance as the La Cañada. stalked Jojo Warrior in second through solid fractions of :23.63, :47.13 Thegirlinthatsong is out of the winning Dixieland Band mare Belle of and 1:11.66 before taking the the Band, who died at age 16 lead outside of this rival in in September 2013 after prothe upper stretch. She then ducing 11 named foals durdrew clear under left-handing a breeding career that ed urging from Bejarano for began in 2001. Eight of her 1 a 4 /4-length win in 1:43.84 offspring have raced; six of for the 1 1/16-mile dirt trip. Lexie them have won, including Lou came from fifth to secure 13-time winner Fly South. Belle second place by a head over of the Band’s dam, Alysbelle, Jojo Warrior. was a Grade 2-winning full Thegirlinthatsong banked sister to Dorothy and Pamela $120,000 in an impressive effort Scharbauer’s legendary 1987 that improved her overall record Kentucky Derby (G1) winner to five wins, four seconds, four and 1988 Horse of the Year thirds and $431,695 in earnings Alysheba. from 20 trips to post. “[Belle of the Band’s] 2013 Following the La Cañada, gelding by Jet Phone is owned Thegirlinthatsong took on by [Clarence’s son] Douglas seven new rivals as the 9-5 Scharbauer and is in trainCourtesy Valor Farm ing with Bret Calhoun,” Carfavorite in the $200,750 Santa The daughter of My Golden Song did not distinguish herself as a Maria Stakes (G2) on Febru- yearling, but it’s been a different story on the racetrack as she’s son said. “He should make his ary 14. Featuring the addi- developed into one of the top Texas-breds in recent memory. first start at Lone Star Park this tion of new partners Steve Melen and Steve Taub to her ownership summer.” group, the dark bay filly earned $24,000 when she rallied for third afIn the meantime, Thegirlinthatsong will attempt to add some more ter racing in sixth in a race won by Warren’s Veneda in 1:43.18 on the profitable hits to her chart-topping career. H

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Ultimate EZ a Hit at Ramsey Farm

New milker helps nourish foals with serious illness

By Natalie Voss

Every year at Ramsey Farm in Nicholasville, Kentucky, some 12 dozen Thoroughbred foals are born, filling the farm’s brilliant green pastures with spindly legged Kentucky Derby hopefuls. The 1,700-acre farm has staff on hand round-the-clock to monitor all the births, and most of them go off without a hitch. There’s a lot that could go wrong, though, which is why the start of the year brings a stretch of sleepless nights for some of the farm’s managers. Usually a manager’s focus is on getting the mare through the birth safely and getting the foal up and nursing relatively soon. The mare’s first milk, called colostrum, is rich not just in nutrients but in antibodies that will give the foal’s immune system an early boost and start his growth off right. In rare instances though, that first milk could actually prove fatal. Ramsey Farm, like other large breeding operations, sees occasional instances of neonatal isoerythrolysis (NI), a disease in which the foal’s blood type does not match up with his dam’s. The antibodies in the colostrum end up fighting against the NI foal’s red blood cells, which they identify as imposters. During pregnancy, the foal is protected by the placenta, so foals are usually born without complications or obvious problems. If an NI foal gets a gulp of colostrum, he will begin showing signs of depression, decreased appetite, jaundice and anemia, and sometimes death can result. Fortunately, early identification helps the Ramsey Farm team manage NI foals differently. After a few days, a mare’s milk will lose those antibodies, so affected foals need to be prevented from nursing and given another mare’s colostrum instead. That has meant tasking a nightwatchman or groom with milking the mare every few hours, and that hasn’t always been easy—until now. Longtime Ramsey Farm manager Mark Partridge has been testing the Ultimate EZ electric pump milker on mares this foaling season and has found it an easy solution both for his staff and his horses. The milker, made by EZ Animal Products, has been used by hobby dairyists on cows, sheep and goats, but comfortably fits mares, too. The machine works with a light, adjustable suction vacuum to

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draw milk from two teats or just one at a time; gentle silicone inserts keep the device comfortable on the mare’s teats, which is important for horses who might be anxious with a little one underfoot. “They’re all different,” Partridge said. “Some don’t care [about being milked]; with some you can’t do it; and some, they might fuss a little bit but they’ll let you do it.” The foals pay little attention to the machine, which is much quieter than other electronic milkers and has been specially adapted with longer silicone air tubing, so the electric pump does not have to be in the stall with the mare and foal. Previously, the farm had used the Udderly EZ hand-powered pump milker made by the same company, though Partridge likes that the new model does the work in half the time. It’s also gentle enough to be used on mares with mastitis, a painful udder infection. (Mastitis cases need to be milked to help remove infected milk from the udder, but the udders are usually very sensitive to touch. The milker doesn’t create any friction on the teats or bag.) In Partridge’s experience, NI foals are usually cleared to begin nursing after a day or so and go on to lead normal lives as future racehorses. Colostrum collected from the mare during that time is stored (with the mare’s blood type noted) for use with orphaned or sick foals who are compatible with a certain blood type. Ramsey Farm also contributes to local colostrum banks, milking non-maidens when possible.

Partridge says it only makes sense that Ramsey Farm try out this new machine, which is entering its second year on the market. The farm’s philosophy is a mixture of hardboot horsemanship with cutting-edge innovation. In the “traditional” column, the farm removed its pipeline for city water about six or seven years ago and draws water from the springs on the property—an approach the horses seem to thrive on. Besides its trademark water, Ramsey Farm prides itself on raising horses with minimal time indoors, with the idea that exercise and bluegrass build stronger, happier horses, many of whom run under the farm’s red and white colors rather than going through public auction. It’s an approach that’s worked: Farm owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey picked up $10.5 million in earnings as owners in 2014 and $10.4 million as breeders, earning them coveted Eclipse Awards in both roles for the second time (plus three previous Eclipse Awards as leading owner). The innovation comes in the farm’s well-known “spa,” originally engineered for prize stallion Kitten’s Joy. These days, all Ramsey horses enjoy trips to the farm’s very own aquatred exercise pool and a vibration plate under a panel of heat lamps. “We do like to try out anything new that’s coming along; people say I like having new toys,” Partridge said with a laugh. “We try to mix old school with new technology.”

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Sam Houston Smorgasbord Over a span of less than eight weeks, Sam Houston Race Park offered a total of 20 stakes.

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Sam Houston Race Park does not have the longest meet in the region, but it certainly has one of the most varied and extensive stakes schedules with a total of 20 events. The track is home to the only graded turf race in Texas as well as the richest dirt stakes in the state, and Texas-bred and -sired horses had plenty of chances to shine during the meet that kicked off with the two-night Texas Champions Weekend. Following is a recap of all the stakes at Sam Houston during the 32-day meet that ran from January 16 to March 10. INFECTIOUS

$50,000 Bara Lass Stakes 3-year-old filly by Valid Expectations out of Red Cell, by Geri Owner/Breeder: W.S. Farish (Texas) Trainer: Danny Pish Jockey: Roman Chapa

EARLY FANTASY

$50,000 Yellow Rose Stakes 5-year-old mare by Early Flyer out of Personal Fantasy, by Saratoga Six Owner: Sierra Racing Stable LLC Trainer: Andrew Konkoly Breeder: Jim and Marty Evans (Texas) Jockey: David Cabrera Stallion Early Flyer stands in Texas at Valor Farm

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$50,000 Star of Texas Stakes 4-year-old colt by Uncle Abbie out of Let Her Reign, by Rampage Owner: Johnny Evans and Terry Eoff Trainer: Terry Eoff • Breeder: Mr. and Mrs. Frank Prifitera (Texas) Jockey: Ernesto Valdez-Jiminez Stallion Uncle Abbie stands in Texas at Key Ranch

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$50,000 San Jacinto Stakes 5-year-old mare by Valid Expectations out of Autumn Sky, by Skywalker Owner/Trainer/Breeder: Leroy James Pollok (Texas) • Jockey: Iram Diego

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$50,000 Groovy Stakes 3-year-old gelding by Elusive Bluff out of Actress E, by Noactor Owner/Breeder: David Davis (Texas) Trainer: Karl Broberg Jockey: Roman Chapa

COALPORT

$200,000 John B. Connally Turf Cup (G3) 6-year-old horse by Kitten’s Joy out of Ballade’s Girl, by Saint Ballado Owner/Breeder: Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey (Illinois) Trainer: Mike Maker Jockey: Miguel Mena 54

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$50,000 Spirit of Texas Stakes 8-year-old gelding by Explicit out of Hay Costa, by Hay Halo Owner/Trainer: Patti Turner Breeder: H.L. Southard (Texas) Jockey: Alfredo Contreras

FLY THE RED EYE

$50,000 Richard King Stakes 7-year-old gelding by Early Flyer out of Rare and Sixy, by Rare Brick Owner: Cheyenne Acres • Trainer: Karl Broberg Breeder: Brent Davidson (Texas) Jockey: Colby Hernandez Note: Fly the Red Eye (no photo available) was declared the winner upon the disqualification of Quiet Acceleration.


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$50,000 Tomball Stakes 4-year-old filly by My Golden Song out of Strawberry Smile, by Strawberry Road (Aus) Owner/Breeder: Rose Mary Chandler (Texas) • Trainer: Danny Pish Jockey: Deshawn Parker Stallion My Golden Song stands in Texas at Valor Farm

CASSATT

$400,000 Houston Ladies Classic 4-year-old filly by Tapit out of Justenufftime, by Giant’s Causeway Owner: Fox Hill Farms Inc. • Trainer: Larry Jones Breeder: Mt. Brilliant Farm LLC (Kentucky) • Jockey: Kerwin Clark

MEME JO

$50,000 Bucharest Stakes 5-year-old gelding by Too Much Bling out of Honey Gold, by Touch Gold Owner/Trainer: George Bryant Breeder: Jeanne Bruce (Texas) Jockey: Iram Diego Stallion Too Much Bling stands in Texas at Lane’s End Texas

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$75,000 Texas Stallion Stakes (Jim’s Orbit Division) 3-year-old gelding by Grasshopper out of Folksy, by Midway Road Owner: Brad Grady • Breeder: W.S. Farish & E.J. Hudson Irrevocable Trust (Texas) • Trainer: Bret Calhoun Jockey: Lindey Wade Stallion Grasshopper stands in Texas at Lane’s End Texas

$75,000 Texas Stallion Stakes (Two Altazano Division) 3-year-old filly by Silver City out of Uno Mas Promesa, by Macho Uno Owner/Breeder: Myrna and Robert Luttrell (Texas) • Trainer: Bret Calhoun Jockey: Cliff Berry Promise Me Silver also won the $100,000 Dixie Belle Stakes at Oaklawn Park Stallion Silver City stands in Texas at Valor Farm

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$50,000 Jersey Village Turf Stakes 5-year-old gelding by Magna Graduate out of Flashbulb Breeze, by Peruvian Owner: William Butler Breeder: Joanne Schapiro (Texas) Trainer: Mike Maker • Jockey: Cliff Berry

Congratulations also go to the following stakes winners bred or raced in the region: HEITAI • $75,000 Frontier Utilities Turf Sprint Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park • Owner/Breeder: Rowell Enterprises (Louisiana) • Trainer: Tom Amoss Jockey: James Graham

A DAY IN PARADISE • $50,000 Texas Heritage Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park • Owner: Tommy Ligon Breeder: Anstu Farm LLC (New York) • Trainer: Larry Jones Jockey: Kerwin Clark

EXODUS • $50,000 Allen’s Landing Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park • Owner: Fox Hill Farms Inc. Breeder: Diamond A Racing Corp. (Kentucky) Trainer: Larry Jones • Jockey: Kerwin Clark

ALBANO • $100,000 Maxxam Gold Cup at Sam Houston Race Park • Owner/Breeder: Brereton Jones (Kentucky) Trainer: Larry Jones • Jockey: Kerwin Clark

GHOST IS CLEAR • $50,000 Sam Houston Sprint Cup

at Sam Houston Race Park • Owner: Mike Maker and Jana Wagner • Breeder: Twin Creeks Farm, Tom and Nancy Clark, Taylor Made Farm, et al. (Kentucky) • Trainer: Mike Maker Jockey: Deshawn Parker

KITTEN’S QUEEN • $50,000 Jersey Lilly Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park • Owner/Breeder: Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey (Kentucky) • Trainer: Mike Maker Jockey: David Cabrera

PURE TACTICS • $79,800 Clocker’s Corner Stakes at Santa Anita • Owner: Nita Winner LLC • Breeder: Donald Eberts (Texas) • Trainer: Doug O’Neill • Jockey: Mike Smith IVAN FALLUNOVALOT • $100,000 King Cotton Stakes at Oaklawn Park • Owner: Lewis Mathews Jr. Breeder: Eileen Hartis (Texas) • Trainer: Tom Howard Jockey: Calvin Borel PERFECT STYLE • $50,000 El Paso Times Handicap at Sunland Park • Owner: Round Up Racing LLC Breeder: Michael Rainer (Indiana) • Trainer: Bart Hone Jockey: Alfredo Juarez Jr.

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WHY RACE IN INDIANA?

H More than six months of consecutive racing with 120 race days at Indiana Grand from April 21 through October 31 H Indiana Grand is a world-class racing and gaming facility with a renowned dirt and turf course H In 2014, Thoroughbreds in Indiana ran for total purses of $24.4 million with an average purse per race of more than $25,600 H There are 37 Thoroughbred stakes events in Indiana worth more than $4 million in 2015, including the $500,000 Indiana Derby (G2) and $200,000 Indiana Oaks (G2) Indiana Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (317) 709-1100 • info@itoba.com • itoba.com

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WHY BREED IN INDIANA?

H The Indiana Breed Development Fund totaled $10.3 million in awards and purses in 2014 H Indiana-bred and -sired maidens and allowance horses run for approximately $35,000 per race H In 2015, there will be 26 stakes for Indiana-bred or -sired horses with four offering purses of $150,000-guar. and 20 for $85,000-added H Over the past three years, Indiana-breds won or placed in stakes from coast to coast at Gulfstream Park, Woodbine, Monmouth Park, Colonial Downs, Hollywood Park, Oaklawn Park, Canterbury Park, Turfway Park, Hazel Park, Arapahoe Park, Mountaineer Park, Ocala Training Center and more H Increased sire power with approximately 75 stallions standing in the state

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What are the primary or most important vaccines needed for a Thoroughbred, and what is the best way to develop an annual schedule for my horse? By Erin L. McConachie, DVM, DACVIM

The most important vaccines needed for any adult horse are those that protect against vector-borne diseases or those that can be contracted from the environment. All horses are at risk of contracting vector-borne diseases regardless of their exposure to other horses. For that reason, vaccines that protect against vector-borne diseases are called core vaccinations and include vaccines against rabies virus, mosquito-borne illnesses (Eastern and Western equine encephalitis viruses and West Nile virus) and tetanus (Clostridium tetani), a bacterial disease often associated with wounds. In adult horses with a history of vaccination, rabies and tetanus boosters should be administered annually. This can be done in the spring or fall. Vaccinations that protect against mosquito-borne disease should be administered prior to the start of the vector season in the spring and may be administered again in the fall, especially in areas with a long mosquito season. Horses that have not been previously vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination history will need to have follow-up boosters for most vaccines about four weeks after the first dose is administered. Other vaccinations are based on the risk of exposure to particular diseases and depend on your geographic location and horse traffic where your horse is managed. Your local veterinarian will provide the best guidance for other vaccines that your horse might need. In most cases, for horses that are stabled at a boarding facility or racetrack, where there is exposure to other horses that might occasionally travel, it is often recommended to vaccinate for equine influenza virus and rhinopneumonitis (equine herpesvirus 1 and 4). The best way to develop an annual vaccination schedule is to talk to your veterinarian and then stick to the same schedule— ideally the same month each year—to help you remember to make your horse’s vaccination appointments. The exact month that your horse should have its spring or fall vaccinations might depend slightly on geography and the weather; for example, mosquito season comes around much earlier in the southern states than it does in the northern states. The above recommendations are based on the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Guidelines for Equine Vaccination. Additional information can be found at the AAEP website (aaep.org/info/guidelines-48).

Dr. McConachie is a clinical instructor and Board Certified in Large Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. H

Have a horse health question? Ask an expert! American Racehorse has teamed with the University of Georgia Veterinary Teaching Hospital to provide horsemen with accurate, helpful information about equine health. Each issue of the magazine will include an “Ask a Vet” feature covering a general health topic or answering a question submitted by an American Racehorse reader. To submit a question to possibly be answered in a future issue, send an email to info@americanracehorse.com or a fax to (512) 870-9324. To find out more about the UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital, go to vet.uga.edu/hospital. Please note that all questions may not be answered in the magazine, and horsemen should seek the advice of their veterinarian for urgent issues.

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Selling the Game: Becoming an Owner—Types of Ownership and Costs To become an owner, it’s important to understand the types of ownership options and costs By Fred Taylor Jr. This is part three of Selling the Game, a series of articles about the excitement of Thoroughbred racehorse ownership and how to attract new owners, by Fred Taylor Jr. He is the founder and managing partner of Mojo Thoroughbred Holdings LLC, which operates Mojo Racing Partners offering affordable opportunities for newcomers and veterans to become involved in Thoroughbred ownership. Taylor serves as a liaison to the Department of Transportation for a major airline and is a former recipient of the Texas Thoroughbred Association’s Allen Bogan Memorial Award for member of the year. If you missed a previous installment, you can find past issues of American Racehorse at americanracehorse.com.

Hello, American Racehorse readers! After a long and harsh winter, spring racing is finally upon us. The prep races for the Kentucky Oaks and Derby are in full swing, and people across the country are getting very excited about horse racing. The time leading up to the first Saturday in May is when the public sees, hears and learns the most about the sport of Thoroughbred racing. And, through televised races, personal interest stories and advertisements about the races, it’s also a time when fans want to learn more about racehorse ownership. The first two articles in the “Selling the Game” series focused on why people own racehorses. In this article (and the next), I’m going to talk about how to become an owner. During the time when the interest in our sport is in full bloom, I’m always asked two “how” questions: How can I get involved? How much does it cost? TYPES OF OWNERSHIP I encourage those wanting to become racehorse owners to fully understand their options before they dive in. There are several options to consider, and similar to choosing the things you like to do, the best racehorse ownership choice is the one that’s the right fit for each person’s personality. I also encourage people thinking about ownership to consider their options to be like different levels of expertise: beginner, active participant and experienced veteran. That being said, in the end, one thing is true about ownership: Whether you own a little or a lot, just having any level of vested interest in a racehorse provides an experience that is far greater and more fulfilling than watching as a fan. Sole Ownership Perhaps the most straightforward and gratifying type of ownership is being the sole owner. Just like independently owning a business, the sole owner is responsible for almost everything— acquiring the bloodstock, finding a trainer, taking care of the administrative tasks and paying the bills. I say almost because, unless the interested person is also a licensed trainer and veterinarian, 62

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these are services that have to be hired. Being the sole owner has the primary benefit of “calling the shots,” but it also comes with the equally high level of responsibility of covering all of the expenses/liabilities. Additionally, just like running a business, being the sole owner requires being 100 percent attentive to all of the administrative details, too. Most people who haven’t been owners don’t fully understand what has been done when they see a proud owner standing in the winner’s circle. While it is true that a sole owner is proud because his or her horse won the race, that owner also experiences pride in all the personal effort he or she contributed leading up to the race.

Partnerships Horse racing partnerships are formed to share the costs of owning a racehorse. For the purposes of this article and simplicity’s sake, a partnership exists when two or more people agree to share responsibility—all of it. Usually, the responsibility is shared equally between the owners, but it’s not uncommon for partnerships to be formed based on differing percentages of ownership. Most racing partnerships are made with some sort of written


agreement that outlines the level of commitment (insofar as the fi- agreement that explains each participant’s rights, obligations and ponancial commitment and duties) of each partner, the percentage of tential distributions. A racing group will also provide the terms and ownership and length of time in which the partnership is expected to conditions of the services that will be provided to the participant. exist. The partnership agreement also defines how the partnership’s Of course, the more complex the structure of an entity, the higher expenses will be covered and the way any revenues will be utilized the level of understanding and consideration required. Since owning and distributed. It’s not necessary for a partnership agreement to be racehorses can be a complex enterprise, an advanced type of busidrafted, reviewed and ness structure (such approved by an at- The Purpose of Written Agreements as an LLC) becomes The statute of frauds (the laws related to contracts that protect one person torney. To be binding necessary to ensure from being tricked and another person from being held accountable for an (should a dispute take the business affairs of unintentional mistake) state, among other things, that agreements for goods place that needs to be the entity are in order, and services that are (a) priced higher than $500 and (b) make guaranties of settled in a court of being managed propanother person’s obligations need to be put in writing. That means, the more law), the agreement erly and upholding there is to consider, the more an offer has to be spelled out. needs to include three its corporate responOnce you decide to participate, the racing group or limited liability corbasic things: an offer, poration will ask you to sign a participation document that basically says, sibilities, particularly acceptance and con- “I understand the risk and agree to the terms.” Doing so fulfills the second regarding licensing, sideration. accounting and tax essential element of a binding contract: acceptance. The document serves to Some general part- avoid any inferences, counter offers, misunderstandings about assignment, matters. nerships are formed implications about each partner’s risk, secret deals or silent handshakes. Thus, participating The last thing that’s needed to make the contract binding is consideration. in a racing group is with a “gentleman’s agreement,” however, In the world of contracts, consideration is something of value (namely the most flexible, semoney) that is exchanged for a product, service or both. The bottom line when it comes to dealcure and enlightening reason for having a written agreement is that it would be shifty and ing with expenses and option because the revenues (particularly irresponsible not to provide each participant with an explanation in corporate entity hanwriting up front about what’s expected. those that involve dles all of the business large sums of money), it’s always best to have a written agreement to matters, and the person who owns a portion of the horse(s) is able to ensure everyone involved has a basic understanding of (and reference participate and receive the same type of ownership experience. document for) the way the business matters will be handled. Also, in terms of tax purposes, the IRS and other state/federal governing THE COSTS OF OWNERSHIP Like nearly everything else in life, the things we do boil down to agencies will expect to see official documents that spell out the partnership’s business structure. I highly recommend ensuring a written what we can afford, and this is true for racehorse ownership. Fortuagreement is made and a copy available before entering into any type nately, because of the different types of ownership, there are affordof partnership agreement. And, if a written agreement isn’t provided, able racehorse ownership options that can fit into just about anyone’s personal budget. you should probably avoid joining in that partnership. The costs for each owner vary based on what a person or group is Racing Groups and LLCs willing to pay to acquire the bloodstock, the prices charged by the One of the easiest, least demanding and most economical owner- corresponding service providers and the health of the horse. ship options—especially for someone who has never owned a raceThe actual cost of acquiring a racehorse can range from as low as horse but is looking to learn without being fully responsible for all of $1,000 to as high as a million dollars or more. The annual cost of the costs/liabilities—is to join a racing group that’s filed as a limited having a racehorse in training is based on three common expenses: liability corporation (LLC). training/racing charges, veterinary care and administrative expenses. Racing groups are typically formed by a corporate entity to offer The annual cost of one racehorse in training is typically between small ownership portions in a particular horse or set of horses (i.e., $30,000 and $40,000. multiple horses bundled together into one racing group). These portions can be offered as permanent vested interests (like capital stock) Bloodstock Acquisition The first, and potentially the single largest, outlay of cash by an or they can be offered as leasehold shares—much like renting propowner is the amount needed to buy a racehorse. erty for a limited period of time. 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their age and pedigree (the quality of the horse’s father and mother), they can be claimed from a race for a set price (based on the perceived competitive ability of the horse at the time of the race) or they can be acquired by way of private purchase or by breeding one’s mare to a particular stallion. In a future article, I’ll talk about the strategy of acquiring racing bloodstock, but for now, the thing to keep in mind is that a racehorse’s purchase price is determined by the present-day market value, which is predicated on various economic factors affecting the sellers and buyers. That being said, when acquiring racing bloodstock, it’s equally important to remember that the price doesn’t necessarily determine a horse’s competitive ability.

Training and Racing Once your horse has been acquired, it has to be placed with a licensed trainer who will then prepare, qualify and enter your horse to race. (I’ll explore the training process in greater detail in the next article.) Most trainers follow general routines for preparing Thoroughbreds to race, but each also has his or her own particular practices to help a horse reach its highest racing potential. Trainers bill their clients monthly. They typically charge by a set day rate and a percentage (generally 10 percent) for purse money that your horse wins. Also included in their monthly billing are expenses related to the care and grooming provided while under their care—these include farrier or blacksmith charges, general vitamins/ supplements, clipping (haircuts/grooming) and transportation between racetracks. A trainer’s day rate, which can vary from about $50 to $100 or more, is based on the cost of keeping your horse in the barn, exercising it daily, schooling it in the different areas of the racetrack and breezing the horse (timed workouts either alone or with other horses). The daily charge also factors in the horse’s stall, feed and bedding, as well as the costs of the trainer’s stable assistants and exercise riders. The day rate serves the purpose of covering the costs to keep a horse in training, but the trainer’s real income is made based on the percentage of purse money that is won. In this regard, some trainers only bill for horses that come in first, while others also bill for second and third. All of the basic training costs are included as a budgeted item in the overall participation price for a partnership or racing group. 64

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Veterinary Care Perhaps the expenses that new owners misunderstand and are unprepared for the most are the monthly costs related to veterinary care. Vet care can be one of the largest expenses owners pay based on the health and soundness of their horse(s). While Thoroughbreds are powerful animals, they are equally fragile. As such, to be better prepared for the cost of vet care, new owners must appreciate the nature of a Thoroughbred’s physique. Through centuries of breeding practices, the physical stature of a Thoroughbred has been honed toward being a tall, efficient, balanced and very fast animal. A Thoroughbred weighs around 1,000 pounds and, on average, can run up to 40 miles per hour. To maximize its speed over flat surfaces, its legs are long and lean, and its hips and shoulders are very muscular. At a gallop, a horse’s front and back legs work in concert by first stretching out as far as possible and then Denis Blake coming together by digging into the ground to lift the horse and catapult its large body forward (a “jump”). The distance between jumps is typically 20 feet, and based on a horse’s size and weight, a jump produces thousands of pounds per square inch of landing pressure on each hoof in every stride. To give such a large animal the ability to move rapidly, the bones in a horse’s legs are typically aligned at 45 degree angles and connected by taut tendons that are attached to sculpted muscles. The muscles and bones work together to quickly generate the power needed to launch the horse off the ground and reach its top speed in a couple of jumps. In addition to delivering the maximum lift, the angle of the bones in the legs also provide the ideal compression distribution to absorb the shock when the horse’s hooves strike the ground. A horse’s ability to breathe correctly is as equally important as its leg conformation. A horse’s nasal cavity, throat and lungs are designed to rapidly ingest and convert large quantities of air into oxygen that the blood carries to the muscles of its legs. If a Thoroughbred’s airway or lungs aren’t functioning properly, the horse may experience fatigue faster. Because of the Thoroughbred’s size and weight, its intricate musculoskeletal physique and its desire to run fast, any misalignment, breathing condition or any amount of severe fatigue can make a horse prone to soreness, respiratory ailments or debilitating injury. Sometimes a horse’s condition can be treated with rest and mild


medications. Other times, the condition requires professional treatment or surgery to restore the horse’s physique to proper form. For a healthy racehorse, the average cost for vet care should be between $150 and $250 a month. For a horse needing regular treatments or surgery, the cost could average $500 to $1,000 a month during treatment and recovery. Many partnerships and racing groups budget for and include standard vet care expenses in their participation price, but they will also include a clause that allows them to charge an additional amount should vet costs exceed the budgeted limit.

the traditional silk materials used to make them) are created and paid for by the owners. Each set of silks represents the owner’s or entity’s name, personality, business or farm. A good set of silks will cost between $250 and $350 depending on the intricacy of the owner’s design. If the owner has more than one horse racing at different tracks, then more than one set of silks is required. • Website, Mobile and Record Keeping Technology: Today, almost all transactions, record keeping and communications are conducted online or via a mobile device. In this regard, managing a racing entity requires the use of computers, mobile devices, external hard drives (to store and back up data) and the Internet (including a Administrative Expenses business website and social media pages). Thus, there are direct costs New owners may be surprised by other administrative costs that associated with maintaining the proper computer equipment and can add up if they’re not prepared to handle them. If you’re think- services needed to conduct the respective racing and business ing about joining a partnership or a racing activities. H group, the types of administrative expens• Advertising and Promotional Maes (included and not included) should be terials: Many partnerships and racing “New owners may be surprised identified in the agreement or terms and groups also promote the services they conditions for the racing entity. These adoffer and use advertising (both tradiby other administrative costs ditional administrative expenses can intional and social media) to reach target that can add up if they’re not clude the following: audiences. The costs of advertising and • Insurance: Depending on a particupromotional materials (per owner) are prepared to handle them. lar horse’s value, owners may consider inincluded in the overall administrative exsuring the animal against death or major If you’re thinking about joining penses for the racing entity. ailments that require an extensive amount • Entertainment: Owners like to host a partnership or a racing group, of money (e.g., colic or arthroscopic surparties to celebrate their horses and racgeries). The premiums for this type of ing achievements. Many owners will have the types of administrative insurance are based on the value of the a party at the racetrack on the day their horse and the type of surgical treatment horse is racing. Depending on the ownexpenses (included and not the owner wishes to be covered. er’s or the group’s budget, the parties may included) should be identified • Transportation: Transporting a raceinclude food, beverages and other types horse is typically provided by companies of accommodations. Sometimes there is a in the agreement or terms and that specialize in Thoroughbred shipping, set price that is separate from the costs of especially if a horse is traveling long disconditions for the racing entity.” ownership, while larger entities may offer tances. Most of these companies offer all inclusive entertainment packages as H ground transportation; however, some part of the services provided to the ownare experts at transporting horses by air, ers of the racing group. too. The costs associated with transportation vary based on distance, • Accounting and Tax Prep: Owning a racehorse is considered a method and whether the horse is being shipped alone or with other hobby unless it is conducted as a business. As such, if carried out as a horses. business, all types of horse racing activities need to be properly man• Licensing, Registration, Professional Dues: Various profession- aged in terms of the respective state and federal banking, accounting al expenses that an owner is responsible for paying include register- and tax laws. To do this, hiring a knowledgeable accountant, CPA, or ing the horse’s name with The Jockey Club; becoming licensed and tax expert to ensure proper bookkeeping and tax filing is a necessary registering one’s racing stable with the state racing commission; and cost that all owners should be prepared to pay. In this regard, all ownjoining professional organizations (such as state and national own- ers should be aware of the racing entity’s bookkeeping practices and ers associations) that are dedicated to supporting and promoting the how the owners will be charged for these respective costs. sport locally and across the United States. Next issue we will examine the training process along with the • Silks: The colors that the jockeys wear (called “silks” because of types of races and how a horse is entered to race. H AMERICAN Racehorse • MARCH/APRIL 2015 65


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AMERICAN Racehorse • MARCH/APRIL 2015


American Racehorse - March/April 2015  

This issue of American Racehorse magazine, which now includes coverage of Thoroughbred racing and breeding in Indiana, features articles on...

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