A Day In The Life Of A Thoroughbred Trainer

22 Mar

Race Horse Partnership Trainer

The alarm sounds, its 3:30am already… Out the door and at the track the horses are fed and ready for training by 5:30am. And if you are a Southern California trainer you probably have been to both Hollywood Park and Santa Anita before 6am to check on all your horses. The training schedule that was posted in the barn last night is the road map for all the help at the barn from grooms to exercise riders, which charts the path to keeping the horses fit and ultimately getting them to the races.

Outsiders looking in may think that training horses only involves keeping the horses healthy and making sure they get their daily exercise and upkeep, but much more falls on the shoulders of a trainer. One of the most important aspects of training is the ability to have goals for each horse, and a race targeted from the condition book. Having a tentative race date allows the trainer to work backwards knowing how many breezes he needs in order to get his horse fit for the targeted race. The ability to do this requires an understanding of the condition book, knowing where each horse fits; in distance, surface, and class. And at the same time the trainer must balance the often opposing view of each owner who many times can have unrealistic goals for their thoroughbreds.

When it comes down to it training is like running a small business, where your employees are your help; grooms, exercise riders, and assistants and owners are your clients. Trainers are constantly trying to succeed at being both a successful horseman as well as a successful businessman. To be the best it takes expertise in both areas. But when it comes down to it a trainer must have a firm dedication to his horses, owners and staff that is ultimately guided for his passion for the game.

At Blinkers On Racing Stable we consider ourselves one of the most passionate thoroughbred partnerships in horse racing. Like a trainer we must maintain the appropriate balance between horseman and businessman in order to reach our goals. Here at Blinkers On we take pride in having one of the most passionate and dedicated trainers in Southern California to represent our horse racing partnership.

Blinkers On

Blinkers On Racing Stable, a leader in thoroughbred horse racing partnerships, brings together the finest in thoroughbred horse racing expertise with the best in business know-how, and above all, a team of people you can trust, to manage your investment. We are committed to helping you experience the joys of thoroughbred horse ownership. For more information on thoroughbred partnerships visit our website or request an information package about our partnership. Keep up with horse racing in California by reading our Blog, finding us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, checking us out on LinkedIn, or visiting our YouTube Channel!

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