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dbtoo
Nov. 2, 2009, 04:07 PM
Do work partners actually race or are they just on the track to give the better runner something to race and defeat? That can't be good for the other horse's confidence, i,e. Green Cat and Zenyatta.Or is that situation not typical?

Lady Counselor
Nov. 2, 2009, 04:41 PM
No, they race too. Some of them are decent runners in their own right, but may get used as a rabbit (speed horse) in a race, or to work another horse.

Blinkers On
Nov. 2, 2009, 05:20 PM
Often people work horses together for mutual fitness, or to teach horses to be beside a horse or pass a horse. Really it helps teach them what they need to know. It is used with young horses, old horses... for various reasons.

Linny
Nov. 2, 2009, 09:23 PM
Many of the workmates who are helping horses get ready for the Breeders' Cup are stakes horses in their own right. Sometimes a young or green horse will be worked with older horses to settle them or challenge them.

Glimmerglass
Nov. 3, 2009, 10:42 AM
A video example of what Linny said above:

Breeders' Cup starter in the last couple of days working in company with a graded stakes winning stablemate.

This is Crown of Thorns who is working with a parter - La Jolla Handicap (G2) winner - Meteore. COT will be with the purple BC saddle cloth and Meteore is with the white cloth and on the rail.

Youtube/TVG: go to the 8.48 mark to see start of Crown of Thorns & partner Meteore (http://www.youtube.com/user/tvgnetwork#p/u/1/X8Sg8v5bPBc)

As the note on TVG it is to keep Crown of Thorns mind on business.

(See at time mark 7:40 Pyro with Angel Cordero Jr.. Pyro is wearing a sherwin [sic?] for more control.)

Equilibrium
Nov. 7, 2009, 01:23 AM
The best works are the "drop ins". Wayne was famous for these and lord help you if you screwed up. If a good horse was to work 3/4 of a mile or sometimes a mile, he'd start off in company to keep them going. Then someone would drop in at the 5/8 pole for a couple more furlongs, and then someone would go from the 3/8 pole home. This kept horse occupied the whole time and one horse wasn't getting tired with the better horse. And you were never to "win" this type of work, you always stayed in company.

Terri