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    Default ? re: Average number of races for a horse

    Does anyone know where I could find some statistics on the average number of races a horse runs per year and the average time off between races?

    I'm looking at an OTTB that ran in 6 races in July/August last year, which seems like a lot to me, but maybe it's not?

    Thanks so much.



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    http://www.grayson-jockeyclub.org/re...lity_essay.pdf

    I'd say a horse in good racing condition could/would probably run once every 2-3 weeks on average depending on opportunity & trainer philosophy. Sometimes you can't get into a race that fits; sometimes it's a short meet and the horse might race more often. In sort - it depends.

    6 races in two months seems like a lot to me, but - depends on how the horse did, where he was racing, etc and what the trainer generally does and how successful s/he is at doing it. Clear as mud?
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    Yep! Clear as mud!

    She raced at Canterbury so I'm guessing there weren't that many races to choose from.

    She had her first race in early July, then raced again 8 days later, then 16 days, then 7 days, then 14 days, then 7 days. She was bottom of the pack, but never dead last (so she must not be a quitter), but I would think she must have been tired.

    She took a month off and then went straight into Polo training, which she doesn't care for, so they are selling her.

    I'm trying to decide if she should have a long break before starting career #3 within 9 months of her starting her first career. I don't want to fry her...

    Thank you for the link and response... this is helpful!
    Last edited by Kodidog763; Mar. 31, 2010 at 04:12 PM. Reason: because sometimes I forget to say Thank You!



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    I think you have to look at her attitude rather than the calendar. Is she perky and interested in working or is she cranky and avoiding? Same as with people - some thrive on work, some need a break, some really don't wanna do anything.
    Delicious strawberry flavored death!



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