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  • Help with Race Summary

    Hello Racing Forum People!

    Some of you have helped me in the past as I've been researching the journey of my friend's mare, ultimately for a piece of writing. This year I am closely reading her race record (27 starts) to determine which races to write more about and which to gloss over. In doing this, I have come across a couple of comments I'd like more help understanding.

    "won under a strong hand ride" and "lasted under strong handling"

    Can someone put those in layman's terms for me?

    Thanks!

  • #2
    The first - the rider did not have to hit the horse, but urged the horse to the finish strongly. The second - the rider rode hard to the end, possibly hitting the horse as well.
    "When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in a confederacy against him."

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      #3
      Thank you, Palm Beach!

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      • #4
        It also indicates this horse needed some persuasion. Perhaps it gets distracted once it gets the lead. Perhaps it’s racing at the top of its ability needing help instead of coasting home in front against lesser rivals, especially if it stepped up in class in these particular races. Perhaps it’s getting older or tired and losing some of its edge. Looking at a larger group of past races can indicate patterns, just two may or may not mean anything.

        Big part of training is putting the horse in the right race at the right time for what it needs to be successful. We can’t know why the horse was working harder in these two races but researching deeper might help your plot line and authenticity. There’s a ton more to getting that horse into the gate in a race that it can be competitive in or benefit from condition or training wise then many realize, trainer has to pick the right races for each of their horses.
        When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

        The horse world. Two people. Three opinions.

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          #5
          Thank you for that, findeight. I have thoroughly read the reports for each of her races. Those were her 7th and 8th races, and prior to that the comments show her starting strong and stopping or "giving way" in the stretch. After those two races that pattern continued as she dropped down through the claiming levels. I can see that her trainer was trying to figure her out, trying different lengths of races from six or seven furlongs to a mile to a mile and an eighth. There were also a couple of races where she got into early duels setting the pace and then faded. I can see the challenge of picking the right spot for her. In the end and after 27 starts, her second race owner decided that some of her troubles were from back soreness and decided to sell her out of racing to be a broodmare. After several owners and no foals, a subsequent owner discovered some reproductive issues that possibly could have been affecting her performances as a race horse. Whatever it ultimately was, she finally ended up in the hands of my friend and had a short but successful career in eventing. She is now enjoying a pampered retirement.

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