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  • How many people that post in the Racing Forums....

    Well how many of you are honest to goodness racetrackers?As in your sole income is from the racetrack and what do you do? I'll start I am a trainer and a gallop girl. Anymore?

  • #2
    I am an asst. trainer/gallop girl/van driver... :-) I'm like wal-mart...... one stop shopping hehehehe


    • #3
      LOL Flypony, if my sole income had to come from the horses I race I wouldn't be able to afford to keep breeding. (Also I'd be kind of hungry. ) I'm lucky when they cover their own expenses much less mine.


      • #4
        Originally posted by LaurieB View Post
        LOL Flypony, if my sole income had to come from the horses I race I wouldn't be able to afford to keep breeding. (Also I'd be kind of hungry. ) I'm lucky when they cover their own expenses much less mine.
        Exactly. I have a small herd and when I am lucky, they (sort of) pay for themselves.

        I on the other hand am on my own.


        • #5
          Not me. Just a bettor, race fan, and owner of two OTTBs and counting.
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          • #6
            I was until they moved all racing too far from me to make it worth the effort. Training and then hauling for 4 hours one way then back just isnt worth the effort, and staying at the track is too expensive. Oh well, maybe they will open something closer at some point.
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            • #7
              Well I am an owner, trainer, breeder, stall cleaner, groom, van driver, etc so its safe to say that I am very involved in the industry directly. If I had to live off the money I make with them I could be sleeping in the aisle next to them however so take from that what you will.
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              • #8
                Lifelong fan of the horses. Watching racing on tv was the only access I had to horses when I was little.

                Decades ago I had a brief stint walking hots / exercise riding on a private farm. That was my in.

                These days I retrain horses coming off the track (more often than not without compensation), and actively support retirement efforts in various capacities.

                I hope I'm qualified enough to continue posting here.


                • #9

                  I am or at one time have been: owner, trainer, assistant trainer, exercise rider, pony girl, groom, outrider,sometimes all at the same time-- I still make money while working at the track, but it is no longer my sole source of income-- I got tired of eating Ramen Noodles!!!!!
                  The only difference between a runaway and a fast gallop is nothing but a SMILE
                  Most horses cross the Rainbow Bridge, but TEDDY JUMPED IT!!!
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                  • #10

                    each month the bills get paid....... not sure how, but with a dose of faith, enough there to cover one bill after another.
                    Im a groom--- rent a farm where I take in lay-ups, consignments for retraining, and horses needing a bit of legging up/have 3 ponies I use there....and, I hustle *runs* at night.
                    My farm, an hour south, sits empty......just too far to travel; however, the postal service makes sure the mail/and its bills, follow me here ...
                    For a few years, I did day and night pony work ...but between the continual track closings, and trainers not paying, (and a few other specific PN issues).......the good trainers couldnt keep up and carry the slow/no pays.
                    For someone who wants to work, there is always a job somewhere on the backside.....
                    IN GOD WE TRUST
                    OTTB's ready to show/event/jumpers. Track ponies for perfect trail partners.


                    • #11
                      Not me, I'm a volunteer on the backside every weekend. I don't think I would last, working as hard as the folks on the backside do.
                      If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.
                      Desmond Tutu


                      • #12
                        I finally acquired my trainer's license in November. Prior to that I was just a lowly gallop girl and AT. I only have a scant few horses in training as of yet, though, and still hold down a couple of freelance galloping jobs. I am heading to FL next week with a few racehorses going down w/me and will be galloping, breaking babies, and catch riding show horses. I am a racetracker in the sense that my sole income comes from the track. I try to avoid much of the racetracker persona though, which I *mostly* succeed at.
                        "Gallop as if you were to die tomorrow, jump as if you were to live forever."


                        • #13
                          Not me...

                          Breeder, owner and married to a former trainer/driver who now handles stallions at one of the breeding farms here in FL. Hubby's familiy are trainers and work in the industry as do many of our friends. I do however have a day job to pay for our passion (the horses). Here is our latest homebred to win - have a couple more good ones out there this year... http://s74.photobucket.com/albums/i2...rrent=0012.jpg


                          • #14
                            Started as a hotwalker, then groom while in college in the late 70s, graduated went to KY and broke babies and galloped at Keeneland (made it through exactly one semester of graduate school, and ditched it for the track--don't really regret it.)

                            Worked in publicity at Monmouth and The Meadowlands for years, spent 12 years dong television for Mth, Gulfstream, Meadowlands and Philadelphia Park, trained horses for about 6 years, and now run the retirement program, do the website for the horsemen's organization, and their newsletter--all at Pha.

                            Have two exracehorses of my own, but little time to do anything with them--they are my favorite kind of retirees: retired at 10 or older and are still as classy now as they were back when they were three.

                            (P.S. I managed a breeding farm when I was in my 20s, did freelance stallion advertising and STILL love shipping horses and do it often!).

                            The most fun: was training; the most rewarding: running the rescue.

                            I am definitely a racetracker!
                            Turning For Home, Inc.
                            Philadelphia Park Racehorse Retirement Program


                            • #15
                              I have been a groom, hot walker, breeder owner, exercise rider, work rider, assistant trainer and trainer. I do nothing but race track. OH ya... clip, break babies, worked yealing sales, bloodstock agent... pretty much you name it I have done it.


                              • #16
                                I'm too smart to be in the biz - my Dad had racehorses....!
                                Proud member of People Who Hate to Kill Wildlife clique


                                • #17
                                  I don't work in the industry, but am a lifelong fan of the Thoroughbred. I do like to look at the threads in this forum that are about TB's in general or when the discussion of bloodlines comes up.


                                  • #18
                                    I grew up in the industry (dad owned, bred - we stood 2 stallions, owned lotsa mares, and raced TBs and QHs), but my mom made sure I didn't do it for a living... unfortunately (or fortunately, who knows?)...

                                    But I am now at the track working part time for the last 2 years as an assistant clocker (weekends) at Sam Houston during TB season (and Quarters only when I have too! )

                                    An I am an avid watcher, reader, and have a lively virtual stable!
                                    View my photographs at www.horsephotoguy.zenfolio.com


                                    • #19

                                      I am a trainer, owner, ponygirl, groom and farm owner. I have 2 very nice owners with a few horses each and try to keep one or 2 horses for myself. I have built up a good pony business and train in the mornings and pony the races. During the winter I run off the farm (If I can get in at MTR and they don't cancel) and do layups. My income is solely from the track and my farm and I am proud to call myself a "racetracker".
                                      My mom didn't raise no jellybean salesman!


                                      • #20
                                        Owned a stakes level standardbred filly- now a broodmare. Had her two fillys and six other middling racers.. I sold off the herd when I retired......