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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

My Thorougbred Blog Beginning

I am starting this blog to invite people to ask questions about thoroughbred racing, how to go about buying a horse, (racehorse or riding horse), and any question about horse training. I will do my best to answer questions quickly and I invite anyone with other experiences or ideas to join in and let us know what you think. No question is too dumb to ask. Please visit our website at and check out the live web cams at the track and at the farm .


Marissa said...

I'm new to racing so I have lots of questions. My 1st Q is about claiming races. How do they work ? If a horse is claimed (lets say today) how soon can he be claimed back ? Is there a waiting period ?
Thank you :)

Marissa said...

Here's another one for you! If I need to register a TB foal how do I get started ? I've never reg a baby before.
Thank you for your help :)

Donna said...

Hi Marissa,
Horses are claimed or purchased out of claiming races for a predetermined amount. Say you want to claim a horse for $5000. You would first need an owners license. If you are a first time owner there are different rules for claiming and you will need a trainer to help you with your paperwork and getting an open claim okay-ed with the stewards. You have to claim within a certain period of time. You will need funds deposited into a account at the track in which you are claiming with the horseman's bookkeeper. Some states, like LA, will require funds in addition to the $5000 for sales tax. If you have an owners license already you fill out a claim slip on the desired horse and drop in the box at the racing office as long as you have enough money in your account.
For the next 30 days the horse has to run for a 25% higher claiming price in most states. After the initial 30 days the horse can run for the same price it was claimed for or lower. Horses are not usually allowed to leave the state in which they are claimed until the meet they were claimed from is over. In CA they are not allowed to race in another state for 60 days after the meet they were claimed from is over. Check the rules in the state you are wanting to claim from, they are all a little different.
One of the most important things to remember is to have a qualified person view the horse before you drop your claim into the box. This person needs to be able to spot poor conformation that may limit the horses ability and longevity to race as well as see signs of old surgeries or injuries. Let me know if you have any other questions and welcome to the racing world.

Donna said...

About the foal registry. Setting up an account with the Jockey Club is the easiest way. They can do almost everything online now and it really simplifies the process. Go to and click on the registry. It will walk you through step by step.

David said...

I have a two year old colt in training at Remington Park. He will make his debut sometime in November. Please advise of your training rates for the Fair Grounds meet.

Dallas and Donna Keen said...

Hi David,
The day rate at the Fair Grounds will be $65 a day. In addition to that will be vet and farrier expenses. Most of the therapy products are included in your day rate. Please feel free to contact us by email or give me a call when you have time.