>Training in Argentina
Much more info to come in future posts, but for now here are some of the main differences I saw in their training programs:
- San Isidro had 2500 stalls and 5, yes 5 dirt training tracks, arranged in concentric circles where you can stand 10′ away from a horse breezing on the rail
- Trackside barns are owned by the owners, no stall rent to pay.
- Barns are all U-shaped, where horses can see each other, and the courtyard, all day long.
- Horses are hand walked to swimming pool in afternoons, which is nice as it was over 100 every day last week.
- Grooms are in attendance 24 hours a day, different shifts of course, but always someone attending to horses.
- Many gallops are done in bareback fashion, near a 2 minute lick, with tack only being used on official breeze days.
- In general, 14 days prior to a race the horse is worked the race distance, and again 7 days before race he/she is blown out half the race distance
- Horses often breeze strongly an eighth or so in front of the grandstand during the post parade, roughly 10 mins before entering the gate – THIS IS MY FAVORITE PART AS THE SPLEEN IS EMPTIED AND ACTS AS A NATURAL BLOOD DOPING PERFORMANCE ENHANCER.
- Horses may stand in the starting gate for a few minutes before the race, this stinks in my opinion.
- For my client, the race rider (who is a top 10 jock), gallops and breezes as many as he can manage every morning – and is very active in providing feedback