Interval Training and the Iron Horse: the 2008 Claimer of the Year
A magnificent article on the subject from the Thoroughbred Times staff writer Denise Steffanus this week about Antrim County and trainer Jay Wilkinson and their 2008 exploits:
Many of you may remember me writing about this topic 3 years ago, as I was the one who sold Jay the HR/GPS monitor used in the preparation of this 2-time Claiming Crown champ:
The TT article is a professional job, unlike my post, and quotes Jay extensively as he gives a horseman’s view of how/when he utilized interval training to turn this $5k claim into a $50k claim in just a few month’s time. My blog post gives some further details, including the actual PPs from the time frame in question – along with a litany of comments from non-believers.
Strange that the TT piece crops up 3 years after the fact, but nice to see a mainstream publication picking up on Jay’s amazing story. Jay is listed as Clifford Wilkinson if you wish to add him to your virtual stables, please send me a note if you wish to get in touch with him. He’s an old fashioned standardbred guy who interval trained this gelding and increased his earnings per start by 300% in a few short weeks.
Here’s why I think some standardbred training regimens can do wonders with thoroughbred stock:
After all, the winning time in the Hambletonian has improved at a 500% greater rate than that of the Kentucky Derby in the past 70 years, so they must be doing something right!-