Monthly Archives: September 2012

Lasix? She Don’t Need No Stinking Lasix

#1 in the above screenshot missed the break completely, spotted the field a full 5 lengths in her first career start – then flew past all of them to win by 5+ lengths at Mountaineer last week on an off track, in hand. And she did so without Lasix.

Watch it here:

What you don’t see in the replay is that this 2yo filly also broke away from the lead pony and completed a vigorous warmup, knocking off a solid 15sec furlong roughly 7min before loading into the gate for this 6F effort. Congrats to the connections for the courage to race this promising daughter of Bernstein drug free first time out, as well as expending the extra effort to have her psychologically ready for the extensive warm up.

It’s not every day you see a youngster have a legitimate excuse (bad break) and not need to use it – a perfect example of the successful marriage of external and internal horsemanship.

While I applaud the efforts of the newly formed Water/Hay/Oats Alliance for their stated goal to race 2yo without Lasix and Bute – I implore them to do something different in order to get back some of the advantage they are losing by giving up 30lbs of water weight to others in the field. Here are some suggestions:

1. Warm up like #1 did before the above race

2. Blowout your 2yo a day before the race, a Carl Nafzger/Rick Dutrow favorite:

3. Get STORM


Shameless Plug for Leading US Trainer

How’s that for literally running off the screen?

This is going to be difficult. I have a customer who is the top trainer in the US in terms of the percentage of his horses that hit the board (run 1, 2 or 3), but he prefers to keep it somewhat under wraps. He’ll talk with most anyone about his experiences, but doesn’t want his name made too public, lest he lose his edge. Understandable. So I am going to try and tell his story without divulging too much information.

-I currently find 6,655 US trainers who have made at least one start in 2012.
-Of those, 1,678 have made at least 50 starts.
-Of those, my client is #1 for in-the-money percentage.
-Number One, Numero Uno, The Big Man on Campus.
-Being the top dog in a field of 1,678 others is a massive achievement and not a statistical anomaly, as we shall soon see.

Now by the time you read this post these numbers certainly could have changed somewhat, as it’s already been a few days since I ran the data. But suffice it to say this trainer is having the best year of his 10+ year career, and not at some country fair, as he runs against a very competitive bunch.

Here is a graphical representation of his in-the-money percentage (y-axis) over his training career (x-axis):

That’s a 10 year career with a steady improvement over time.

Trainer X is a very, very sharp horseman – and is unafraid to run his horses where they belong – which contributes greatly to his success. However, his improvement from 2011 to 2012, with largely the same stable of runners, is as sharp as it was between his 3rd and 4th year in the game. Why?

Blog readers will recognize this point where I typically introduce the STORM supplement. But this time I want to delve a bit into the research behind the product, which began in 1999, and show how closely the theoretical findings in a laboratory have correlated with performance on the racetrack here in 2012.

Here is the one study which I will attempt to summarize:

In a nutshell, horses (as vegetarians) must synthesize their own carnosine from beta-alanine and histidine in order to improve stamina. Problem is, nearly all horses lack the appropriate amount of beta-alanine to do so, it is the weak link in the chain that STORM turns into the strong link over 4-6 weeks time.

The amount of carnosine a horse possesses is due to genetics as well as conditioning. Adding STORM to the diet 2x daily has been shown to positively affect this number. This is a key area in which STORM differs from other supplements. The researchers have identified a specific cellular process that contributes to the development of stamina; found the weak link, and strengthened it.

6 horses were featured in the study:

b-ala b-ala carnosine carnosine


day 1 day 30 day 0 day 31 change %











































Referencing the above table we see that all 6 horses improved their amounts of stored muscular carnosine due to adding beta-alanine to their diets. Two horses jumped 12.1 and 13.7% respectively, two more improved 6.4 and 6.8%, while the final two improved 4.2% and a somewhat negligible 1.8%.

Remember, with increased carnosine we will achieve superior buffering of the acidic environment due to intense exercise and blood lactate accumulation. The traditional milkshake seeks to achieve this through doping the bloodstream with bicarbonate/baking soda – but STORM exerts its effects within the muscle itself.

Fast-forward to the track in 2012: the aforementioned Trainer X feeds every one of his horses STORM 2x daily for 4-6 weeks before ever entering a race, the ideal scenario for our real-world laboratory. What happens?

Of 24 starters thus far; 16 have achieved lifetime high Beyer speed figures within their first 3 starts of the season off big layoffs. The Beyers range from 69 to 103.

16/24 is 66.7%, PRECISELY the same ratio as the study above where 4/6 significantly improved their carnosine synthesis due to beta-alanine supplementation with STORM.

2 of every 3 horses in that lab back in 1999 improved significantly, and here in 2012: 2 out of every 3 do the same on the racetrack.

Certainly Trainer X is one happy guy. But will STORM work as well when introduced midway into a racing season? We are on the road to finding out as Trainer Y had made 3 starts since starting STORM supplementation, and has already won 2 races, one of which is featured in the image at the top of this post: an 11+ length maiden triumph – breaking an 0-17 winless streak for Trainer Y.

As fantastic as STORM has performed in the real world, much of the credit in this case goes to Trainer X. He’s not a supertrainer and doesn’t have legions of deep pocketed owners, and when he bought his first load of the product, he paid for it from his own pocket. He couldn’t yet bill the owners the $3 per day cost until he had proven it worth the money. Also, he spent at least 4 hours with me on the phone in the months of February and March doing his due diligence, on the product as well as on myself.

By his own admission he’s tried nearly every legal supplement over the years, and been disappointed pretty much every single time.

I owe him a huge debt of gratitude for taking a chance on me and this product.