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: http://www.racingblue.com/PDF_downloads/Beta_Alanine_Horse.pdf

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

horse

day 1 day 30 day 0 day 31 change %

1

1428

1641

101.3

114.3

12.8

4.2%

2

1824

3238

104.2

142.0

36.3

12.1%

3

953

2400

113.5

135.4

19.3

6.8%

4

1693

4945

108.6

152.4

40.3

13.7%

5

499

1080

131.2

153.3

16.8

6.4%

6

384

1637

111.8

117.1

4.7

1.8%

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.

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About bpressey

Equine Exercise Physiologist

Posted on September 6, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Congrats! Running off the screen picture is just hilarious. And I always like solutions that don’t hurt the animals (or humans) and yet they are effective 🙂

    • Thank you Ania – here in the US there is a new group extolling the benefits of racing purely on hat/oats/water. While I applaud the idea of giving up lasix and bute, the idea that we can force a vegetarian athlete to excel without the benefits of specific proteins (amino acids) is dangerous.

      We don’t turn these horses out in a pasture, we condition and race them, all the while expecting them to improve. This is being an athlete, and creating an athlete requires protein to repair muscle damage.

      We wouldn’t dream of keeping supplemental protein away from a 17year old human track athlete, we shouldn’t keep it from our horses either.

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