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Trainers Wanted for 2-Year-Olds in Training Survey

Survey hopes to identify injury or illness rate among 2-year-olds in training.

 

When starting research on injury rates and types of injuries in young Thoroughbreds in training, University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Center scientist and veterinarian Dr. Allen Page discovered he had no current statistics for North America with which to make any comparisons.

Page is hoping to fill this gap with an ongoing appeal to Thoroughbred breaking and training centers in the U.S. and Canada to provide weekly injury and illness reports on 2-year-olds that have not been breezed yet.

“One of the things we noticed as we applied for funding was a lot of data from other countries on horses in training, but there is nothing contemporary for North America,” Page said. “We know training methods are different and surfaces are different, so it makes it difficult for us to try to extrapolate the work we are doing to North America.”

Working with Dr. Tim Parkin, a professor of veterinary epidemiology at the University of Glasgow who does statistical modeling for The Jockey Club’s Equine Injury Database, Page has developed a survey that should be easy for trainers to fill out on a mobile phone or tablet.

Trainers are being asked to answer a handful of questions each week about the horses in their care, including the number of training days missed and the reasons for the missed training—bucked shins, stress fractures, exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage, respiratory illness, colic, or another non-exercise related injury (such as a laceration), or another malady. They are also asked to record for each horse the number of works or breezes, the distances for each, and the surface of the track or gallop.

“Trainers have a million things to do, we know, and this is now a million and one. So we’ve made the survey as easy to fill out as possible,” Page said. “That early speed training is such an important time for these horses. We know those early breezes set them up for success or potential failure down the road, because this is the time their skeletal systems are developing a response to the stress of training. We want to get a better grasp on that.”

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With the year’s first 2-year-olds in training sale less than two weeks away, Page acknowledged the survey request is coming out late in the breaking and training cycle. He hopes, however, to collect some data this year while laying the foundation for more widespread participation starting next fall.

“We will also want to look at the sale horses separately, because that is always the question about horses who are being pushed earlier than those being prepped for the races,” Page said.

While several owners have responded to the survey request, Page said he only wants trainers participating because they are working hands-on with the horses every day. Also, Page stressed, the information provided is confidential.

“We rely on trainers providing us honest information, so when we publish results, we never publish names,” Page said. “If they are the only trainer in a particular small town, we only identify the state. If they are the only trainer in a state, then we don’t report that state. We don’t publish anything that can be tied to a specific trainer, owner, or horses.”

While some participants may be concerned, too, about what the results of such a survey might show, Page points to the progress made at North American racetracks because of the Equine Injury Database. The racetrack fatal injury rate has dropped four consecutive years and is down 23% since 2009, according to an analysis released in March 2017.

“This survey will help as we refine the testing we do in our lab but also give the rest of the industry a good idea of what the overall injury rate is and where there is room for improvement, if there is,” Page said. “So come one, come all.”

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Trainers, Agents Beware: Telephone Con Artist Is At It Again

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Trainers and bloodstock agents in California, New York and states in the Midwest are being targeted by a telephone con artist who falsely claims to represent a wealthy international businessman interested in retaining them to buy horses on his behalf.

The scam is almost identical to the one reported in the Paulick Report in August 2016. In recent weeks, trainers and bloodstock agents in California, Kentucky and Arkansas confirmed they have been contacted by the individual. The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association posted what it called a “scam alert” on its Facebook page.

The caller, who familiarizes himself with the trainer or bloodstock agent’s successes, claims to represent a wealthy businessman or member of the royal family in Abu Dhabi or Brunei (in 2016, the scam involved someone from India purportedly interested in buying horses). The wealthy individual cited in each case is real but is completely unaware their name is being used in an attempted con.

The caller, who uses different names and spoofs different telephone caller ID numbers, says the businessman would like to set up a call with the trainer or agent to discuss the purchase of specific horses, either in training or public auction. In some cases the call has taken place with a second individual pretending to be the prospective horse buyer, who also shows some knowledge of the trainer or agent’s career and successes.

The follow-up from the original caller specifies that the trainer or agent set up encrypted communications software because of privacy concerns with the buyer. While some would-be victims expressed worry that the communications network would have hacked into their computers and stolen sensitive information, the scam seems more likely to revolve around the $800 to $1,000 the original caller said would need to be wired to a Wells Fargo bank account to purchase the software.

As one trainer said, “That’s a lot of work for someone to steal $1,000.”

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Trainers’ Exam Prep Class at Remington Park still has Openings for Aug. 16-18 Course

Subject: Trainers’ Exam Prep class at Remington Park

When: August 16-18

Tuition: Early Registration by Aug 11, $299; After August 11th, $349.

Class size: Limited to 12

Information: www.groomelite.com; www.purplepowerracing.com

 

Trainers’ Exam Prep Class at Remington Park in Oklahoma City August 16-18 has 4 remaining spots as of August 6th. Class size is limited so each participant has a chance to participate and get his or her questions answered. This class focuses on the Rules of Racing with emphasis on rules from states represented. Discussion of rule variances from state to state is included.

 

Lenford Clarke, 2016 graduate of a Florida Trainers’ Exam Prep class recently visited Gulfstream Park’s winner’s circle with his first winner in July. Elizabeth Dobles, another recent Florida TExP graduate has multiple winners at Gulfstream Park in 2017.

 

A class may be scheduled in Kentucky later this fall, but no definite date has been announced. Those interested in taking a Trainers’ Licensing exam are encouraged to go to www.groomelite.com or www.purplepowerracing.com for more information and to register. Anyone without internet access may call 859-252-8648 (Race for Education) or Dr. “Mac” at 859-321-4377 and sign up over the phone.

 

 

The Elite Program, Inc. is a 501(C)3 non-profit that provides equine education classes through it’s Groom Elite™ curriculum. With its initial primary mission (in 2001) to provide education to grooms and hotwalkers or Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse Racehorses, Groom Elite continually adapts and updates it’s programming that now includes courses for grooms and owners of OTTB show horses and welcomes owners and grooms of any breed. One of it’s more noteable programs is its Second Chances Groom Elite curriculum taught in five adult correctional facilities in partnership with the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and it’s local affiliates in which participants learn life lessons while developing an employable skill working with retired racehorses.

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Trainers’ Exam Prep Class at Remington Park

Contact: C. Reid McLellan, PhD 859-321-4377
When: August 16-18
Tuition: Early Registration by Aug4 $299; After August 4th, $349.
Class size: Limited to 12

Information: www.groomelite.com; www.purplepowerracing.com

With the 2017 summer Trainers’ Exam Prep Class in Lexington, Kentucky June 28-30 selling out, seven participants have already signed up for one of 12 available spots in the August 16-18 Trainers’ Exam Prep class at Remington Park in Oklahoma City. Registration is open and interested participants are encouraged to sign up early to guarantee a spotin this class at www.groomelite.com or www.purplepowerracing.com.

Presented by Dr. C. Reid “Mac” McLellan, well known national instructor of Groom Elite classes around the country, the Trainers’ Exam Prep class is three days of concentrated study of the Rules of Racing with specific emphasis on day to day rules of which trainers must be aware. Day one is devoted to horse care and management plus other information included in the barn test portion of the National Trainers’ Exam. Days two and three focus on administrative rules that govern horse racing including Trainer Responsibility, Duties of Racing Officials, Responsibilities of Licensees, Jockeys & Jockey Agents, Medication, Claiming, Racetrack Protocol, Entering with Correct Weight and more.

Lenford Clarke, 2016 graduate of a Florida Trainers’ Exam Prep class recently visited Gulfstream Park’s winner’s circle with his first winner.

Those interested are encouraged to go to  www.groomelite.com or www.purplepowerracing.com for more information and to register. Anyone without internet access may call 859-252-8648 (Race for Education) or Dr. “Mac”at 859-321-4377 and sign up over the phone.

The Elite Program, Inc. is a 501(C)3 non-profit that provides equine education classes through it’s Groom Elite™ curriculum.  With its initial primary mission (in 2001) to provide education to grooms and hotwalkers or Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse Racehorses, Groom Elite continually adapts and updates it’s programming that now includes courses for grooms and owners of OTTB show horses and welcomes owners and grooms of any breed. One of it’s more noteable programs is its Second Chances Groom Elite curriculum taught in five adult correctional facilities in partnership with the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and it’s local affiliates in which participants learn life lessons while developing an employable skill working with retired racehorses.

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Registration is Open for Trainers’ Exam Prep Class at Remington Park

The Elite Program, Inc. will present their Trainers’ Exam Prep Class at Remington Park, Oklahoma City August 17-19. Registration is open and interested persons may register and guarantee a spot in that class at www.groomelite.com or www.purplepowerracing.com
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  • Focus on information important to both new and experienced trainers
  • Trainer’s Elite 301 prepares aspiring trainers for a state’s trainers licensing exam.
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  • Offered at times and locations convenient to trainers

 

Trainer Elite 301

 

Short Course on principles of training and rules of racing preparing students to take state trainers licensing exam. (State licensing exams administered by respective state and completion of this class does not guarantee licensing.) A complete list of topics is available from the left hand menu. Tuition: $250 (includes loose-leaf bound handout materials, refreshments and CD of materials).
For more information contact
C. Reid McLellan, PhD 859-321-4377

 

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Trainers Exam Prep Class to be Held at Remington Park

The Elite Program, Inc., home of the Groom Elite national groom certification program, is presenting C. Reid McLellan, PhD and his Trainers’ Exam Prep Class August 15-17 at Remington Park in Oklahoma City. McLellan, one of the original writers and national instructor of Groom Elite 101, the racing industry’s only national groom certification program, is a respected and engaging educator that has been teaching people about horses for over 40 years. McLellan, a participant on the Welfare and Safety of Racehorse Summit’s committee that wrote the current National Trainers Exam, founded an award winning BS degree Equine Program at Louisiana Tech University that was honored when one of its first graduates, Keith Desormeaux, saddled a classic winner in the 2016 Preakness. McLellan’s Trainers’ Exam Prep class is an intensive 20 plus hours of information about the Rules of Racing, including material covered on both the barn and written portions of a trainer’s licensing exam. In addition to individuals considering taking a racehorse trainer’s licensing exam to be licensed as either a trainer or assistant trainer, owners or horseplayers that want to know more about the Rules of Racing are encouraged to attend.

Rules of Racing differ from state to state and this class points out those important differences. Claiming rules are undergoing major changes in some jurisdictions. Drug rules and regulation uniformity is a goal of the racing industry, but it is important that trainers (and owners) understand the significant differences that still exist, even among major racing jurisdictions.

Registration fee after August 12th is $350 and includes a 110-page study guide, refreshments and lunch each day, a ROAP produced DvD “Duties of Racing Officials”, a CD with narrated power point study guides and a link to a private web page where attendees can take practice written tests. New to the 2016 class materials is a section of racehorse handling videos that reinforce the written materials. Participants that register by July 31 get to pay a special “Early Bird” registration fee of $299; those that register between August 1 and August 12 pay $329. Class size is limited to 12 so early registration is suggested.

For more information and to register for the August 15-17 Trainers’ Exam Prep Class in at Remington Park, go to www.purplepowerracing.com or call Dr. McLellan at 859-321-4377.

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