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my name is Calvin L. Carter. Welcome to my debut blog for Horse Racing
Nation. I am the owner of Classic Champion Thoroughbreds, LLC, a bloodstock
consulting firm, and the creator of the Classic
Champion Thoroughbred Profile® which is a software analytical tool I use to
determine the classic potential of young Equine athletes.
software, developed by my brother, Dallas Carter, assigns each horse a
numerical profile score and a grade rating with an A+ being the highest. That
score and rating shows horse owners the potential of their Equine athlete. The higher the score and grade rating,
the more potential that horse has to become a quality, graded-stakes winner or,
perhaps, a classic champion.
recent Op/Ed for the Thoroughbred Daily News by turf writer Bill Finley is a
good illustration of how the Classic
Champion Thoroughbred Profile® can be an important analytical tool, and
alternative, for owners who struggle with the decision to the give the legal
drug Lasix to their Thoroughbred racehorses.
the Op/Ed, Finley shows the decision making that eventually led Dr. Russell Cohen, a veterinarian with
the NYRA tracks and an advocate of “hay, oats and water,” to give Lasix to his
homebred racehorse, Effinex. You can read about that here.
addition to giving Effinex Lasix, he also was transferred to the barn of
trainer Jimmy Jerkens and Cohen notes in the Op/Ed that the trainer change
could have been a contributing factor to his improved performance. Indeed, when
you look at the racing record of Effinex, there is a dramatic change in his
performance level when transferred to Jerkens.
to going to the Jerkens barn, Effinex was 2-0-1 in seven starts and, in five of
those races, Effinex ran without Lasix. Under the charge of Jerkens, Effinex
has compiled a 5-2-2 record in 13 starts, all with Lasix. He’s won the Clark Handicap (GI)
Suburban Handicap (G2), the Excelsior Stakes (G3), and he finished second to
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1).
Effinex has run in 20 races. In five of those races, he ran without Lasix and
earned $90,200. In the remaining 15 races, Effinex ran with Lasix and earned
why does a talented horse like Effinex, with over $2 million in earnings,
sometimes take a while to live up to his potential? The reasons for this are
varied and I think it is much more complex than the fact that he did not race
on Lasix in his first five races.
observation about the influence of the trainer change to Jerkens is an
important key and it highlights how the Classic
Champion Thoroughbred Profile® can be a powerful analytical tool for owners who
need to know how best to employ their racehorses, enabling them to reach their
research, which is documented in my numerous blogs and on my website,
shows that a majority of horses run close to their Classic Champion
Thoroughbred Profile® score which is a measurement of the breeding influences
found in the five-generation pedigree. If the horse is not running close to his
Classic Champion Thoroughbred Profile® score, then the issue[s] preventing him
from reaching his full potential needs to be investigated.
has a high Classic Champion Thoroughbred Profile® score and his grading scale
is an A+ rating. But, his first seven races were no indicator that Effinex
would develop into a top quality stakes horse. However, after being transferred
to Jerkens, it appears that Effinex is finally living up to the potential
reflected in his high profile score.
a horse is handled can prevent him from performing at his best. A trainer or jockey can upgrade or
downgrade the performance of a racehorse and for his first seven races, Effinex
raced for two low-profile trainers.
physical issue or impairment can also be a big problem preventing a horse from
running to his full potential and, in the case of Effinex, Cohen notes that he
suffered from shins early on, and his racing record shows that he did not start
until he was a three year old.
equipment can cause discomfort for a horse and it can also be an issue
preventing him from running his best race.
maybe a horse will run his best in minor stakes races or in sprints instead of
graded stakes and route races. The Classic Champion Thoroughbred Profile® shows which horses may have the
potential to be a top-quality stakes winner while a select few will have a
profile score that indicates they could be a winner of a classic race like the
us, a horse is a social creature and he needs a lot of interaction with other
horses in the pasture setting to be physically and mentally fit to perform at
fitness is vitally important for the Equine athlete and sometimes, despite
breeding, a horse does not have the behavior or mental aptitude to be a quality
racehorse. The lack of mental fitness is huge barrier preventing a horse from
living up to his full potential.
as you can see, there are many reasons why a horse may not run his best race.
The key for Thoroughbred owners to remember is that a horse with a high Classic
Champion Thoroughbred Profile® score has the potential to be a first-rate,
graded stakes winner or, perhaps, a classic champion.
the horse with a high Classic Champion Thoroughbred Profile® score is not
running close to his score, then the issue[s] preventing him from reaching his
full potential needs to be investigated.
time and patience in discovering why a horse is not racing his best and helping
him reach his full potential can be well worth the wait for the horse owner,