MyRacehorse Owners Seminar

May 25, 2019 – Santa Anita Race Track

The Speakers

Nick Hines

Gary Young

Megan Devine

Rick Hammerle

The Agenda

7:00AM-12:00PM (Baldwin Conference Room)
Day at the Races 100-1 Room (12:00 PM)

7:00 - 7:45 AM


7:45 - 8:00 AM

Opening Remarks from Michael Behrens, Founder and President of MyRacehorse

8:00 - 8:45 AM

Understanding the Condition Book “Fireside Chat” with Rick Hammerle, Former Racing Secretary and Nick Hines, TVG Personality and Head of Battle Born Racing.

One of the most common questions heard around the racetrack is “When is my horse running again?” The answer isn’t always as easy it seems. This discussion will help owners understand how and when races for their horses are put together, a conversation on the class pyramid and horse inventory (why some horses have more opportunities to run than others), and the challenges of the racing office including getting a race “to go”. Additionally, you’ll hear one of the critical components that trainers and owners have to consider when thinking of claiming or purchasing a horse via private sale. That is, what are the horses’ "conditions"? Which conditions are left? How lucrative are they? In this session we will hear from the owner perspective on what they look for and why it matters so much to the valuations they assign a horse.

8:45 - 9:20 AM

How to Read and Evaluate Pedigrees - Panel TBD

When investing in a racehorse, especially an un-raced horse, understanding pedigree is critical in understanding what type of horse you may have. What will be the preferred distance and surface? What could the horse potentially cost? Is there potential residual value? What percentage should one weigh on the stallion of the horse versus the dam’s side of the pedigree? This discussion will answer these questions while showing attendees how to read and evaluate pedigrees and find critical sources of information.

9:20 - 9:30 AM

Coffee Break

9:30AM - 10:15 AM

Bloodstock Discussion - Gary Young, Bloodstock Agent and Clocker

Pedigree is important, but it is only one factor bloodstock agents look for when purchasing a racehorse. This discussion will focus on the buying process, what they evaluate at both yearling and two-year old in training sales (utilizing breeze videos, gallop out times, etc.), physical examination, pedigree, talking with consignors, creating shortlists, and the bidding process (working with budgets, restraints/flexibility, etc.).

10:15AM - 10:45 AM

Thoroughbred After Care- Megan Devine, TVG and TAA

This discussion will focus on what happens after horses leave the race track. Representatives from retirement organizations will be present to discuss their programs including the Thoroughbred After Care Alliance and California Retirement Management Account (CARMA) and to answer questions.

10:45AM - 11:00 AM

Wrap up and prepare for backside visit

11:00AM - 12:00 PM

Hands on Conformation Clinic

Trip to the backside for a brief demonstration on evaluating the physical aspects of a racehorse including assessing conformation. This topic will bring to life many of the lessons that will be revealed in the bloodstock discussion.

12:00 PM

Enjoy the Races at the 100-1 Room

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