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The Positive Impact of Breeder Awards

Thoroughbred breeders are the heart of the racing industry. They are a patient lot that enjoy the meticulous work of reviewing pedigrees, comparing race results, and the long hours working with horses. But theirs is a long game with high stakes. With a minimum of a four year window, and most often five, to bring a racehorse to the track, breeders are also among the industry’s most high rolling gamblers. A conservative analysis of the costs of breeding reveals that many thousands of dollars are invested in a broodmare to produce a single yearling: • Farrier = roughly $500/year • Broodmare Board = $12,000 - $21,600 ($500-$900/month for 2 years) • Vet for mare = $2,500 ($2,000/estrus cycle + $500 maintenance) • Stud Fee = $1,000 - $10,000 (and well beyond) • Board for foal = $6,000 - $10,800 ($500-$900 weaned at 5 months board 1 year) • Vet for yearling…

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