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Training to Win with Reade Baker: Coming Back from Winter Break

A training schedule to bring a horse back to racing fitness will differ depending on how long the horse has been idle. For fitness sake, I’ll divide the horses coming back to the track into two groups: those who have raced as recently as October of the previous year, and those who have not raced since the summer. Horses who raced in late fall are a bit easier to get racing fit. They reached a fitness level to race last fall that has not completely disappeared come February. Patience plays a bigger role when you are preparing a horse for racing that has been off the track for more than seven months or has never raced. Many will start training about 50 days before the start of the racing season. Some Canadian farms have a training centre that will put in about 30 days of ‘legging up’ into your horse…

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