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Ask the Trainer – Reade Baker

CT: The evaluation of a racehorse can begin early in a horse's life, in particular at a sale of yearlings or two-year-olds. You have had great success purchasing bargain horses that become big moneywinners, what are your criteria when you go to a sale? RB: Conformation is number one. In a lot of cases at a sale, the owners I train for give me a list of horses to look at. I want an overall, pleasing look of a horse; I won't discount a horse on one minor issue, say, like a club foot on a hind leg. I am looking for a horse that walks well, no swinging legs but a long and easy stride like a country boy coming home from school. He's eager but taking long, efficient, smooth strides. Number two is the veterinarian check-up before I buy a horse, in particular the throat scope. I want…

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