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Starting Two-Year-Old Racehorses with Reade Baker

Trainer Reade Baker says the key to training two-year-old Thoroughbred racehorses is to be slow and cautious so you build a great foundation.

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By: Jennifer Morrison |

The key to training two-year-old Thoroughbred racehorses is to be slow and cautious so you build a great foundation, but I’m also an advocate for consistent training. I don’t believe in giving two-year-olds a break over the winter because that is essentially stopping their development. Days when they are being turned out after being broken are days you are missing helping them learn and strengthen. Nearly all of my two-year-olds were sent to a training facility in Kentucky to winter. I would also send yearlings-turning-two down there for the winter after being purchased or by October. At that point they are broken to ride and then they will begin galloping in company with one or two other horses. They could be galloping for five or six months before they even get to the racetrack. The two-year-olds should come to the track when they were ready to work three furlongs –…

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