Finding a racehorse that makes money is a challenge. By our calculations, only 8% of all the runners in North America in 2013 earned $53,500 or more ($53,492, to be precise). Recent studies show that it takes about $50,000, if not more, to have a horse in training at the major tracks for a year. So we have a rule of thumb, which is that a horse has to qualify as an ABC Runner– to be among the top 8% of runners–in order to for us to call it a Abreak-even or [email protected] racehorse. Of course, if they do achieve “break-even or better” status, the sky’s the limit. But even once you get one in training, the odds are roughly 11 to 1 that, in any given year, it will become an ABC Runner.
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