It is not too far-fetched to think that horses are very much like people in so many ways. There are nice ones and not so nice ones. We have lazy ones and hard workers. What is virtually the same for both is that the more time you have to mature and develop, the greater the chances you will improve at whatever it is you have dedicated yourself to. Horses are no different.
Jump Horses Tend to Have Longer Careers
This is why jump racing plays the right notes with so many horse people. While many horses on the flat track come to retirement before a person would be of age to go to school, there are active jump horses who are nearly old enough to drive. OK, so that is an exaggeration but racing will have horses running and productive well into their teens.
“California Chrome is a prime example of horses improving with age,”
stated Kevin Tobin, Business Development Director. “He was a decent 3-year-old, an ok 4-year-old and a monster at 5. By accident or design, he was given enough time and he duly rewarded his connections with a Horse of the Year crown and the title of the richest horse ever to run on American soil.”
Now, make no mistake, waiting for a horse to get older does not always mean that he or she gets better, but it’s not a bad place to start. Jump racing strongly supports this theory. The youngest horse that will run at the Queens Cup will be nearly 4 ½ years old and he or she will only be getting started in their jump racing career. The oldest participant may very well be 10 or more. It then becomes a wonderful life for that horse, living in paradise and doing what they were put on this earth to do, run and jump.
Come see these superstars, young and old, the last Saturday of Every April. It’s the #greatestshowonturf.