Information about Thoroughbred Racing

What are those numbers on my OTTB's pedigree?  Not the obvious number of races run and money earned (if s/he was lucky enough to be "in the money"), but things like "Dosage Index" "Center of Distribution" etc.  In a nutshell, it's basically a mathematical formula that predicts how well-suited a particular horse is to short vs. long distance races (i.e., a sprinter vs a longer distance horse) Here are some links to very good tutorials on those subjects: Clicking on a link will open a new window.

Explanation of Dosage, Brisnet.com (Bloodstock Research Information Services, Inc.) - includes a list of sires that are considered "Chefs de Race" which will add points to a horse's score.

Dosage in a Nutshell, Teamvalor.com

Beyer Numbers, Daily Racing Form - these would be listed next to a horse's name in the racing form and are meant to be a tool for bettors to determine a horse's potential in a given race. The higher the number the better the horse in terms of race class and earnings potential at a given distance and track.

What is an "Allowance" race vs. a Claiming or stakes?  What does it mean to be a "Graded Stakes" horse?

Understanding the Types and Classes of Horse Races, About.com Horse Racing

An Explanation of the Graded Stakes Process, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association

Graded Stakes Races (US), Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association

You know you have a Thoroughbred that raced, but you have no idea who s/he might be?  There is help available! And, even better - that help is FREE.  The Jockey Club Information Services offers a tool that can help you to identify your horse based on his or her tattoo.  You do need some basic information such as color, sex, markings and some of the letters to use the online tool. If the tattoo is completely illegible, you can take photos of your horse, including photos of the tattoo and good clear photos of distinguishing markings/whorls and send it to the Jockey Club for help.  You can watch a video and find out more about the fine art of reading tattoos on the link below:

Tattoo Lookup and Research, The Jockey Club Registry

If you do know your horse's registered Jockey Club name, you can look up your horse's official race record (including charts and videos if the racing was recent, though you do have to pay for the videos) at Equibase.com - this is a free service and it is accurate.  You can also look up a full official pedigree at equineline.com for free.  Equineline is part of the Jockey Club Information System, so you can be certain it is accurate. There are other pedigree sites out there, but they can be edited by anyone and are sometimes incorrect.

A good article, written by Heather Benson, about ways to look up racing history of your horse - lots of good links and advice in this article: Who Was Your OTTB in a Past Life, HorseNation.com

How To Use RRTP

Brag About Your TB

Bloodline Brag

This is our wikipedia of Thoroughbreds in second careers. Enter your current and past Thoroughbreds with sire and dam. We will link the full pedigree. Include ratings and commentary on suitability and success in various disciplines. It takes a few minutes per horse, but allows breeders and buyers to make informed decisions in the future... Read More

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Market Your TB

Free Listing

Present your horse here with photos, video, description, and price. We will post him on the RRTP Facebook page as well. You will need to create an account to post your listing... Read More

Trainer Directory

If training would increase marketability of your horse, consider a professional trainer from among the hundreds listed here, including rates, credentials, and facilities in your area... Read More

Sources For Horses

See if one of the nonprofit placement organizations in this database will take your horse in and offer you a tax write-off. Or contact one of the farms that sells on consignment... Read More

Find Your Next TB

Horse Listings:

Search by state, sire, price, or whatever you like. Each listing includes a map of location and direct contact information. Let us know when your new horse arrives...Read More

Sources For Horses:

Organizations and farms in your area where you can see multiple horses and get some good advice from people in this business...Read More

Bloodline Brag:

Search for the relatives of horses you are considering, and see what their owners say about them in second careers...Read More

Succeed With Your TB

Trainer Directory

Hundreds of professional sport horse trainers who love OTTBs are listed here and can help you with lessons or take your horse in for some education... Read More

Educational Resources

Scroll through this list of articles, videos and web sites that offer tips on training and care of your OTTB... Read More

Events

Expos, symposia, Thoroughbreds For All! Each one includes sessions on training and care. Look for one near you, or let us know you'd like to organize one...Read More

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