Read, read, read. Never stop learning about this business. It is
ever changing with new research from all fronts coming out daily.
The references below should help get you started.
Racing Publications, Trade
Journals, Online News
Recommended Web Sites
The items listed below are available
through Equine Research, Inc.
P.O. Box 535547, Grand Prairie, TX 75053 (800) 848-0225 in U.S. and Canada; (903)
894-9203 in other countries.
by Equine Research, Inc.
Lauded as the most definitive lameness book ever written and the easiest to understand.
Includes hundreds of photos, illustrations, X-rays, charts, diagrams and all the most
current data compiled by highly skilled veterinarians, as well as an excellent appendix,
glossary and index.
The Illustrated Veterinary Encyclopedia For Horsemen
by Equine Research,
Considered the best illustrated and easiest to understand reference on physical aspects,
problems and needs of the horse. Designed to help improve communication with your vet.
Veterinarian Treatments and Medications for Horsemen
by Equine Research,
A step-by-step guide for treating illness and injury and providing important routine
health management. Excellent in conjunction with The Illustrated Veterinary Encyclopedia
Complete Guide For Horse Business Success
by Janet English, C.P.A.
Invaluable business guide, regardless of level of experience. Covers everything from
successful business techniques to dealing with legal situations, liabilities
to depreciation and maximizing tax savings. Includes many sample contracts.
Performance Drugs In Sport by Philip Swann,
Highly acclaimed book that bridges the gap between scientists and the racing community.
Covers new drugs and explains all techniques and clearance times.
Equine Injury, Therapy & Rehabilitation
M.W. Bromily, MCSP, SRP, RPT.
The author, a Physiotherapist, explains anatomy linked to locations of injury and
describes the machines and therapy recommended for proper rehabilitation.
The Equine Legal Handbook by Gary Katz, Attorney
A comprehensive collection of ready-to-use legal documents most frequently needed by horse
Principles of Horseshoeing II by Doug Butler, PhD.
Popular book on horseshoeing. Completely covers all important information for
vets, trainers and owners.
Practical Tax Guide For The Horse Owner
by Dr. John Talbot & Russell
Written by two tax experts with strong interest in the horse business who teach tax and
accounting at the university level.
Brought to you by the
Consignors and Breeders Association, these three publications explain issues commonly
encountered in purchasing horses at sales and can also be applied to private purchases. PDF
versions of the well written and simply explained publications can be accessed by clicking
these links. If you would like a bound copy of the publications mailed to you please visit the
Vet Work Plain and Simple - Scoping
Vet Work Plain and Simple - OCDs
Buying Sales Yearlings Plain and
Russell Meerdink Co., Ltd., carries about every book about horses ever
published. Some samples are listed below. 1555 South Park Ave., Neenah, WI 54956.
Traits of a Winner
by Carl A. Nafzger
Fascinating book written by Eclipse-award winning Thoroughbred trainer about the formula
for developing Thoroughbred racehorses. A book for owners who want to learn more about
managing their Thoroughbred investments and for young trainers on their way up. Guides you
through the steps involved in owning and racing Thoroughbreds, beginning with making a
wise purchase and ending with your racing prospect going to the trainer on the track. Full
of inside looks at the backside of the race track, the trainer/jockey relationship, daily
stable routines, claiming races, assistant trainers, exercise riders, grooms, allowance
and stakes races, all that's involved with entering a race, veterinary work, drug testing,
shipping, equipment, etc.
Complete Guide To Claiming Thoroughbreds by
Outlines strategies for identifying horses to claim and methods to quickly improve the
performance of most claiming horses.
Ainslie's Complete Guide To Thoroughbred Racing
by Tom Ainslie
A comprehensive and frequently updated guide to the sport. Particularly good for
Equine (Blood-Horse Publications) publishes books, videos and more.
Their titles are too numerous to list. I would particularly recommend their
"Understanding..." series of books.
New Thoroughbred Owner's Handbook
edited by Laura Proctor.
TOBA liked the California
version (see next book below) of their Owner's Handbook so much that they made a
deal with TOC to rewrite
it as a national publication. Highly recommended for any owners just getting
into the business and existing owners can pick up a thing or two as well.
Although the Owners Handbook listed below was written
for owners racing in California, its core information is valuable to any owner
and I would highly recommend it to anyone. Thoroughbred
Owners of California,
285 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia, CA 91007, (800) 994-9909; (626) 574-6620 (Santa Anita); (310) 330-7142 (Hollywood Park);
794-1018 (Del Mar)
Handbook For Thoroughbred Owners of California
by Paula Deats and Alan
Must reading for anyone contemplating Thoroughbred ownership in California or elsewhere
and an important resource for the experienced owner. Views racing solely from the owners'
perspective. Includes invaluable insights and advice about acquiring a Thoroughbred,
licensing, trainers, the IRS, operating costs, insurance, jockeys, silks, shipping,
stewards, protests, grievances and Officials' lists, entering in races, farms, the
backside, etc. A "no-holds barred" examination of the "unparalled joys as
well as the hazards" of racehorse ownership.
California Trainers Directory
Regularly updated listing of licensed California trainers for current and prospective
owners and how to contact them.
The following are published by and are
available through The Jockey Club,
821 Corporate Dr., Lexington, KY 40503, (859) 224-2700; fax (859) 224-2710.
An annual compilation of Thoroughbred names presently in use. Designed to assist owners
and breeders in selecting appropriate names for their Thoroughbreds. (Also available
on-line once you register as a user of the foal registration section of the
Jockey Club web site.)
International Cataloguing Standards Book (annual)
Contains information important to Thoroughbred breeders, sellers and buyers, including a
full listing of Group/Graded or listed stakes races of each year as they will appear in
sales catalogues. Published by the world's major international auction houses under the
auspices of Society of International Thoroughbred Auctioneers (SITA) and in accordance
with rules of International Cataloguing Standards Committee (ICSC).
Additional references available
through The Jockey Club and
its web site include:
identify a Thoroughbred; How to claim a name for your Thoroughbred; The Jockey Club fee schedule; Reports of the number of
mares bred to individual stallions; Annual foal crop information; and much more.
Additional reference materials available
through Thoroughbred Owners and
Breeders Association (TOBA) web site include:
Horse Ownership: This extremely useful section contains information on
how to buy your first racehorse:
Step 1 "Pre-Investment Topics";
Step 2 "Prepare a
Business Plan"; Step 3 "Selecting Agents, Trainers & Professionals"; Step 4 "Purchase Options";
Step 5 "Maximize and
Enjoy Your Investment"; and "Educational Programs."
An index of
state organizations, foal crops, etc., guides to breeders' awards program,
medication rules and pari-mutuel handle, tax & takeout stats.
More on ownership and the
thoroughbred business try the
American Horse Council, the horse owner's
voice in Washington, has numerous publications. They may be contacted at 1700 K Street, NW Suite 300,
Washington, DC 20006, (202) 296-4031, fax (202) 296-1970. Two of the best
are listed below.
2000 Horse Owners
and Breeders Tax Handbook
This 1000-page book explains the Internal Revenue Code as it pertains to the
U.S. horse industry. No one commercially involved with the horse industry should
be without it. Topics covered in the Handbook include;Business versus
hobby-including summaries of important court decisions; Forms of doing business;
Sales, exchanges and involuntary conversions; Tax planning; Depreciation; Record
keeping and accounting rules; and much more! Free with certain levels of
membership or available for $64.50 (inc. shipping and handling).
Tax Tips for Horse Owners
This 18-page booklet includes, in outline form, the major tax issues affecting
those involved with horses as a business. Free with certain levels of membership
or available for $10 per copy.
Indispensable computerized stats and pedigrees that are "pay per
report" are available from the services listed below. Both offer the same
basic reports at basically identical prices.
Research Information Services (BRIS) Besides their pedigree reports they
also offer very good handicapping reports. Free daily industry
news and stallion register account holders.
Line (a division of The Jockey Club) Reports for foreign horses may be more
complete than those from BRIS.
The California Horse Racing Board
provides a complete
listing of California rules and regulations as well as general licensing information.
Every state will have a similar organization.
Racing Publications, Trade
Journals, Online News
American Turf Monthly
Features and archives from past issues, along with subscription information.
Excellent weekly journal with regular updates on their web site. Published by
A monthly publication of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association which includes
news, features, historical articles, listings of various equine services and stakes
results. Primarily oriented towards California breeders, California-based stallion owners
and owners of "Cal-bred" racehorses. To obtain a subscription, call (818)
445-7800, or from California (800) 254-6622.
Daily Bloodstock Journal and Handicapper's Edge
Free daily. Produced by Bloodstock Research Information Systems. Online news source for
Thoroughbred owners and breeders and online daily racing newsletter for horseplayers.
Times Daily News
Free. Daily industry news, updated throughout the day, brought to you by The Thoroughbred
Daily Racing Form
The "bible" of serious horseplayers and all those involved in the industry.
Their online service has many innovations including the new "StableMail" which
will notify readers via email when a specific horse is going to run as soon as that horse
is entered to race. Daily news updates.
A monthly racing/breeding journal. Subscription information and some archived articles.
The T.I.A. Newsletter
A monthly newsletter published by California's Thoroughbred Information Agency. Provides
commentary and news items relating to the California Thoroughbred industry. Available by
writing P.O. Box 751090, Petaluma, CA 94975 or by calling (800) 221-6629.
The Thoroughbred Times
Another excellent weekly journal. Its Thoroughbred Times Connection is one of the best
horse racing source guides on the net.
performance figures for horses, trainers and sires in a graph format. Helpful for horsemen
and handicappers in analyzing ability and form cycles.
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