When Should Thoroughbreds Start Racing?
Q. I know it’s common practice to start Thoroughbreds racing at 2. But Justify didn’t make his first start until he was 3 and won the Triple Crown. Does this mean we shouldn’t start racing horses until they’re older?
—Tina, via e-mail
A. There are many factors which influence when a horse is started in training. These include date of birth, degree of skeletal maturity, athletic ability, as well as the preferences of the owner or trainer
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