Effects of yearling sale purchase price, exercise history, lameness, and athletic performance on purchase price of thoroughbreds at 2-year-old in-training sales

Stephanie A. Preston, Murray P. Brown, Terese L. Chmielewski, Troy N. Trumble, Dana N. Zimmel, Jorge A. Hernandez

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Abstract

Objective-To determine the effects of yearling sale purchase price, exercise history, lameness, and athletic performance (speed) on purchase price of 2-year-old in-training Thoroughbreds and to compare the distance exercised within 60 days prior to 2-year-old in-training sales between horses with high yearling sale purchase prices versus those with low yearling sale purchase prices and between horses with lameness during training and those without lameness during training. Design-Prospective study. Animals-51 Thoroughbreds. Procedures-Thoroughbreds purchased at a yearling sale were trained prior to resale at 2-year-old in-training sales. Amount of exercise and lameness status during training and speed of horses at 2-year-old in-training sales were determined. Data were analyzed via the Wilcoxon rank sum test and ANOVA. Results-Median purchase price of horses at 2-year-old in-training sales was $37,000. The 2-year-old in-training sale purchase price was associated with yearling sale purchase price and distance galloped within 60 days prior to and speed recorded at 2-year-old in-training sales. Conclusions and Clinical Relevance-Horses with high yearling sale purchase prices typically had high 2-year-old in-training sale purchase prices, had low distances galloped within 60 days prior to 2-year-old in-training sales, and were classified as fast at 2-year-old in-training sales. Lameness alone was not associated with 2-year-old in-training sales purchase price. However, lameness was associated with a low distance galloped before 2-year-old in-training sales, particularly for horses with a high yearling sale purchase price; this finding suggested that yearling sale purchase price can affect training management decisions for horses with lameness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1499-1503
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Volume241
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012

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