Thursday, January 3, 2013

Margaux Farm offering free seminar at Keeneland, 3 to 5 p.m. Sat., on how Thoroughbreds develop

Margaux Farm of Midway will host a free seminar at Keeneland Race Course Saturday, Jan. 5, for horse owners to explain the development of a Thoroughbred from weaning through pre-race training. "Developing a Racehorse,Weaning to Winning" will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Keeneland sales pavilion. "We want to help owners, particularly those new to racing, understand everything that goes into making it to the winners circle," Margaux manager Michael Hardy told The Blood-Horse.

Margaux managing partner Steve Johnson told the magazine, "Many horses do not make it to the starting gate for a variety of reasons, some mental, some physical. The discussion will focus on the steps that a horse must go through to prevent these mental and physical issues from developing, and to help an owner manage their racehorses in the best way possible. Common problems such as refusal to load onto the trailer or into the starting gate can, with good management, be prevented."

The meeting will include a discussion with a panel of experts moderated by Edd Roggenkamp, an owner, breeder and trainer. The panelists will be stakes-winning trainers Kellyn Gorder, Alex Clarkson, and Wayne Mackey; Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron; and veterinary surgeon  Dwayne Rodgerson of the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute.

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