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US Horses 42% Less Starts Than In 1970s

Thursday, 24th July 2008

In the US, a major study by The Blood-Horse magazine revealed the average number of starts-per-foal fell from 20.42 in the 1970s, to 17.84 in the 1980s, to 16.89 in the 1990s & so far this decade (crops from 2000-03) is registering 13.15. Similarly starts-per-starter "has seen a similar decline" from 29.03 in the 1970s to 16.72 today" (a 42% decline overall). What makes these numbers "more disturbing is that during the same period, the percentage of starters-from-foals has increased: so more horses are getting to the track & starting, but they are making fewer starts". (To read what US experts Bobby Trussell, Rob Whiteley, Duncan Taylor, Rob Keck, Mike Pons & Arthur Hancock III said about the trends in the study, click on the link in The Great Debate panel on the right-hand side of this page.)

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