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US Expert Backs Waterhouse Against "Ill-Informed" 2YO Critics

Wednesday, 21st April 2010

Following leading trainer Gai Waterhouse's headline-hogging declaration that the RSPCA's criticisms of 2YO racing (during last week's Asian Racing Conference) are "balderdash", it is worth noting a previous scientific research paper produced on the subject by US Jockey Club Safety Committee member & leading Kentucky veterinarian Dr Larry Bramlage. In that study (based on examination of data over 25 years from 1975-2000), Bramlage refuted the "commonly expressed opinion that the training & racing of 2YOs is predisposing these horses to accelerated rates of injury & prematurely shortened careers". In fact Bramlage's study highlighted the opposite effect, reporting "horses that began racing as 2YOs are much more successful, have longer careers & show less predisposition to injury than horses that did not begin racing until their 3YO career". Why? Because the data "strongly supported the physiologic premise that it is easier for a horse to adapt to training when training begins at the end of skeletal growth. Initiation of training at the end of growth takes advantage of the established blood supply & cell populations that are then converted from growth to the adaptation to training. It is much more difficult for a horse to adapt to training after the musculoskeletal system is allowed to atrophy at the end of growth because the bone formation support system that is still present in the adolescent horse must be recreated in the skeletally mature horse that initiates training." (To read Dr Bramlage's full report "The Racing Of 2YOs", click on the link in The Great Debate panel on the right-hand-side of this page.) 

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