A Quick Update On The Horses
Well, our racehorses had a year that I’d consider “above average”. While we always have horses racing 52 weeks per year, the big stake season is July, August and September. We earn about 50% of our annual racing income during those 90 days. We didn’t have any world champions this year but they did pretty well overall and I was proud of them and their efforts.
Since September marks the end of the stake racing season, that means October 1st has arrived which is when we bring in our new youngsters to teach them all about racing and “leg them up” for next year’s big races.
We raised 5 babies that are now yearlings and I also bought 3 more at auction so we have 8 big hopefuls for next year. They’ve already had their harness on and been on the racetrack.
One that I purchased at auction is a World Champion bred horse and if he turns out anything like his older brother is, we will do very, very well. While the cash investment for him was more than some people pay for a house, that only makes our hopes higher! His name is Cordoba Hall so keep your fingers crossed for me and maybe next year you’ll see him on the big stage.
Amanda and I walked through the barn the other day and realized we now have 51 horses which is nearly the most we’ve ever owned. I was excited to see so many agents watching The Little Brown Jug this year and I hope to have a horse in that race over the next year or two, or ten, or twenty or sometime before I die.
It looks like we are going to end 2016 with around 900 starts and well over 100 wins so it’s been a lot of fun. Next year, most of our races will be concentrated all over Ohio, rather than 5 different states which will make travel much easier, allowing me to also facilitate my workaholic habits I exhibit in real estate.