Q– Mike K asked, “are there jockeys that you bet on and the same for trainers?”
A– I usually don’t when it comes to jockeys because there are many good jockeys at every track and most of them just don’t get the opportunity to ride for a big barn. Just look at this year’s Kentucky Derby winner, he outperformed some of the top jockeys. I do have my personal favorite jockeys but if they aren’t riding on what I think is the best horse, I bet on who I think is the best horse.
When it comes to trainers, it does make a difference. You need to know who trains to win first time out and who is preparing for a race later when it comes to young horses. And who is good for speed, turf, come from behind and even older horses. There are some great small barn trainers at every track. The best way to figure this out is to follow the track or tracks that you are betting on and look at results of every race and go back and see what you missed. With these types of notes, you can narrow it down to what trainer does what.
Q– Justin T asked, “as a trainer if you have a speed horse in a race full of speed what do you tell the jockey to do?”
A– First, it depends on the distance. If it’s 6 furlongs or shorter, I tell the jock to go for it. If it’s 6.5 furlongs to 7.5 furlongs, I would tell them to break well and keep the horse in striking distance (1 or 2 back) and try to take it on the top of the stretch. Anything a mile or over, I would go to the front and hope my horse has the best endurance of the speed horses. To get a horse ready it takes a lot of long gallops between works. Some trainers are better than others with this procedure.
About Charles Trent
Charles Trent started going to the races when he was 10 years old and bought his first racehorse when he was 18 years old. He’s been involved in the sport of Kings since. Charles understands both the gambling and training part of the sport.
He has owned horses on and off since 1985, trained horses from 1999 to 2008 and every horse that he purchased as a trainer got to the winner circle. Charles worked with top trainers and jockeys as an owner along with many great grooms, jockeys, jockey agents and even racing office personal as a trainer. Now, Charles is a Bloodstock Agent helping people start their journey in this Great Sport.
Charles will take your questions taking questions about horseracing from buying horses for racing to pinhooking, breeding, the ins and outs of the backside from a trainer’s point of view and even about gambling.
Send Charles Trent, Bloodstock Agent and Racing Manager of Big Casino Racing, your questions to Bigcasinoracing@gmail.com