Q- Mike T asked, “Why are field sizes getting smaller?”
A- The answer to that is the number of foals born. There are big farms that have a lot of mares, and they take them to good sires, but it’s the small farm breeders that are going away. We need more of them. The foal count has been going down for more than 10 years. That’s the number one problem and it’s on the track’s shoulders to write up races that would fit more conditions to get larger fields. So, the bottom line is we need more breeders.
Q- Suzie G asked, “What is the hardest thing about being a Trainer?”
A- Suzie, great question. It’s a couple of things. First, finding or getting owners is the hardest part for sure; getting good horses which is very hard if you don’t have owners. There are owners that will take a chance with you, but you’ll need to be cheaper, have great communication and win races. Most of the time, new owners are impatient and get involved too much. I’ve tried to explain a lot of things to new owners and made sure that they understood that they will need patience.
To sum it up, find owners, make sure they’re patient and get good horses. As you can guess it’s not easy.
Q- Harold M asked, “Do you have a favorite track?”
A- Keeneland and Del Mar are my favorite tracks. Del Mar is where I was running horses when I was training. With that being said, I won at all the tracks in California, two of which are no longer operating. I’m most proud of the races that I won at Del Mar, Santa Anita and Hollywood Park (all major tracks but Hollywood Park is gone). I must say Saratoga is on my bucket list to check out.
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