Ask Charles

Ask Charles 9-9-2022

Charles Trent

Q- Tim G asked, “When you handicap the races, what do you look for?”

A– Well Tim a lot of things…. like is the horse dropping in class? I believe this is a huge when it comes to picking winners. Have they run at this distance before? How many days has it been since their last race? Are they a speed horse, a closer or a pace horse? How fast can they go either on the front or coming from the back? Trainer and rider does matter but everything above comes first. Workouts don’t mean much to me as long as they are consistent. And remember on workouts it’s how they do it not how fast.

Q- Kyle N asked. “Is it hard to claim a horse and what do you look for?”

A– Kyle it’s not hard but you need to have things in place. First your license as an owner. Then, the most important thing, a trainer. Plus, the trainer will have some insights horses to claim. I look for a horse that has some conditions left which means levels of races from non-winner conditions to state conditions.

I love horses with speed and hopefully speed to take a distance of ground. A horse that has heart which is most likely the hardest thing to find. Nowadays, you must look at videos as they tell all. I wouldn’t claim a horse older than 6 years old. And I wouldn’t claim a horse that’s dropping two class levels or more…. we trainers call that a fire sale. If you need help send me an email to

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

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