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« on: January 09, 2017, 04:04:30 PM »

I'm curious how people handle their new 2 year olds of the year. I typically ship the most mature in March and train until they can race in April, but I saw someone mention they've already started sending their more mature 2yo's for training. Does anyone see any improvement between training for 3 months vs. one? Any other strategies? Mostly just curious, as I find 2yo's to be the most fickle bunch to work with.  ;)
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« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2017, 07:17:22 PM »

I train through January and pick jockeys, then board all of February, then train again through March.  In previous years, it has worked out relatively well.  Last year, no one wanted to run.
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« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2017, 07:31:41 PM »

I wait till they reach their minimum height and birthday...
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« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2017, 07:47:17 PM »

Height does play into my plans, as does whether they are likely to be jumpers.  14.2h is the minimum height I'll ship and start training.  14.3h I'll race.  If they're bred to jump, they tend to stay home until November of their 2yo season. I do have a couple sub-14h late-spring/early-summer babies who are still hanging out at the farm.
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« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2017, 08:22:05 PM »

I tend to start with the ''early birthdays'' - Jan-Apr- doing some light training in late Feb/early March, provided they're at or close to their expected height range. It tends to be really light training to avoid injury. I'm quite lenient with my 2yos - if they don't show much in their first two or three runs, they get to go home and relax.
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« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2017, 12:57:49 PM »

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I wait till they reach their minimum height and birthday...
I do before they race but I start training once they are and inch short of minimum height. I keep training very light until the last part of the year when they are more mature.
If they don't do well on their first couple of outings they come back home for a long rest and try again in the autumn. If parents are late maturers I may wait till the following year. 2yo results  always seem rather erratic to me :D
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« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2017, 05:45:41 PM »

I still have four unraced and untrained 3yo's because I'm waiting till they reach their minimum height ;) however, I have sent one 2yo to the track already this year.
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« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2017, 05:27:48 PM »

Thanks everyone! It's interesting to see how everyone approaches their 2yo's. I've decided to start training those who are at their minimum height or greater, and born last Jan/Feb. Of course one goes and bows a tendon on a 1/2 mile walk first time out so she'll be a fall started, haha.
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