According to an in-depth report by The Blood-Horse, the modern era of “super trainers” has made it tougher for new or mid-sized operations to compete.
The report indicates “super trainers” (defined as those with more than 400 starts in a given season) won almost a third of total available purses in the United States last year, and 55 percent of graded stakes races.
Complicating the issue is a reduction in the number of single-owner operations. New ownership entities are more often groups, which multiplies the number of people a trainer must coordinate with or meet to get the horse. Other groups are focused on winning classic races and therefore more likely to send a horse to a trainer with a proven track record at that level.
Read more at The Blood-Horse
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