‘It’s Been A Real Struggle’: Many Small Stables Fight To Keep Afloat In Industry

by | 07.10.2017 | 11:19am

Todd Pletcher. Bob Baffert. Steve Asmussen.

All have large training stables in the U.S., and their names are familiar to both casual and passionate racing fans.

Unlike those three men, most people have likely never heard of Anthony and Jennifer Saavedra, a married couple that have a small stable of 10 horses at Santa Anita.

In a recent column for Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, Daniel Ross profiles the Saavedras as they struggle to remain in business as the divide between small and large stables grows ever larger. The Saavedras, like many trainers with a small number of horses, are very much ‘hands-on', from hotwalking to exercising horses in order to try and keep costs down.

Anthony Saavedra told Thoroughbred Racing Commentary that he believes the industry is becoming more and more difficult for smaller operations to even keep afloat.

“It always has been tough,” he said. “But here, of late, it's been a real struggle.”

Read more in Thoroughbred Racing Commentary

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