Dr. C. Reid “Mac” McLellan will conduct his 3-day Trainers Exam Prep Class at Keeneland Racecourse, November 16-18 the final Thursday-Saturday of the Keeneland 2017 Fall Breeding Stock Sale. Tuition is $349 with a special Early Bird rate of $299 if paid by November 6. Enrollment is limited to 12 participants, so early registration is encouraged. (The June 2017 class at Keeneland “sold out”.)
Trainers' Exam Prep Class is a discussion of the Rules of Racing covered on the National Racehorse Trainers' Exam including information covered in barn and veterinary tests in addition to the comprehensive stewards written trainers' exam. This class is open to anyone that wants to better understand the rules of racing, whether they plan to take the trainers' exam or not.
With rules varying from state to state, this class includes those variances specifically among the states represented, and generally in all states in which participants might choose to race. For example, if a horse has not raced or worked in 33 days is it eligible to start in a race? Correct answer is “no” in some states and “yes” in others.
Handicappers and “horseplayers” have taken this class. An anonymous player (“don't want to give my “edge” to my competitors”) said, “this class clarified for me that some decisions made by trainers and/or racetracks are because of the rules of racing and not just to make it more difficult for me to pick a winner”.
Owners take this class to facilitate communication with their trainer(s). In the past trainers have been reluctant to owners having a condition book. But now with easy access to condition books for anyone with a computer or smartphone, owners understanding how to understand a condition book can communicate more effectively with their trainers (and vice versa).
Also those interested in being licensed as a racehorse trainer (or assistant trainer) this course provides a complete study guide, an online practice test and phone support subsequent to taking this class prior to taking a trainers' exam. One early attendee had failed a trainers' exam twice before passing after taking this class. “Dr. Mac helped me to focus on what was important. His “step-by-step” approach to putting the correct entry weight on a horse when entering was worth the price of admission”.
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