In a sur­vey of cham­pi­ons from 1935 to the present that in­cluded horses who were raced at 2, 3, 4 or older, 80 per­cent of the an­i­mals showed greater speed (miles per hour) av­er­aged per race than they had as 2-year-olds.

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per race than they had as 2-year-olds. This high­lights the busi­ness side of the track---hand­i­cap­pers and bet­tors are not par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in speed. In­stead, they are in­ter­ested merely in con­test---in de­ter­min­ing who comes in a nose or a neck in front of the other horse. This was the only way to iden­tify the best horse in Charles II’s time, in the 17th cen­tury when Thor­ough­bred rac­ing first be­gan, an era when ac­cu­rate tim­ing de­vices did not ex­ist. It is not the best way now!

Over the years I have shocked many an au­di­ence filled with own­ers of Thor­ough­bred race­horses by in­form­ing them that a 2-year-old horse is not only not phys­i­cally ma­ture, it is four years away from ma­tu­rity. This re­lates not

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