With the annual Minnesota Thoroughbred yearling auction approaching I am starting to receive some related questions that folks have asked elsewhere, but no one seems to have meaningful answers to. One young new owner asked about racing career length and if there was any difference between buying a filly versus a colt or gelding. As always, here’s the truth based upon credible data studies.
As demonstrated in the included chart, racing careers vary. Many people are surprised at just how short they are since the average racing career is only 2.47 years. What’s interesting is that colts and geldings average 2.69 years while fillies only average 2.24 years. This 20% difference in racing career length contributes to an even more startling average earnings difference. Colts and geldings have average career earnings which are 45.3% higher than fillies! That’s one of the reasons males bring more at auctions frequented by astute buyers.
It continues to amaze me at how poorly understood opinionated information is related to new owners in this game. I hope this actual data helps answer these questions in a way folks can use it to effectively consider their options.
Dave Astar is a race horse owner, stallion owner, breeder, 40 year business executive, and 50 year handicapper.