After drastically reducing our racing and breeding industry footprint in Minnesota, I was asked why. Simply put, the most recent year on public record indicates that Minnesota breeding and racing “owner” results were the worst in the last 4 years recorded years.
In the most recent recorded year, Minnesota experienced the lowest available purse total, the lowest average Minnesota bred horse earnings, the lowest available purse earnings per race, the lowest number of state standing stallions (breeding), the lowest number of mares bred (breeding), the lowest state foaled numbers AND the highest veterinary reported equine injury and fatality rate, in the last four recorded years. (Public sources available to anyone: 2018 Jockey Club State Fact Book and 2017 MN Veterinary Report.)
Will things be better in Minnesota considering recently announced purse and race changes? The answer is yes, but to those who allowed Minnesota to shrink to the extent that the only way to look is up, you have proven to many that other environments where owners are better represented and not taken advantage of are more much deserving of their time and investment.
Sorry to say that meaningful facts, not selected propaganda, will always eventually win out and affect behavior.
Dave Astar is a race horse owner, stallion owner, breeder, 40 year business executive, and 50 year handicapper.