Horse Racing/Workouts

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Ed,
Am amongst many, I'm sure, who are trying to incorporate workouts into the analysis of a horse's predictability for an upcoming race.
I have many questions regarding workouts but, in your opinion:
1) If the last race is a Turf and today is a Turf, does the most current workout on dirt render the horse questionable or do I leave it up to the trainer and regard it as sharpening?
2) Do I give more emphasis on a 'Handily' over 'Breezing' in the last workout prior to today's race?
3) How many days prior to today's race to I regard a workout as the most effective?
4) How can I compare today's distance with recent workout distances so as to feel comfortable the horse is in condition?

I have many more questions and would love to pick your brain.  Analyzing the trainer's mind regarding workouts is quite the chore.

Thanks for your time,
Jim

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HI   I WOULD THINK THAT THE WORKOUT IS FOR SHARPENING UP THE HORSE FOR THE RACE. SOME TRAINERS DO LIKE TO SEE A GOOD BREEZE  WHICH WOULD BE HANDILY, BUT OTHER TRAINERS JUST WANT TO SEE A WORK TO MKAE SURE THE HORSE IS UP TO PAR.  I HAD A BIG STUD HORSE THAT I WOULD WORK 6 FURLONGS 2 DAYS BEFORE HE RAN BECAUSE HE WAS A BIG STIFF GOING HORSE AND HAD TO BE SHARP IN ORDER TO RUN HIS BEST RACE.  USUALLY A TRAINER WILL WORK THE HORSE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE DISTANCE HE IS RUNNING.  THANKS   ED HESS

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Have trained thoroughbreds for 30 odd years. Have been a licensed trainer for that long of time. I continue to train my race horses and thoroughly enjoy every day.

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Experience: Licensed trainer for over 30 yrs. Have had lots of winners in all different types of races - from bottom claimers to top quality stakes winners. My best money winner was Aristocratic Cross (multiple stakes winner). My best claiming horse was Navajo Family, winner of 12 races in one year. I still enjoy racing a modest stable of horses each year.

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