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hello. I want to become a thoroughbred racehorse trainer in your country. Since I am an Indian and non-citizen of US, do I have that chance? If yes, suggest me the right track to start my career.

Doesn't India have a horse racing industry? One of earliest books I read on breeding thoroughbreds was written by an Indian and discussed horses that had raced in India. The key is going to be learning the needed skills and building credibility within the industry. You can do this in any country that has racing. Become the best in your own country, or in Australia, or New Zealand, and you will get the opportunity to work in the U.S. Start by getting a job in a stable as a hotwalker or a groom. If they like you, let them know you'd like to be a trainer and some day you'll get to be an assistant trainer. But you'll need to learn all there is about the physique and biology of the horses as well as training techniques. Like most good jobs, you need to start at the bottom, gain experience, and study hard. When you're ready to become a trainer, you'll have to be able to network with the kinds of people that own racehorses. Many top trainers in the U.S. came up this way and others (like Bob Baffert and D. Wayne Lukas) started out by working with quarter horses. If you're already a trainer and are looking to move to the U.S., one good way is to become a bloodstock agent. Help Americans find good racing stock and one may give you the shot you need.

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Michael Goodman


I can answer questions about handicapping and betting horse races. I can answer questions about speed figures and morning workouts of race horses on the southern California workout circuit (Santa Anita, Hollywood Park, and Del Mar racetracks).


I started as a casual race fan in 1978, became a serious fan in the 1980's, worked as a pari-mutuel clerk in the mid-1980's, was a serious bettor (earning hundreds of thousands of dollars in the late 1980's and early 1990's), sold shares in race horse syndicates in 1992-93 as a part of the Team Valor stable, was the customer service director for the Handicapper's Report publication from 1993-1997, became the owner and publisher of Handicapper's Report from 1997-2001, continue to work as a writer and consultant to Handicapper's Report to this day.

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I've been involved in the horse racing industry for more than 34 years, learning by doing.

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