The most obvious way to be part of the horse racing world is to bet. You can go down to the tracks of a Sunday and bet a few to a few thousand dollars on whether or not a certain horse will win. Or lose. Or place second. Better yet, go down to your local betting centre and watch the races unfold on the screen perhaps on the other side of the world. But there are other ways to be involved with the racing world, even if you don’t have specialized knowledge. Here are a few access points:
Co- Own a Horse and Watch it Run
Raising a horse for the track isn’t easy these days. Horses cost money to feed and train. A single owner will find it a strain on his/ her bank which is why there are now opportunities where you can buy a racehorse share along with several others.
For example if there are 10 shares to a horse, the original owner will float 5 shares in the market so that you and maybe one or two others can invest in magic millions horse sales. This makes you co- owners of a racehorse and you will pay for its maintenance and training. You are entitled to a proportionate share of the winnings as well.
Help Care for the Racehorses in the Stables
If you love horses but don’t necessarily want to ride them in the races (or you are too big for the weighing chair), then being a stable hand or groom is a good job for you. You will get to spend as much time with the horses as the trainers and jockeys as you will be responsible for cleaning the stalls, feeding and grooming the horses and the overall care of the stables. In the racing business, this is a responsible job; the horses are the money makers so there cannot be any mishaps. Stable hands are screened thoroughly by owners as this is a good opportunity for the competition to send in a spy so have your references ready.
Taking Care of the Racecourse
Most racecourses around the world are lined with “turf”, which is special grass grown purposely for courses horse shares can track records to the table. They are smooth, even, and have no disease- inducing insects. Turf is the safest surface for horses; therefore most tracks use turf although in the U.S. horses run on hard- packed dirt which can lead to catastrophic injuries. Turf requires special care, so most racecourses hire staff just to care for it. You can be one of the staff members who water and trim the turf, draw the chalk lime lines of the tracks and make sure that the course is in tip- top shape for the next season. It’s a bit responsibility, as unexpected clumps or holes in the ground can cause a horse to stumble and fall while running, damaging its chances of winning as well as possibly injuring itself.