FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Brent Farley
Friday, December 12, 2008
Retired Race Horse Report Continued
There were 1,845 New York race horses retired in 2007 by 1,108 race horse owners, according
to Steve Ropel, Director of USDA’s National Agricultural
Statistics Service, New York field office. In response to the
Task Force request of breed percentages, of the 1,845 horses retired, 60 percent
were thoroughbreds and 40 percent were standardbreds.
Over 70 percent of the reported retired horses were between the ages of 3
and 6. Twenty percent of standbreds and 4 percent
of thoroughbreds retired were over the age of 10. Of the horses retired in
2007 by gender, geldings were of 46 percent. Standardbred
geldings accounted for 50 percent of the standardbred
horses retired, while thoroughbred geldings accounted for 43 percent of the
thoroughbred horses retired.
York State Task Force on Retired Race Horses is co-chaired by New York State
Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker and New York State Racing and Wagering
Board Chairman John Sabini.
The Retired Race Horse Survey can be found on the NASS New York web
site: http://www.nass.usda.gov/ny/. For more
information, contact the office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone