Turkish Journal of Veterinary & Animal Sciences




This study of Arabian horses in Turkey evaluates factors that may affect the possibility of having earnings during the first year of horses? racing careers. A total of 2046 Arabian horses were included in the study population; 1020 Arabian horses (49.85%) did not earn any money during their first year of racing. To explore the shared characteristics of those that had earnings, a retrospective study was done with racing records of Arabian horses that were born between 2008 and 2011. The factors were ownership status, sex, age at first race, type of stud farm, and racing on one or both possible types of track surface. Logistic regression was used to evaluate which of these factors may have had a significant effect on first-year earnings. Results showed that horses that started their racing careers early ($\leq$ 3.5 years of age) and raced on both track surface types (turf and dirt) had significantly increased odds of earning money during their first year of racing.


Arabian horses, earnings, logistic regression, racing performance

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