The Geared Racehorse
- typical traits
geared horse will have in hand the potential to quickly
lengthen and quicken its stride, producing ample
acceleration when called upon".
A well geared power horse has the advantage of being
capable of traveling through a race with the least
effort. Alternately the strength geared horse will be
working hard to try and keep its stride rate high enough
to keep pace, while the speed geared horse will have to
keep up with a high stride rate to make up for its lack
of stride strength.
Unlike the horse with an
undesired gearing bias towards speed or
strength, (both of which use extra energy
just keeping pace, which does not leave a lot of
room for tactical speed or acceleration later in the
race), the power geared horse will have in hand the
potential to quickly lengthen and quicken its stride.
This produces what appears ample acceleration, where as
in fact it is primary a result of its superior top end
Keep in mind the speed,
strength and power gearing we are relating to here, is
not distance based, Speed and strength geared horses may
be best suited as either sprinters or stayers. Power
gearing is limited to only a few specific levers, unlike
distance gearing that takes into account a large range
of levers, and their angles & lengths.
These are the traits you can expect from a well
geared power horse, that also processes superior
muscles, energy system, airways, fitness, form etc.
- Good gate speed, without having to be pushed
along, to take a favorable forward position.
- When called upon for an effort, shows tactical
speed to gain or keep a favored position mid race
without apparent effort.
- Be able to race on the pace & wide without cover
, and still finish off the race strongly.
- Be capable of quickly stepping up gears when
asked for an effort in the straight.
- Be traveling so well that the jockey has the
luxury of making his run for the line early, or late
chooses to give him a soft run.
- Bolt clear a few lengths clear early in the
straight, before going on to win with ease.
Why are these traits so valuable to the racehorse.
These types can race handy and make there own luck
during running. there superior acceleration enables them
to quickly put themselves in a winning position. These
traits also mean the horse has the potential to step up
in class with ease. The fact that these traits are
characteristics of many genuine Champions speaks volumes
for there value to the racehorse.
Alternatively, the one paced horse may be winning races
while being tardy from the gates, racing back in the
pushed mid race, finding flat spots when initially asked
to quicken, being pushed right out and winning by
small margins. But this all indicates that if the horse
even loses just a touch of form, he will be finishing
back with the field. Don't anticipate much improvement
from these types. Of course their are always exceptions
to the rules, and some high quality gallopers will race
through their entire careers in this fashion, continuing
successfully to win many good class races.