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Old 06-13-2022, 07:16 PM   #1
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When a horse wins do any workers involved with horse get a cash tip ?

I often wondered if the owner or trainer throws some cash around to barn workers , horse grooms etc when the horse wins.
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Old 06-13-2022, 07:25 PM   #2
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It is common practice. Also jockey agents typically supply breakfast
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Old 06-13-2022, 07:27 PM   #3
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It is common practice. Also jockey agents typically supply breakfast
For the workers or the horse?
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Old 06-13-2022, 09:50 PM   #4
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I often wondered if the owner or trainer throws some cash around to barn workers , horse grooms etc when the horse wins.
A question with a myriad of answers.

Regarding rewards for workers. Each trainer is in control and the form it takes is very different

Here's the different ways it can play out. For grooms

1% of the winning purse. Stakes only

1% of any purse money. Stakes only.

1% of any purse in ANY type of race.

Barn workers can also reap rewards from Jockeys and their agents.

I would often get the names of the groom and exercise rider of a Stakes winner.

My jocks would write checks for anywhere from $100 to $250 for each.

If we won a VERY big stakes. Like when Martin Garcia won the Big Cap on MISREMEMBERED or Joel the BC Sprint on DANCING IN SILKS we would throw a huge Fiesta for the entire barn.

This would usually cost $500 to $750. We'd always get much more than needed so neighboring barns workers could come by and enjoy.

Owners often times find a few $$$ extra for the grooms when they come by the barn to visit their horses. This can be as little as a $20 dollar bill but always means the world.

In most jurisdictions it's ok for an owner to bet on a horse for a jockey. As long as the ticket is ONLY WIN. That's a big deal that can cause problems if not adhered to.

Some jockeys will split the proceeds of those bets with their agent. Some won't.

Tyler Baze was always very meticulous and transparent with this perk. Just one of the reasons why he's class all the way.

A groom's talent and tenure goes a long way too. Long time trusted workers are rewarded with the best earning horses. They earn their way up the ranks.

John Sherriffs was extremely gracious to Mario who was ZENYATTA'S groom from the time she first came to Hollywood Park. He also had GIACOMO and TIAGO.

Hope this helps.
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Old 06-14-2022, 12:26 PM   #5
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Barns usually stake their grooms and barn help on wins.

One trainer I had billed me an additional 2% on win purses only for groom tip in addition to their trainer commission. Other trainers I used covered it on their own.

I brought donuts many times up and they've always been appreciative. A few times I've giving a $50 or $100 to the groom back at the barn while the horse was cooling out after the test barn.

These guys and gals work 365 days a year at all crazy times taking care of the majestic animals we sometimes take for granted. They deserve it!!!
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Old 06-14-2022, 12:58 PM   #6
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had a hoss that won at 9-2. bought a 10 win ticket on the hoss for the groom.

handed it to him at the winners circle presentation.

stuck it in his pocket. i am sure he appreciated the thought.

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Old 06-15-2022, 12:02 PM   #7
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I was a hot walker at AQU for a summer in the late 70s and I recall getting a small tip one time after a win.
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