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Old 03-16-2017, 11:44 AM   #1
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Changing leads

I need some info on when a horse changes lead. What I want to know is if they do it on their own or does the jockey make it happen?
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Old 03-16-2017, 12:11 PM   #2
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(a google) =some videos and a little write up

https://www.westpointtb.com/news-and...nges-explained
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Old 03-16-2017, 03:10 PM   #3
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Excellent link Playa. I've always known the jockey can signal to the horse to change leads, but the author infers that the horse can be trained to change on its own.

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it often relates to infirmity. even worse is when a horse switches back and forth in the stretch. ouch,
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Old 03-20-2017, 03:24 PM   #5
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it often relates to infirmity. even worse is when a horse switches back and forth in the stretch. ouch,
I've noticed sharp, game and otherwise good horses do this in the stretch of turf races, esp. At gulf, could be the hard surface stinging their feet so they keep switching. I see it more on turf than on dirt.
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Very good link, thanks. I was never clear on the order of the feet. I will watch more closely from now on.
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Old 03-20-2017, 03:48 PM   #7
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it often relates to infirmity. even worse is when a horse switches back and forth in the stretch. ouch,
Have you seen Sparkle Slew run yet, Mark?


In this race she appears obstinate to me. Possibly she is hurting? I can't tell here and have not followed her back from this race. I'm interested in your opinion, then I will go look up her more recent history. My note says "may move up easily when she learns to switch leads".
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Old 03-20-2017, 07:08 PM   #8
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To me, it is vital to take notes on exactly how and when every horse changes leads in the entire race (not just the stretch).
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To me, it is vital to take notes on exactly how and when every horse changes leads in the entire race (not just the stretch).
Watch that race video and tell me what you think. I don't see a problem until the turn home.

When I read mountainman's comment it made me think of this one. She seemed more interested in something on the grandstand side. I stopped following after this performance in October. I'm going to look her up this morning to see what the next couple outings look like and report back.
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Old 03-21-2017, 06:21 AM   #10
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The posted video is from Dec 14, 2016 NOT October like I said before. Here is the chart.
http://www.equibase.com/premium/char...16&cy=USA&rn=9

Laid off after this race until Feb 2 and comes back for two in 15 days always at 5K claim. Feb 2 4th place, 5 path 3/16 faded late. Feb 17 2nd place, 2 lgth lead at stretch call, lost by 1 3/4
http://www.equibase.com/premium/char...17&cy=USA&rn=9

http://www.equibase.com/premium/char...17&cy=USA&rn=3

I'm looking for this one to ship into my backyard in a few weeks. I don't want to miss on a class jumper who looks much the best and may win big when prompted properly. I will review video when I fire up the ADW in a couple of hours.

Anyone following please add your comments. Help ole' Murph fill out his condition book for the upcoming Indiana Grand meeting. (I need to crush it early)
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BTW If you have time, would you look at that Sparkle Slew race posted in the Changing Leads thread? (JK*.5)

http://www.paceadvantage.com/forum/s...29&postcount=7 I see the horse switch to her right ( correct )lead at 1:18 which was very late. And as you can see, that is exactly when the horse starts to draw away. I try and liken it to a boxer only using one arm to throw punches. That arm gets pretty tired if it's the only one doing the work. Using both provides more stamina as well as balance and lessens muscle fatigue in one certain area. Nothing worse than playing a speed horse that is still clear at the 1/8th pole but on the wrong lead. You just know it probably will not end as well as it should. Sometimes they hang on, but more times than not, the get nailed.
Horses that run counter clockwise like the U.S. does are taught to run down straightaways on their right lead and around turns on their left lead. This is one of the first things they learn months before coming to the track.
It is true that sometimes the older horse won't switch because it might be a comfort, or lack of comfort thing going on. That is seen more in cheaper racing venues with older horses usually but not always. Switching back and forth can be a comfort thing as well. Or, on turf, mud or slop, or a cuppy sandy track, basically a surface they are struggling with, it can be that they are not comfortable with the footing and don't trust it. So they switch to find more solid footing. It really depends on too many things to say it's only one or two things.

When you see a maiden not switching, it can be that the horse is or has developed a bad habit. That habit is VERY hard to break. Some cheap speeds get so mentally stressed out that when pressured, they can't seem to remember to switch. But if that same horse has a comfortable lead as it turns for home, they might very well switch on that occasion.
Some still just will not switch period. And while that cheapens all horses because they can never reach their potential , they are not always cheaper horses.
Lite The Fuse hated to switch leads. Rarely if ever did. He was a hell of a horse even without doing so . Think how good he would have been had he switched turning for home. His offspring rarely did either which IMO is why he threw mostly cheap one dimensional speed horses.
Knowing a track that you play well and knowing the horses that do not switch can really make throwing speed out much easier. If it looks like a duel they will most probably fail. But if they are a type that WILL switch if left alone turning for home, and the pace suggests the horse will be clear at that spot, you can decide if it is worth the gamble to play the horse in hope of the horse switching.
It's homework yes. But it is knowledge that most you are playing against do not have. Therefore, too me, it's worth it both to use the horse and to not use the horse depending on the situation.

Lastly, jocks trying to MAKE a horse switch can work but honestly, it does not work all that often even if the rider is successful. If it's discomfort, they just made it worse. If it's stubborn, the horse probably does not appreciate it. I get why they try, but in my experience, you really need the horse to want to do it to have your best shot at success. Now if they just need a subtle reminder, a very slight weight shift or a light tap on the other shoulder with the stick turned down can do the trick. But again, life is good when they just do it themselves and it's never easy when they don't for whatever reason.
Hope that helps.




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Watch that race video and tell me what you think. I don't see a problem until the turn home.

When I read mountainman's comment it made me think of this one. She seemed more interested in something on the grandstand side. I stopped following after this performance in October. I'm going to look her up this morning to see what the next couple outings look like and report back.
1) I don't follow Turfway at all or that horse so please allow me to pick a NYRA horse and discuss changing leads...

2) Da Wildcat Girl.... On Jan 29th she was bet OFF the board. She was beaten by a Perfect Trip better horse BUT went back to the wrong lead late and flattened out at the wire. In her race prior, she won and changed leads well (and to the wire). That made her, to me an absolute throwout in her next start (from the win spot). She went off at 2/1 and was 1 of 2 closers in a speed packed race. She had the race won but when she did, she went back to the wrong lead and blew the race.

It's important to know how/and if a horse changes leads in races. If the horse normally does but today didn't, I am super concerned next time out.

If a horse always doesn't change leads, then the PPs you see are what you see.

Hope that helps. If you want to see the replays, they are :

Dec 4th 8th race, PP 8 of 9 (win)
Jan 29th 5th race, the rail of 6 (hang job with change to incorrect lead late)
Feb 17th 6th race, PP 2 of 6, (back to incorrect lead and spits it out).

Once again, if a horse changes leads well but then goes back to the wrong lead (if they don't normally do that) shows me that they can't complete the stretch run on that lead.

Problem....
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How is the change of leads accomplished...? Does the horse have both front legs in the air at one time during which the flip is made...? Or is there some subtle shuffle that takes place...is a right lead defined by the right hoof being in front when it touches the ground...? Do the rear legs ever change "leads"...

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Old 03-21-2017, 07:22 PM   #14
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Changing leads has always been difficult for me also. Maybe, it's because I've always been focusing on other things during a race. It sounds like it helps with a horse's balance during the race.

When curious about something .... resort to Google, maybe this short article will help.

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... Why is lead switching critical ? A horse will get very tired if it remains on one lead for too long. It is also important for a rider to note if a horse is switching normally, a little late or a little early or too often. A change in behavior regarding lead switching is a signal that something is not well with the horse. ...

https://therail.blogs.nytimes.com/20...ng-leads/?_r=0
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Old 03-21-2017, 07:28 PM   #15
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I dare any of you to stand up. Start hopping on one leg. You will need to change over to the other leg to keep the best action going. Same with horses.

On the turn, if a horse runs on the incorrect lead, it will hurt their ability to stay closer to the rail...

Picture making a sharp left while driving but your tires are pointing outward. Less force and distribution but you're going outward.

I even check for what lead horses are on , on the backstretch and in turf chutes.

More parts of the puzzle you uncover the better.
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