The Key To U.S. Success for South American Horses
The Key To U.S. Success for South American Horses: South American horses are considered high quality horses, especially after achieving success in the United States. Horses like Bayakoa, Paseana, Cocoa Beach, Candy Ride, Invasor, Pico Central, Siphon, and Einstein have all been successful in the United States but other horses aren’t so lucky and have failed. This raises the question, why are some horses successful in South America but others aren’t in U.S. races?
South American horses often suffer from the change of Hemisphere. It takes time to transition from the Southern to Northern Hemisphere. Everything is new to the horse from the change in environment to the groom, so it is very important to gives them the necessary time to acclimate.
Another factor and big mistake is to debut a South American horse in a U.S. graded stakes race. The best option is to start running some Allowance or Listed races to give the horse some confidence. When he looks ready, he deserves a shot to run with the top company. It seems like the only exception to this setback is champion Invasor.
The South American horses get better with time, since they are usually born from July – October, therefore these horses are at a disadvantage with Northern Hemisphere horses at the age of 3. When they mature, South American horses become more competitive.
A horse does not necessarily need to be a Grade 1 winner in South America to have success in the United States. South American horses are usually bred to make the distance since the best races in South America are usually in distances above the classic 1 ¼ m. In the United States, the horses are bred for speed, speed, and more speed! That’s why it is really tough to win the United States Triple Crown. In South America, there are a few horses bred especially to run 1 ½ m, the Belmont Stakes distance. A good router in South America can be very successful and “steal” some stakes races farther than 1 ¼ mile, recent examples are Calidoscopio (Arg) and Ever Rider (Arg). These horses were not the best in Argentina but they knew how to win good races in the United States.
In Conclusion, a South American horse can be very successful in United States. The key is to have patience and draw a good plan, which will enable you to achieve your goals in the medium or long term.