The Elite Program Inc. and Dr. C. Reid “Mac” McLellan, well known national instructor of Groom Elite classes around the country, is offering an updated version of his Trainers’ Exam Prep class at Sam Houston Race Park on February 6-9. Entitled “Racehorse Owner-Trainer Prep Class” and expanded by one day, this version includes time for discussion of philosophy and methods of training racehorses. This class starts with discussion of options for acquiring racehorses, preparation of young racehorses, improving performance of older racehorses and options for post racing careers. Intertwined is discussion of relative rules of racing that influence and, in some cases, govern application of these training methods.
Those familiar with racing know that since 2019 rules are being changed rapidly. Some rules are in the best interest of horses and some are not. McLellan discusses these rule changes and how trainers and owners can make sure that their horses are given the best care within a volatile, changing rule environment.
This prep class’s opening session commences Thursday, February 6 at 3:00 PM and continues until 7:00 PM. Classes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM with continuing informal discussion during a one-hour in room lunch break each day. Sunday will be focused on the rules of racing involving daily activities on a racetrack including entering horses with correct imposts, race day activities and post-race testing. Participants will enjoy a night at the Sam Houston Race Park races Friday night.
This class is open to anyone interested in learning about horses. Owners, jockeys, grooms and handicappers participate alongside participants desiring to take a trainers’ licensing exam. Tuition for this 25 hours of interactive discussions packed with information about racing, racehorses and the Rules of Racing is $349 if paid online by February 3 . Tuition after February 3 and at door (if space is available) is $400. This class, particularly the first three days, qualifies as continuing education for previous Trainers’ Exam Prep Class participants. Previous TExP participants, as well as Groom Elite 101 certified grooms, receive a $100 prior participation credit and pay only $249.
For more information or to register, go to www.purplepowerracing.com, and for information about upcoming Groom Elite classes, go to www.groomelite.com. Anyone without internet access may call Dr. “Mac” at 859-321-4377 and sign up over the phone.