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Bill Sienkewicz race horse trainer

Old School Horseman

New Age Racing

With over 40 years of training experience,
Multiple Stakes Winning Trainer Bill Sienkewicz has proven he can:

  • Help you find the right horse

  • Start your young race prospect

  • Claim and race horses successfully

  • Bring out the best in your racehorse!


 Buying a Racehorse, tips so you don't end up galloping behind the others!

  1. Decide if you have the knowledge to buy on your own or if you need help. If you know very little about buying racehorses, a bloodstock agent, who is paid a commission to buy and sell horses, will offer advice and recommend horses that meet your budget. Horse trainers may also offer important advice.

  2. Factor in all the costs before you make a purchase. Expect to spend $25,000 to $30,000 annually to keep a horse in training. Costs include $35 to $100 per day for training expenses, $150 to $500 per month for vet charges, and $100 for monthly shoeing expenses. Don't forget the hay, straw, grain and other dietary supplements to keep your horse in tip-top racing condition.

  3. Decide whether you want to own a racehorse outright, share an interest in one with a partnership, or invest in multiple horses through a syndicate. Many partnerships advertise in racing trade publications and host Web sites that list their horses and track records. Shop around; contact numerous syndicate managers and prospective partnerships before you invest.

  4. Buy a racehorse in one of three ways: Through a claiming race, at auction or through a private purchase.
    1. Claiming races literally have the horses running for sale. Price is set before the race, based on the quality of horse, cost ranging from $4,000-$12,000. Veterinarians cannot inspect the horses beforehand.
    2. In auctions, horses are grouped by type: Yearlings, horses in training or brood mares. Each horse is listed in an auction catalog with a family tree, birth date and blood-type listing. Bloodstocks are allowed to view the horses at auction.
    3. Private purchase is the easiest way to buy a horse. Horses are sold directly from stud at a negotiated price, and they can be inspected by a vet beforehand.

  5. Hire an experienced trainer, like Bill Sienkewicz. The trainer can make all the difference between success and disapointment. A source for locating an experienced horse trainer in your area is, sponsored by the United Thoroughbred Trainers of America Inc.

  6. Obtain a racing license. Owners must have a license in order to participate in races. Each state has its own licensing applications, procedures and fees.
  7. Register your Thoroughbred with the Jockey Club. A copy of the registration papers must be kept on file at the racetrack during the period that the horse is racing. These papers include the horse's name, pedigree and physical description.
  8. Apply for colors with the Jockey Club. Brightly colored racing silks must be worn every time a jockey rides your horse; your pattern will become your trademark at the track.
  9. Recoup your investment by finishing in the top five. Typically, the winning horse takes home 60 percent of the listed purse, 20 percent goes to second place, 12 percent to third, 6 percent to fourth and 2 percent to fifth place. A horse that performs consistently well will increase in claim value and can be worth millions as a breeder depending on its pedigree.