Gina Rarick has been training racing thoroughbreds in Maisons-Laffitte, France, since 2002, alongside her work as a journalist at the International Herald Tribune. In March of 2008, she decided to leave her career in journalism to devote herself to training full time.
The results have been more than solid: over 50 percent of her runners were in the money in 2018. Earnings per year have topped 200,000 euros for 6 consecutive years (including 2018 where the yard topped 400,000 for the first time) and total earnings for the yard have surpassed 2 million euros.
Raised on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, Rarick attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and began her career in journalism at the Milwaukee Journal in 1984. As turf writer for the Herald Tribune, Rarick covered major race meetings around the world, including the Dubai World Cup, Royal Ascot, the Hong Kong International Races, the Breeders’ Cup and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
She rediscovered her rural roots in Chicago, of all places, by taking weekly riding lessons at a downtown carriage-horse stable. The attraction to horses made the move with her to Paris, and she continued riding at clubs in the Paris region before discovering thoroughbreds after moving to Maisons-Laffitte in 1999. She was a latecomer to racing, riding her first race – a winner – in 2001 at the age of 38!
Training fees are €57 a day. That amount includes everything except shoes, veterinary and racing costs.
Discover the fun and excitement of thoroughbred horse racing in France, where big purses and low training fees combine to make this country one of the most attractive in the world for horse owners.
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Why race in France?
Prize money in French racing is among the highest in the world. The winner of a mid-level race will take home between €9,000 and €15,000, compared with £1,000 to £1,500 in the U.K. In addition, French racing offers premiums to French-bred horses that add 60 percent to prize money for two- and three-year-olds, and 45 percent for four- and five-year-olds and 35 percent for 6-year-olds and older.
Costs are comparatively low. French racing authorities subsidize travel expenses for horses, there are no entry fees for non-pattern races and jockey fees are minimal. Training fees in our yard are €57 a day excluding shoes and racing costs. That means no extra fees for things like rugs or nutritional supplements.
Another factor to consider: France does not allow any medication in a horse’s system on race day. That means lower vet bills for owners and sound, drug-free horses.
Come racing in France – we’ll have a bottle of Champagne on ice for you!