It all started with a f*cking flu shot. A day later, Triple Tonic started coughing. No big deal, we thought; she’s a two-year-old having a bit of a reaction. A little vitamin C, slow down for a few days and it will all be fine. But she didn’t get better. After about two weeks of intermittent coughing, in a completely unrelated incident, she decided to unhook her metal water bucket with her head, necessitating five stitches (and a change to a plastic bucket). Fine. She had to have antibiotics for this, so maybe we kill two birds with one stone and clear up the cough. One week and seven injections later, her head was perfectly healed, but she was still coughing, and the stuff coming out of her nose was not pretty. A sample was sent off to the lab, the vet was sure he had the right antibiotic and we started again. Ten days later, no change. Off to the clinic for a scope and possibly a head x-ray to make sure it wasn’t in her sinuses. Bad scope, but clean sinuses, another lab test and a third kind of antibiotic. No luck, but poor Tonic was starting to feel like a pin cushion.
Meanwhile, despite doing our best to keep her isolated and disinfect everything that came in contact with her, King next door started coughing, and Rue B down the line thought she might join in. We put all the horses on a course of a broad spectrum antibiotic to try to contain things. I have never, ever done this because I hate to compromise the immune system and contribute to the development of resistant strains of crap. But this time it seemed called for. Triple Tonic, meanwhile, will move to the country tomorrow for an old-fashioned, unpleasant but effective treatment: The “abces de fixation,” a provoked abscess in the chest cavity that draws all the nasty stuff into it and is then drained. It’s akin to leeches, and for me it is definitely a method of last resort. But pumping more chemicals into this poor filly’s system just seems the wrong way to go.
King obviously is a scratch for his debut tomorrow; we’ve given him a second dose of Iodure, an IV iodine designed to clean out the respiratory system. He will be rescoped on Thursday, when we’ll send swabs to the lab. So far, it looks like we might catch him before it’s too far gone. He’s also more advanced in his work, and might have a stronger immune system. Let’s hope. Rue B, too, seems to be fighting it off. For now, all the horses that have raced seem fine. They are tougher and older, so they might not come down with…whatever it is this is.
Gina Rarick a réalisé, au cours de sept premiers mois de 2018, ce qu’elle obtient habituellement en une année complète. Avec 58% de réussite dans les places qui comptent, les 5 premières qui rapportent de l’argent, c’est tout simplement une année en or.
Gina Rarick a remporté le premier quinté de sa carrière grâce à Quiet Zain avant de doubler la mise en fin de journée. Un joli doublé pour cette femme entraîneur d’origine américaine. Le Parisien – February 17, 2018
Gina Rarick doesn’t mince her words, as readers of her online blog will testify. The American journalist who became a French racehorse trainer has strong views on all aspects of the sport – from the struggle to make ends meet in Europe, the problems of being accepted in France and the admin issues at France Galop to the medication situation back in the U.S. – as John Gilmore found out in this recent question-and-answer interview. Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – August 14, 2015
Le Festival de Galop de Vichy est devenu incontournable, pour les professionnels comme pour les amateurs de courses hippiques. Cette semaine entièrement dédiée au galop a été bien préparée par Gina Rarick qui descend plusieurs chevaux, avec la nouvelle arrivée Ella Diva en attraction. Equidia Live – July 18, 2015
Après les coulisses de l’hippodrome (lire nos éditions précédentes), voici les coulisses du centre d’entraînement. L’Américaine Gina Rarick possède une écurie à Maisons-Laffitte. Courrier des Yvelines – April 13, 2015
American Gina Rarick, a former international horseracing journalist, has been training racehorses in Maisons-Laffitte, France, since 2002. 46 percent of her runners were in the money in 2013, and that percentage has been rising steadily for the past four years. Total earnings for the yard have already topped €750,000. Gavelhouse.com – March 1, 2014
At the famous Hippodrome de Longchamp just outside of Paris this month, crowds came to cheer and bet on the sleek thoroughbreds that opened horse racing season by galloping down the verdant turf course. NPR – April 23, 2013
As the horses galloped up the finishing straight in the 2,400-meter (11⁄2-mile) Prix de la Lomagne Handicap at Saint-Cloud on a gloomy, rain-sodden evening May 5, Hard Way cruised to the front, eventually winning as he pleased. Racegoers enthusiastically cheered his every stride to the wire and beyond. bloodhorse.com – May 15 2012.
Film directors take note–Gina Rarick is an unusual character and in the treatment we also have a most unusual horse: Hard Way. No novelist could have conjured up a more symbolically accurate name. In August 2010, after 16 races, Hard Way endured a crushed first vertebra and was basically lucky to be alive. Rarick sent the horse to friendly pastures, gave him time off. Treatment involved only one pharmaceutical product, Tildren, for improving bone density. Thoroughbred Daily News – Thursday, May 10, 2012.
Avant de devenir entraîneur professionnel en 2008, j’ai été journaliste pendant plus de 20 ans et je collabore toujours à différentes publications, dont le New York Times. L’année dernière, c’est avec fierté que j’ai écrit un article sur le système français de mise à la retraite des chevaux de course, conjointement mis au point par France Galop et la Ligue pour la Protection du Cheval. Ce système a fait l’admiration et a été envié par de nombreux lecteurs américains qui se désolaient de la triste fin réservée aux champions de leur côté de l’Atlantique, du fait de l’absence de tout régime de mise à la retraite. Jour du Galop – Lundi 1er Fèvrier, 2010
As the horses galloped to the turn at Chantilly racecourse, shooting past the grandeur of the Château de Chantilly and into the home stretch, a dark brown filly, easy to recognise thanks to the small diamond of white hairs on her forehead, surged to the front of the pack. To the shouts of the crowd, and urged on by her jockey, she raced past the post in first place. The French Paper – January 2010
You will not have heard of Gina Rarick because she trains in France, and in fact is the only American trainer operating in that country. However, the handicapping portrait of this best-kept secret in the training profession can be applied universally wherever races are run. American Turf Monthly – December 2009
She is racing’s American in Paris. Or, to be more specific, racing’s American in Maisons-Laffitte, the training center west of Paris where she maintains a string of American – and British-owned horses, the only Yankee — male or female — currently training in France. Daily Racing Form – Sunday, November 29, 2009
Le parcours de Gina Rarick est un des plus atypiques. Cette Américaine de 46 ans a commencé à monter à cheval à 30 ans, ne connaissant rien aux courses. “Je suis la seule Américaine à entraîner en France. J’ai décroché un permis d’entraîner en 2001 avant de devenir entraîneur public en septembre 2008, suite à un licenciement économique qui m’a permis de me jeter dans le grand bain.” Le Parisien – November 25, 2009
Former Turf writer Gina Rarick has only been training in France professionally for a little more than 18 months, but the American-born former International Herald Tribune editor has proven as adept with horses as she was with a pen. Thoroughbred Times – October 17, 2009
A woman in a male-dominated business is not a unique situation, but an American woman in the very closed world of French horse racing is certainly a more unusual proposition. I met with the racehorse trainer Gina Rarick who gave me an insight into both the sport and how she has managed to find her place in this business. Invisible Paris Blog – September 20, 2009
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.
Gallop France is a boutique racing yard in Maisons-Laffitte, just west of Paris, with a limited number of horses in training. Each animal receives individualized attention, with a diet and training regimen tailored specifically to the horse.
Our owners get the same attention, with our staff available to answer questions and provide full information on your horse and make sure the race-day experience is a memorable one.
Gina Rarick, Trainer
34, av Madame de Sevigne
Two places are available for the Gallop France Racing Club.
The GallopFrance Racing Club offers a new opportunity to diversify your portfolio of thoroughbreds racing in France. By grouping the ownership of four horses, ready to run, you can get in on the racing action from the beginning, spread out the cost of ownership and increase your opportunities to be first to the winning post. Each owner maintains a partial ownership of each of the four horses as well as seeing your colors on one of the individual horses!
You would like to own your own horse or race as a group with your friends?
If you are interested in becoming a racehorse owner in France, contact us. We’ll help you get started in the lucrative world of French thoroughbred racing. And with the summer season soon upon us, you can enjoy the wonderful racing meetings at Vichy in July or Deauville in August.
We are available to discuss your options. Gina will help you choose
the right horse for you whether it be in claiming races or the
Tattersalls Horses in Training Sales.
We can also help you and your friends organize a partnership, making ownership more affordable for you.
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.
Explore our site for details, and contact us to discuss ownership opportunities. Follow Gina Rarick on Facebook and Twitter, subscribe to her YouTube channel or visit our blog to keep up with all the latest happenings in the stable.
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!