High Street Racing concluded its first year with three wins and 10 places from 33 starts, for earnings of 71,961 euros. All three horses who carried the High Street silks were in the money in 2016.
We’re excited about kicking off our second year down in Cagnes sur Mer. Our High Street horses Grey Sensation and Bleu Astral will travel south for the six-week meeting January 12, and both are in good form and should start the year off well for us. Both horses have shown they can handle a variety of surfaces, and we have several good options for racing on the Cote d’Azur.
Our other news of 2016 is now official: We are moving into our new stableyard that we purchased this year from France Galop. The new yard has 18 boxes on a 2,000-square-meter site located just off the training gallops. It will feature an owner’s lounge and accommodations, so we will be better able to host our owners from afar. The facilities will also allow us to host events here, and we’ll have a big screen to watch race replays in the bar area. Our farriers are now on-site, and the horse walker will be added this year. It won’t be done overnight, but we will be able to offer a top-class facility to take us forward.
Thank you all for being a part of High Street Racing. We hope you’re enjoying the syndicate and that all of you have a chance to come racing and visit us over the coming year. Happy 2017!
High Street Racing’s trainer Gina Rarick
A pioneer in French racing, Wisconsin-born Gina Rarick is the only American Thoroughbred trainer currently at work in Europe. After establishing herself in Paris as a racing journalist at the International Herald Tribune where she covered major races in America, Hong Kong and Dubai- as well as France and Britain- she became a permit holder, or amateur trainer, in 2002. She also rode as an amateur jockey and won an annual race for journalists at Saint-Cloud in November 2001.
Following six years as a permit holder, Gina became the first American woman to receive a professional French trainers’ license. Based in Maisons-Laffitte, her first horse as a profesional trainer, Pixie’s Blue, was purchased for 6,500 euros in Newmarket. In her second start in France, the filly won a Maisons-Laffitte claimer worth 12,500 euros to the winner.
Over the years, she has earned a reputation for improving horses bought with a limited budget. The quality of horses has been rising over the years, and Gina won her first black-type Pattern race last year with Ella Diva in the Prix des Jouvenceaux et Jouvencelles in Vichy. The personal care and attention Gina lavishes on her ten-to-twelve-horse boutique yard has yielded a steady increase in both victories and earnings.
Gina personally oversees the purchase of horses for High Street Racing, either at auction or privately.
French prize money is the highest…
France €24,579 £17,451 $26,545
USA €23,343 £16,566 $25,100
Ireland €20,726 £14,715 $22,384
Britain €14,234 £10,106 $15,372
Moreover, the French average does not include French owner premiums, which add 64 percent for 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds, and 43 percent for 5-year-olds and up.
Enjoy the benefits of French thoroughbred ownership.