Phoenix Arizona is starting to heat up for the summer. Our horses are not happy with the higher temperatures, but they will soon be in a better climate. Half of our horses have already been hauled to Albuquerque, NM where today’s temperature will be in the high 70s. Phoenix’s temperatures are approaching mid-90’s.
We had a horse run on Monday and the temperature at post time was 92 degrees. Unfortunately, our filly started out good, but was soon overcome by the heat and finished 7th. She pulled up okay and was cooled down, but I know she will be happy for a more tempered climate.
Albuquerque is over 5,000 feet above sea level. As a result, the higher altitude also allows for cooler temperatures.
Now that our horses are going to higher altitude with thinner air, we will have to see how the altitude affects their breathing. In the past three years, I think we only had one horse that was significantly effected by the change in altitude.
Horse racing is such a competitive sport, but it is also subject to many conditions out of our control. I anticipate a successful summer in New Mexico. First we will be in Albuquerque and then off to Sunray Park in Farmington, NM. We have been successful in New Mexico in the past and with some new horses, I hope we will do even better this year.
Our trainer, Drew Fulmer is still in the process of hauling horses and closing up shop here in Phoenix. It is a lot of work and physically taxing. We are fortunate that Drew does most of the hauling himself which keeps our costs to a minimum.
Look for the Fulmer Racing Team in Albuquerque this year. I think we will be a good bet if you are a horse player.