E. A. Ranches is built and managed around the belief that the
early development of horses--exercise, nutrition, and close
attention and care--is fundamental to racing success.
Under the direction of farm manager Marguerite Eliasson,
who has been at E. A. Ranches since 1980, the farm
handles all equine services, including broodmare care,
breeding, foaling, layups, sales prep, and breaking and
MARE & FOAL CARE
Few Thoroughbred operations in California have size and
facilities comparable to those of E. A. Ranches. Built on
1,000 acres near Ramona (60 miles east of Del Mar),
E. A.. Ranches is designed for maximum spaciousness,
safety, efficiency, and beauty. Big pastures, lots of grass,
and plenty of room to run.
After foaling, mares and foals are in individual grass pastures for approximately two weeks. They are gradually moved to larger fields with more mares and foals and daily handling is continued throughout their yearling year.
We have also been practicing a gradual weaning process that was introduced by Texas A & M. Every other day two mares are moved to the adjacent field leaving their foals with the remaining mares and foals. After approximately one week the mares are moved to their appropriate fields. This reduces stress for both mares and foals. When the last mare is removed, an older mare or gelding is introduced to the weanlings and will stay with his or her group through their yearling year.
BREAKING & TRAINING
The E. A. philosophy pays off with excellent results at the racetrack.
E. A. Ranches original owner Ernest Auerbach has been honored as the leading California-based owner and as the Owner of the Meeting at Hollywood Park and has received awards as the owner/breeder of California-bred Champion Filly and Valkyr Trophy winner Belle's Flag.
E. A. Ranches takes great pride in the number of top-quality runners that are graduates of its program.
Graded stakes winners Belle's Flag ($546,000), Lottery Winner ($487,425), Queen of Wilshire ($441,102), Grab the Prize ($322,690), and Tres Paraiso ($349,375) and stakes winner Closed Escrow ($355,000) all were raised and trained at E. A. Ranches.
In addition, after arriving from Argentina, E. A. Ranch's Star Cross (Arg) raced briefly, then was rested and trained at the farm before returning to the track, where he has earned $194,977, with wins in the San Pasqual Handicap (Grade 2) and the Forty-Niner Handicap.
The breaking and training program at E. A. Ranches emphasize the development of the individual. Horses at the breaking barn undergo several weeks of basics, including extensive ground work and driving, before graduating to the training track.
The 5/8-mile training track, built by the renowned trackman Steve Wood, is renovated daily and is ripped and graded every three to four weeks. The track is equipped with a three-stall starting gate.
E. A. Ranch's unique three-mile jogging trail, which winds up and down the hillside, is used, depending on the needs of the individual horse, as an additional conditioning resource or as an alternative to the training track. This trail provides an excellent physical and mental break in the routine of young horses and has been credited with the successful rehabilitation of numerous older racehorses.
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We have the capability of caring for post-surgical horses that may require full-time stall and specialized care to freshening horses in individual pastures. Horses can also be legged-up at our training facility prior to returning to the track.
We are able to give your mare or your race horse a dignified retirement in our spacious pastures. Please contact us so that we are able to determine the needs of of your retiree and quote you with a day rate. Our normal cost for a retiree is $12 per day..
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