Choosing the next Smoken UP: with Lance Justice


We sat down with harness racing trainer/ driver Lance Justice and asked a few questions on how to choose the next group 1 horse in your stable. Lance Justice has trained 19 group 1 winners in his career with horses such as SMOKEN UP NZ, SOKYOLA NZ, WHIRLEY DREAM and UNCLE PETRIKA NZ. You could say he has proven track record for identifying raw talent. “Choosing a horse that’s ready to run is a less hit or miss way of identifying the next champ.” Lance stated. But he still has a keen eye for a well conformed yearling with a nice temperament and great bloodlines.

smoken up winning

Below are 5 tips Lance gave us to choose your next Group 1 winner…

1.A HEALTHY HORSE… When you’re assessing your next potential horse, its important to assess the overall health of the horse. Things to look for are, hoof health and condition, coat condition , evidence of parasites and oral health…

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