Mine That Bird had a van ride from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., to Newark. N.J., and then a four-and-a-half-hour flight from Newark to El Paso, Texas, Sept. 1. The gelding spent the night at a training facility near Sunland Park and was vanned to Ruidoso Downs Sept. 2.
“Everything went really well. It was smooth. The entire (flight) crew was very professional,” said trainer Chip Woolley. “I like the idea of training at altitude. He’ll be galloping every day.”
Ruidoso Downs is at a 6,900-foot altitude.
How many days/weeks of altitude training are needed in order to get a positive effect on stamina, lung capacity, oxygenation, etc.?