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Forget the Races; The Real Money Comes From Being a Stud

Horse breeding is a huge business — $39 billion and growing

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    What Is the Triple Crown of Horse Racing?

    It's the most prestigious prize in horse racing – and the most elusive (Published Wednesday, May 16, 2018)

    It's Triple Crown season, and all eyes are on horse racing's most athletic 3-year-old thoroughbreds as they compete for the sport's most lucrative prizes.

    But the serious money doesn't come from winning races — it comes years later, after a champion horse is "retired to stud." A superstar stallion can command lofty fees for getting "intimate" with mares in hopes of producing a top-tier foal.

    Today, horse breeding is a huge business — $39 billion and growing, CNBC reports.

    Top stud Tapit earned $557,300 over the course of his racing career. But as of 2018, he will have generated about $167.8 million during his breeding career.

    Breeding horses can be expensive and risky, but if all goes well, the breeder can be rolling in the dough.