Breeding

Genetics Behind Horse Height Helps Breeding Programs

Horse owners often try to predict the adult height of young horses. According to Welsh researchers*, knowing which genes play a role in regulating body size, including height, could provide important information regarding growth and development mechanisms, and contribute to mare and stallion selection in breeding programs. “A horse’s size influences both performance and maintenance decisions,” […]

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Rare Przewalski Foal Born, To Be Reintroduced To Mongolia

A rare breed, the Przewalski’s horse was once completely extinct in the wild. Breeding in captivity has kept the breed alive and a female was recently born in a wild animal park in Ashford, UK, at the Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve. Mongolia is the Przewalski’s horse’s native habitat; the animals were declared extinct there […]

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Bloodlines: Juvenile Champ Game Winner In Good Pedigree Company

Unbeaten in four starts after a clear victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and a near-certainty to be the Eclipse Award winner as the leading colt of his division, the 2-year-old Game Winner will be the second juvenile champion by his sire, the Argentine-bred Candy Ride (by the Cryptoclearance stallion Ride the Rails). The stallion’s […]

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Bloodlines: European Juvenile Winners Tell A Tale Of Two Pedigrees

In looking at the winners of the two Group 1 races for juveniles at Newmarket, Iridessa (by Ruler of the World) in the Fillies Mile and Too Darn Hot (Dubawi) in the Dewhurst, I was immediately tempted to paraphrase Charles Dickens. We shouldn’t say that “it was the best of pedigrees; it was the worst […]

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Bloodlines: Eskimo Kisses Reveals Her ‘Winning Colors’

Running off through the stretch of the Grade 1 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga to win by 6 ½ lengths, Eskimo Kisses (by To Honor and Serve) looked ever so much like her famous grandmother, Hall of Fame member and classic winner Winning Colors (Caro). In the spring of 1988, Winning Colors set West Coast racing […]

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Science Supports Slow, Steady Weaning Of Foals

Ask ten breeders how they wean foals and you may receive ten different responses. How a foal is weaned can greatly affect short- and long-term health, according to a new study*. “In feral horse populations, foals aren’t weaned until they’re almost one year of age, when the mare is about to foal again. The process […]

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Bloodlines: Best Picks Another Impressive Winner With Instagrand

A wide-margin victory in the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar confirmed the grand-looking bay colt Instagrand (by Into Mischief) is a force of significance among the current 2-year-olds racing on the West Coast, a group which appears freakishly loaded with quality and talent. In both his debut on June 29 and in the Best […]

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The Jockey Club Projects 2019 Foal Crop Of 21,500

The Jockey Club is projecting a 2019 North American registered Thoroughbred foal crop of 21,500. The 21,500 foals estimated for 2019 is the same as the 2018 foal crop projection, which was announced in August 2017. The foal crop projection, traditionally announced in mid-August, is computed by using Reports of Mares Bred (RMBs) received to […]

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Barretts Catalogs 86 For Select Yearling Sale At Del Mar

Barretts has cataloged 86 yearlings for its Select Yearling Sale scheduled for Tuesday, August 28. The afternoon session will begin at 2:00 p.m. at Del Mar’s Surfside Race Place. General Manager Kim Lloyd has high expectations for this year’s sale. As a result of last year’s $300,000 sale topper “consignors have supported us with increased […]

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Hager Ventures Out With Taproot Bloodstock

Phil Hager has made a career out of doing his best work away from the spotlight. That fact made stepping out on his own to form Taproot Bloodstock a bold step, not only for creating a new business, but being the face of it. Still, Hager said he hopes to keep a similar mentality in […]

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