Race Horses and SI Issues

Freedom has been remarkably sound over the 12 years that I’ve owned him. Yes, I brought him home in early 2005, thinking that I would foster him for just a few months. He was a skinny, nervous horse that didn’t have much idea of how to be a riding horse. Freedom came off the track […]

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31 years and holding

Who said that Thoroughbreds can’t jump? If you look at the jumper ring today, most of the horses you’ll see are warmbloods. When I was growing up, almost all the jumpers were Thoroughbreds. It just so happens that the horse that set inside Puissance record (back in 1983) was Sweet ‘n Low, a 17.1 hand […]

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An OTTB rescue success story

Great article yesterday on the New York Times Racing Blog about Philotimo, an OTTB who was rescued from a neglect situation. Glad to see the good news stories featured — a soft landing for the gelding and responsible former racing owners who stepped up to the plate and helped fund his rehab. Of course, there’s […]

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Shetland pony revealed as the originator of the “Speed Gene”

While it may be hard to believe, research conducted by the University College Dublin, Equinome Ltd and the University of Cambridge suggests that the modern Thoroughbred sprinter got its speed from a gene from a single Shetland pony mare that lived in the UK about 300 years ago.  The findings were published in the scientific […]

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Understanding conformation: how form influences function

There is no such thing as the perfect horse. However, how the pieces of a horse “fit together” can significantly influence how that horse performs and help that horse stay sound throughout its career. For any discipline the overall balance of the horse is important. However, when you start looking at different disciplines, you look […]

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Talk about a photo finish!

The 9th race at Saratoga on August 22nd was a nail biter. The first six place finishers crossed the wire together, with the difference between first place and sixth place only a neck. Talk about a photo finish! And in the end, the favorite, Grassy, won. Cherokee Speed was second and Good Prospect came in […]

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