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Biomechanics, Performance Take Spotlight at Conference

In addition to internationally known speakers on Thoroughbred pedigrees and genetics, next week's 2011 Thoroughbred Pedigree, Genetics & Performance Conference will feature experts on equine physiology and biomechanics, and how these elements relate to performance. The conference will be held at the Marriott Griffin Gate hotel in Lexington, Ky., September 7-8.

Scene at last year's panel discussion

Jay Kilgore represents Datatrack International LLC, a leading equine biomechanics company and publisher of BreezeFigs. Jay will discuss Thoroughbred biomechanics and motion analysis, including the use of digital video stride technology in identifying superior athletes.

Bill Pressey, of ThoroEdge Equine Performance, holds a B.S. in Exercise Science and has consulted on conditioning regimens for NFL, NBA, and Olympic athletes. He will present on how Thoroughbred performance can be quantified by objective, physiological means. Methods include using heart rate, blood lactate, and GPS data to acquire key metabolic indicators related to performance.

Jon Seaman is vice president of Cecil Seaman & Co. and contributes to the development of new programs and reports while overseeing database development. Jon's presentation features racehorse selection based on biomechanical profiles. Topics include optimal weight in untrained yearlings and 2-year-olds.

Cecil Seaman, president and founder of Cecil Seaman & Co., began in the industry training quarter horses. Later, he began studying Thoroughbred bone structure, and ultimately refined his research to 15 significant measurements that he takes on each horse. Cecil currently advises some of racing's top owners, trainers, and breeders. His talk will discuss why breeding type-to-type is vital for success.

Jeff Seder owns EQB (Equine Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology), a consulting firm for racehorse selection. A graduate of Harvard Law and Business school, he has 35 years of equestrian experience and has researched and published numerous refereed scientific journal articles on Thoroughbred sports medicine. Jeff's presentation will discuss the relationship between 2D-echocardiographic measurements and subsequent racing performance.

For full details on this event, visit BloodHorse.com/Register.

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