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Kissing Cousins: Australia and Taghrooda

Sunday, June 08, 2014 10:20 AM

Last week saw the running of the Epsom Oaks (Eng-I) and Derby (Eng-I), two of the longest existing classic races in the world and for many the barometer of the Thoroughbred breed. The Derby was won in devastating fashion by the royally bred Australia. A son of the good racehorse and now leading sire Galileo ( TrueNicks ), Australia is out of Ouija Board, one... Read More...

Written by Byron Rogers | Jun 08, 2014 | 0 Comments

Return to the Sire the Best Blood of His Dam

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 5:00 PM

The breeding maxim " Return to the sire the best blood of his dam " has been attributed to longtime Darby Dan Farm manager Olin Gentry. Gentry wasn't the first to suggest this breeding theory, indeed there is evidence to suggest that it first came into livestock management via the Bedouins in upgrading Arabian stock centuries ago. The theory is that when mating... Read More...

Written by Byron Rogers | Oct 15, 2013 | 6 Comments

Frankel's First Mating: Lots of Inbreeding

Monday, March 04, 2013 7:00 PM

15.33%. That's the coefficient of relatedness between Frankel and Chrysanthemum, the first mare scanned in foal to the champion racehorse during his first season at stud. As a point of comparison, first cousins are 12.5% related and half siblings are 25% related. Chrysanthemum, owned by the Coolmore team of Tabor, Magnier, and Smith, won a pair of group III races... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Mar 04, 2013 | 28 Comments

Inbreeding Demystified

Friday, March 02, 2012 5:30 PM

There are few topics in the world of pedigree theory—and for that matter in the Thoroughbred community as a whole—that are more emotive than the subject of inbreeding. On one hand, inbreeding, and what is perceived as a consequential decline in genetic variety, is blamed for all manner of ills including a supposed decline in soundness. On the other, it has been... Read More...

Written by Byron Rogers | Mar 02, 2012 | 29 Comments