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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


Last week we learned that something known as the “Motivator Gene,” how it’s possible to know with genetic testing whether a horse has the will to win from the moment he or she hits the ground.

But why stop there? Wouldn’t it be nice to know that the foal born last night is going to be fast, on what surface it would tend to have the most success, what its distance limitations are?

True students of pedigree probably already know about this but curious horseplaying minds might find some of this information useful, too. You don’t need to be a yearling buyer to want to learn what makes horses tick.

The hypothesis is that the “speed gene” influences the development of muscle mass in horses and is a more reliable predictor of racing performance than pedigree.

So, if you’re curious about this and want to know more about that horse you’re betting on today, check out the “Because of Horses” podcast Friday, July 19, wherever podcasts are heard, and eavesdrop on a conversation between Elise Gaston Chand and equine geneticist Dr. Emmeline Hill.


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