@2017 by Performance Genetics LLC

Facing the Breeze

Generally speaking owners, trainers and handicappers/punters don't want to hear a race caller say a horse is "three wide and facing the breeze..." This indicates that the horse is outside without cover and covering more ground and invariably using more energy to do so. While some horses (and jockey and trainers for that matter) do like to be a little wide and out of trouble, and relax into a rhythmical stride in doing so, this position (or any wider) generally exposes the (relatively) unfit horse quickly when the pressure is turned on. Researchers at the Structure and Motion Laboratory at Britain’s Royal Veterinary College have released results of a study showing horses and riders that use a

Response to Exercise

One of the first indications that truly discerns the elite from the non-elite is response to exercise. You hear it from the trainer usually when the horse has its first work over 5 furlongs (1000m) in around a minute. Top trainers say that this distance is, for whatever reason, the 'gold standard' in terms of sorting out what each horse is made of. It is not so much the time of the work over the distance itself, but more-so the response to this work with the elite horses post-work recovery and appetite and demeanor the following days, separating them out from the others. It now seems that this intuitive 'feel' that a trainer has in terms of response to exercise is the result of significant g

Natural Blood Doping

Circulatory capacity has been shown to be positively related to athletic performance in the thoroughbred and the equine heart and spleen are important contributors to this circulatory capacity. While there is a lot of literature available about heart size and its relationship to athletic performance in thoroughbreds, not much has been written about the value of the spleen. The spleen is very well suited to transabdominal ultrasonography, since it normally lies immediately adjacent to the left body wall of the mid and caudal abdomen, and usually medial to the liver in the left cranial abdomen. Testing the hypotheses that spleen volume can be calculated from transcutaneous ultrasonographic mea