Relationship between body weight and racing class

Using anecdotal evidence, many racehorse trainers will tell you that bigger horses might tend to be less sound horses but they tend to be better horses. While this may be a function of the worldwide phenomenon of compression of weights by handicappers, we had noticed that one of the variables that our model uses in determining racetrack potential is the estimated body weight of the horse, or more specifically, the standard score generated by the estimated body weight when compared to horses of similar age and same sex. At the sales and in the field we use the weight estimation algorithm proposed in the Equine Veterinary Journal by Staniar, et al (2004, Weight prediction from linear measures

Is EQB making a Virtue of a Vice?

Considering it is only 16 months since EQB, Inc. trumpeted that “(T)his year EQB adds DNA genetic profiling to its bag of tricks” we were rather surprised to receive an e-mail blast from them this week with the headline “DNA testing – re: state of the science (underwhelming).” Further reading revealed that the statement, which appears to blithely dismiss a whole field of scientific endeavor, is based on an article titled “ ’Moonshot’ Medicine Will Let Us Down” written by Michael J. Joyner of the Mayo Clinic for the New York Times Opinion Pages. The primary tenet of that article is that “precision medicine”, the interpretation of an individual’s genetic code with the goal of providing more e

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