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A Kentucky Oaks winner! Congrats to client Clearsky Farm.

The Kentucky Oaks (Gr.I) has been run and won by the Clearsky Farm bred filly Abel Tasman. A daughter of the high class stallion Quality Road, out of the Deputy Minister mare Vargas Girl, Able Tasman was an Alan Porter Pedigree recommendation. Clearsky is a commercial breeder and offered the Oaks winner as a yearling at the September Yearling sale, where we tested her for them (see her yearling photo above), but she went through the ring unsold at $65,000. Abel Tasman was a big gangly filly but she was actually turned down by a lot of vets at the sales for supposedly a bad scope. Here is the Performance Genetics Yearling Report for her. Handed over to Simon O'Callahan, and subsequently train

A New Paper on the PPARGC1a Gene

Along with Daniel Polasik and his colleagues from the West Pomeranian University of Technology in Poland, I was a co-author on a paper on a SNP in the promoter region of the equine PPARGC1a gene. The full paper can be found here but the Abstract of the paper is: The protein encoded by PPARCG1a gene is a key regulator of genes involved in energy metabolism. Numerous studies indicate that the PPARGC1a gene may be a good marker for athletic performance in horses. Therefore the aim of this study was to detect polymorphisms in the promoter region of PPARGC1a gene and to evaluate its presence in horses belonging to nine different breeds (n = 268) as well as in elite and non-elite Thoroughbred race