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Pedigree, Conformation, and Zenyatta

My last post explains why a recent post by Frank Mitchell gave me second thoughts about the appropriateness of Giant’s Causeway as a mate for Zenyatta in spite of the sterling statistical profile he has with her ancestry. My underlying point is that what’s on paper can and must be interpreted in light of what’s on the ground–and vice versa. That point drew some thoughtful comments bearing substantively on the case and more generally on the relation between pedigree and conformation...
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Rock Hard Ten is by Kris S, Zenyatta has Kris S too close in her pedigree to breed her to Rock Hard Ten
War admiral looked more like his dam and brood mare sire. Interesting while many breeders were not actually that interested in War Admiral when he retired as he was so different from MOW. But ER Bradley liked the fact that he was so close coupled and his conformation was exactly what Bradley liked in his sires. It was through Bradley that WA became as successful as he did.
Sorry, I meant to write conformation. I want details, like heigh, weight, pastern length and angle, defects, special characteristics, etc. While I'm asking, who knows why Zenyatta stretched he forelegs out as she was parading around the walking ring? I do disagree with the hypothesis that breeding and conformation are the same. If that were true, why did War Admiral show little resemblance to Man O'War, for example? Why did Mr. Prospector have so much success getting classiic distance progeny when he was a sprinter? Was it the dams or were they throwbacks to Native Dancer or Nashua?
I was hoping to read some information about confirmation. All I read was that Zenyatta looks more like Kris S. Some of us do not have the opportunity to see horses in light of their confirmational attributes and drawbacks. I was hoping that the breeders would choose a stallion like Tiznow or Rock Hard Ten. A large horse with a great race record, as is Zenyatta. It seems that breeders often want to downplay the outstanding traits. Secretariat showed great speed and stamina and yet it seemed that so many mares were chosen just for their stamina. Why is Bernardini a better choice than the ones I mentioned or than Giant's Causeway? Why did they chose Tapit for her second foal?

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