I had concerns when the post positions were drawn. She did well, and is still learning. Closing looks to be her "style" though.
Yes! That's a wonderful story! I had posted on the Kentucky Oaks thread a couple of days ago, his Ashland win aboard this filly was his first Gr.1 win ever. (40 years of riding) Congratulations to him, Lovely Maria, and Larry Jones!
I hope Eventer was able to watch! Silver was tested and prevailed; it was a "scream-aided" win for me!
Did you miss my reply posted 5 days ago?
He's 50/50 as of this morning, Mike. http://live.drf.com/nuggets/14232
I don't know, but many young horses have cardiac scans before the various sales; you'd have to have access to their initial paperwork to know.
I don't know, but doubt that's been done specifically. Try perusing the Performance Genetics site. They would probably even answer an e-mail if the question were asked. They have a huge research database. http://performancegenetics.com/
The researchers themselves continue to state that the genetic contribution to various diseases is the focus of the work, with the goal being a greater understanding and ability to treat conditions found in many mammals. They're specifically trying to understand processes such as laminitis in equines, etc. Cornell and Texas A&M both have horses, one TB and one QH, that have been sequenced with some differences in the maps. Ramifications are going to be huge though, within the biomedical community and with "commercial" interests. Over all, the genome research is quite legitimate and relevant.
Mike, Yes, there are 2D ultrasounds, echo cardiograms, and other scanning modalities that can easily determine cardiac size/dimensions. As t_v says, though, Matthew Binns and other mappers of the equine genome do not believe that the "X" factor per se exists. It is not believed that a single mutated gene alone can determine cardiac morphology; in higher animals that function is determined by many genes at differing locations.
Lovely Maria gave a very nice performance in the Ashland; and I was surprised to read later that her jockey, Kerwin Clark, had been riding for forty years and secured his first Gr.1 victory aboard her that day. Photos of him crying openly on the way back to the winner's circle almost moved me to tears as well. Good luck to Maria in the Oaks, and to my Curlin girl, Stellar Wind, and may they all come home safely!
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