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post #1 of 4 Old 02-16-2013, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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would it change TBs if....?

So, I was thinking today that if the jockey club was to allow AI (which I don't think they do) and was to allow embryo transfer. Would it change the quality of horses being bred? My thought through a haze of exhaustion is/was that if the eggs and to a lesser extent sperm could be frozen and implanted in other horses then those quality horses could have longer on track careers. Which could totally change the type of horses that are at the track. Its impressive to have a stellar three year old season but wouldn't it have been amazing to see some of the great horses have a 4 or 5 year old season? Likewise, if a horse was great as a three year old and fell apart as a 4 year old would it change the horses being bred? Specifically, I was thinking of leg issues. If horses had longer on track careers and you basically select via long careers for horses that hold up on the track than do you get horses with better legs? What are folks thoughts on this? Its sort of a different take on the "what if we didn't start racing them until they were 4 or 5". We would be seeing different horses but would be of higher quality?
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I dont think a horse would have a longer career due to A.I and ET becoming availabe to the jockey club members. Horses are more impressive when they quit at the top and never fizzle out. When a horse runs too long and fizzles out on the track people see and they lose the "god horse" expectation they have set for a horse that has won a lot. Trainers know this. Also i think it would lead to the breaking down and death of a lot more horses if it DID happen. Track accidents happen and horses do die from them. The more a horse is on the track the more likely it would be that the horse could get injured on the track. Heck my personal OTTB never reached a race and her knees are screwed up already.
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3 year olds are the stars of the Track. The most important races and prestigous , the triple crown, are run by 3 YO.
mares can only produce so many foal and stallions worth millions start their breeding careers early to earn money of their owners or syndicates.
Besides a champion on the track may not perform up to par in the breeding shed.
Too much money is at stake to risk a longer racing career. Shalom
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Honestly, I think that this would only lessen the quality of horses. That would ultimately allow for more breeding to happen with less thought; I already see a lot of bad things in the (rather small) breeding pool of US tbs, namely in conformation, and I think that if anything it would be best to go in the opposite direction, or at least keep it as is.
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