06-02-2012, 12:30 AM
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Yes, Throughbreds are bred to race but not all want to. If a horse doesnt want to run it wont, you can only encourage and 'force' it so much. You will see horses that don't want to run refuse to enter the barriers and under much pressure from the jockey will fail.
Most horses, however will want to run and follow the pack. You will find some horses are quite confident and have no worries dashing up to the horse in front, ears pinned back and overtake. Others are more timid and have to be encourage to go past.
Even if you have a well bred horse that in its pedgiree would suggest a champion, you may not get. And vice versa. For example, we have one mare - totally limited in ability but she tries her hardesrt and finally the other week she got past the post first. That's what you want in a racehorse, one who tries their hardest. Hey, if you get one that also has great bloodlines even better.