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post #31 of 55 Old 02-21-2013, 12:33 PM
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or somebody could get into the 21st century and allow et with the thoroughbreds.....
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post #32 of 55 Old 02-21-2013, 12:43 PM
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This mare that has a lot riding on her foals future might be the motivation behind the change. She made headlines and brought tons of interest to a sport suffering from a spell of bad luck and declining numbers.
Her breeding future will be as much about money as it is about Public relations. Shalom
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post #33 of 55 Old 02-21-2013, 06:23 PM
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gogaited, as I said the foal could be worth millions. Its breeding potential and racing career would force most breeders to make that decision.
If she is unable to carry a foal then her value is the same as any horse at a public auction.
I am not saying its moral but a breeder needs to recoup any profit when they can. that is simple financial logic. we are not talking about Backyard Betty here. Shalom
Can they not use surogates?
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They could use embryo transfer except that the registry won't let them.

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Hmm, I just thought of this. Can they do ET and surrogates with TBs? They have to be pregnant via live cover to produce a registerable foal. Do those methods still work from live cover?
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No the Jockey club does not allow for embryo transfers or artificial insemination.
So the foal would have to be born of its dam and by live cover. Shalom
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its in part the strict adherence to tradition that is hurting the Jockey club and the industry. Its embryo transfer, live cover and extends to jockey weight limits (how many 5ft 90 pound men do you know today?), and even how they attract people to the track. Thats why the tracks are closing and those that are open are in such trouble.

The mare is a PR minefield. No matter what you do someone will think its wrong. You don't breed her and your missing out on mega money. You do breed her and people are not happy. I think she is a celebrity in her own equine right. That said, among the average joe Q populous she is not known. People that follow racing know about this mare. She is a good mare but she is not secretariat.
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post #38 of 55 Old 02-25-2013, 08:40 AM
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How is RA and her filly?
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post #39 of 55 Old 02-25-2013, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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From what I've read, the filly is doing great with her nursemare, and Rachel's condition is improving: Stonestreet Farm: LatestNews
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I personally don't feel that requiring the mare to carry her own foal is a bad thing - it ensures that the mare is properly cared for throughout her pregnancy and when the foal hits the ground. How many of the average broodmares out there would be shifted to the back the property and barely looked at if they weren't going to carry their own foal? Mares receive good feed, vitamins and proper vet care - do we all think this would continue otherwise?

I think from the general public's view, they want to see this mare's foals. Heck, I get excited when we get in a foal by/out of somebody important as I'm eager to see what the foal turns out to be like.. this year we've got an alphabet soup grandbaby, and it's my pick of the bunch just because I was a fan of alphabet soup (I'm dreamin of group 1 glory here guys haha!)

I'm delighted she has improved, and I'm sure that every possible step is being taken to achieve a full recovery.

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