Best racing age

 

The results

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Horses with this genetic profile are born with a specific blend of strengths and weaknesses, which vary depending on conformational and psychological maturity factors inherited from each of the parents.

If this horse inherits a bias towards sprinting and short-distance races, it will demonstrate an early-maturing tendency with respect to the development of body weight and body weight/withers height (muscle mass). Early maturing thoroughbreds can make their race debuts at around two-years-of-age and often demonstrate heightened mental resilience and curious dispositions.

Some middle-distance horses with this genotype will instead inherit a slow maturing tendency that requires a different approach since they need to be trained for a longer period to achieve the required body conditioning for racing.

If this type of horse is raced too early (as a two-year-old), they may be susceptible to joint damage (often around the knee) the effects of which may not be apparent until later in the horse’s career.

Slow-maturing horses do not normally cope with excessive pressure or stressful situations as yearlings, and if they rushed, they may pick up behavioral manifestations to cope with physical exertion, stress, and confinement. These horses are more likely to achieve success if they begin racing around three or even four years old.