- Got a comment from a friend of a friend about a statement I made in this post about the stallion Freud, the NY-based full brother to Giant’s Causeway.
...the statement one can get the same genes [from the two stallions] is just totally false [emphasis not mine]. They're by the same parents but they do NOT have the same genes--does your sister...have the same genes as you? No!! Mom has 46 chromosomes, so does dad. But the MIX of them is random, and short of being identical twins, there is NO CHANCE that you have the SAME genes....:Guess I need to brush up on my Horse Genetics. Or any genetics, for that matter. A more accurate statement would have been that in Freud, you can get a stallion that descended from the same gene pool as did Giant’s Causeway, which, as evidenced by the two horses’ race records (as I pointed out), doesn’t guarantee anything. But that doesn't make any less interesting to me the way that he has been so successfully hyped and promoted thus far. Seems I bought into that hype myself, and for that I apologize.
- Bill Turner’s exercise rider says there’s “no way” that Christening took 1:05.12 for her five furlong work the other day; he thought it was closer to 1:02. He speculated that the clockers got confused by two horses that broke off right in front of her, and as I explained in an earlier post, that’s no surprise to me. She still needs to get her gate card, and Turner is anxious for that to happen as he feels she’s about ready to go. Highland Cat worked five in 1:02.15 (16/28), and Turner is still eyeing that maiden special carded for Feb 25.
- When Congress overwhelmingly passed a law last year to strip funding from horse slaughter plan inspectors, it was, as everyone was aware, with the specific intent to ban the practice in this country. But now the Bush Administration has rendered that action meaningless. The Agriculture Department has ruled that the plants can pay for the inspections themselves, thus horses will continue to be slaughtered in this country.
The [Agriculture] department "is thumbing its nose at Congress," said Michael Markarian, an official of the Humane Society of the United States. [AP]Actually, they’re giving Congress the finger, along with the rest of us who cherish these animals who perform for and serve us so faithfully.