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10th December 2006

Measuring Up Yearlings

A study has confirmed what many people have long suspected – yearlings that are tall at the whither and hip, have a long body and large girth have an increased chance of a successful racing career and are more likely to achieve higher earnings than smaller yearlings. Measurement of leg length and circumference were not found to be useful in predicting future racing success.

For the full story refer to:

Journal of Equine Veterinary Science 26 (5) 212 – 214
Associations between yearling body measurements and career racing
performance in thoroughbred racehorses.