MA­TER­NAL DNA AND TAIL-FE­MALE BLOOD­LINES

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From the very be­gin­ning, any horse who could win in King’s Plate rac­ing was worth big money, both while on the track and later as a sire. Thus in the early 18th cen­tury, for the first time in western Europe, it be­came im­por­tant to know a horse’s ex­act an­ces­try be­cause while part of a race­horse’s suc­cess de­pends upon hav­ing race-adapted con­for­ma­tion, another part---in­clud­ing the size and ef­fi­ciency of the heart and lungs and the blood and tis­sue chem­istry that un­der­pins mus­cle phys­i­ol­ogy--is hid­den and is of­ten bet­ter pre­dicted by the pedi­gree than by con­for­ma­tion alone. The most use­ful pedi­grees ac­cu­rately record not only the names of

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