EQUUS - - Conformati­on Insights -

In the Teddy fam­ily we begin to ob­serve some in­di­vid­u­als who are, in terms of both con­for­ma­tion and ath­letic ca­pa­bil­i­ties, closely sim­i­lar to Quar­ter Horses.

Sir Gal­la­had III 1920 (by Teddy out of Plucky Liege, a Touch­stone-line mare with both Matchem and Herod in tail-fe­male). This stal­lion shows the “rounded” con­for­ma­tion typ­i­cal of Teddy-line horses but with enough bone to sup­port the mass above. A full brother to Bull Dog, he sired no less than three Ken­tucky Derby win­ners: Gal­lant Fox (1927), Gal­la­ha­dion (1937) and Hoop Jr. (1942).

Bull Lea 1935 (by Bull Dog out of Rose Leaves, a Touch­stone-line mare that also traces to Eclipse in tail-fe­male). In this horse we get the first taste of what “Eclipse on Eclipse” looks like: a mas­sively mus­cu­lar body above, for­tu­nately sup­ported by ex­cel­lent bone be­low. Th­ese horses re­sem­ble Quar­ter Horses not only in mus­cu­lar­ity but be­cause they stand rel­a­tively short on the leg and have no­tice­able “down­hill” bal­ance. Re­tired sound to stud at age 5 af­ter a re­spectable 27 starts, Bull Lea went on to sire 58 stakes win­ners.

Ci­ta­tion 1945 (by Bull Lea out of Hydroplane, a Hype­r­ion-Bay Ron­ald line mare with mul­ti­ple crosses to Lex­ing­ton and Herod in the tail-fe­male). This is the smart way to breed Eclipse— by guar­an­tee­ing that there is enough “stayer” blood in the mare to pre­serve a bal­ance be­tween the weight of the body above and the con­struc­tion and tough­ness of the limbs be­low. Enough pos­i­tives sim­ply can­not be ut­tered about this horse, who has been voted one of the top 10 flat-track rac­ers of all time. Ci­ta­tion com­piled 32 wins in 45 ca­reer starts. A Triple Crown win­ner, he con­tin­ued rac­ing un­til age 6 and was one of only three horses to win 16 straight races. He was the first race­horse to earn $1 mil­lion.


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