I have heard many track vet­eri­nar­i­ans lament that “we are breed­ing the legs and feet right off th­ese horses.” I sub­mit that 90 per­cent of per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing drug use at the race­track would dis­ap­pear if 2-year-olds could not race.

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given to open­ing the Thor­ough­bred stud book. It is no­table that many of the horses who have won the Ital­ian Gran Premio Mer­ano and the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris have not, strictly speak­ing, been pure­breds; they have an­ces­tors, gen­er­ally on the distaff side of the pedi­gree, whose an­ces­try can­not be fully ver­i­fied. They are clas­si­fied as “autre que de pur sang” or AQPS. Their in­clu­sion in this di­vi­sion of Thor­ough­bred sport is anal­o­gous on the one hand to the highly valu­able Amer­i­can cham­pion Lex­ing­ton, whose fe­male an­ces­try is partly un­known and whose prog­eny are there­fore not reg­is­tra­ble by the Bri­tish Jockey Club. AQPS par­al­lels the “ap­pen­dix” con­cept in Quar­ter Horse breed­ing, whereby Thor­ough­breds can earn their way to full Quar­ter Horse reg­is­tra­tion by

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