“Way of going” equates to biomechanics, and I feel that this is one of the most significant advantages American Pharoah brings to the game.
American Pharoah had the bigger hindquarters and a longer, more laidback shoulder. As a long yearling, American Pharoah already has higher withers than Secretariat had even as a mature stallion.
The high withers and long “slashing” shoulders so characteristic of the original Thoroughbred and its immediate ancestor the Turkmene horse---but not much seen during the Seattle Slew/ Affirmed era---are a pleasure to find once again in a modern champion (see “Foundation Sires and Dams,” EQUUS 449). Along with a strongly coupled loin and a pelvis that is well-angled, large and powerful high withers and a