CONFORMATION ANAL­Y­SIS

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Conformation anal­y­sis of 2 year olds or “long year­lings,” from pho­to­graphs taken at the be­gin­ning of their race train­ing. All th­ese horses de­scend in both sire and dam­sire line from Phalaris, and in ei­ther sire or dam­sire line from Mr. Prospec­tor. Some im­ages are re­versed so that all the horses face left. See av­er­age body pro­por­tions pre­sented in the ta­ble on the next page.

The av­er­ages in the ta­ble above are cal­cu­lated for eight long year­lings or 2-yearolds of Phalaris–Mr. Prospec­tor breed­ing. They are com­pared to the Matchem­bred Man o’ War. The num­ber of horses an­a­lyzed in this and suc­ceed­ing ta­bles is not large enough to con­sti­tute a sta­tis­ti­cally valid sam­ple. How­ever, dif­fer­ences in min­i­mum and max­i­mum mea­sure­ment of over 10 per­cent are in­dica­tive of phe­no­typic vari­abil­ity; th­ese are things that Thor­ough­bred buy­ers should be alert to. Es­pe­cially im­por­tant is the to­tal length of fore­limb. Breed­ers should also take note of where Man o’ War dif­fers most from the Phalaris-breds: greater arm length and less croup height at this stage of im­ma­tu­rity, in­di­cat­ing a less down­hill body bal­ance.

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