Associations between yearling body measurements and career racing performance in Thoroughbred racehorses

Adriana M. Smith, William Burton Staniar, Rebecca K. Splan

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Abstract

Yearling morphometric measurements and variables related to career racing performance were collected on 260 Thoroughbreds to determine correlations between and among these traits. Morphometric measurements were adjusted to 365 days based on interpolation from adjacent age points and included wither and hip height, body length, distal limb length, cannon circumference, heartgirth circumference, and chest width. Measures of career racing ability included total earnings, win percentage, and Standard Starts Index (SSI). Wither height and hip height were favorably correlated with lifetime earnings, SSI, and win percentage. Body length and heartgirth were positively correlated with SSI and win percentage. Leg traits were not correlated with any performance parameters. Horses that had placed in or won a stakes race tended to be taller at the wither and hip as yearlings. Horses categorized as preferring turf tended to be taller at the wither and hip at 365 days than those that preferred to run on dirt. No significant difference in yearling morphometric measurements between sprinters and routers was detected. In addition to phenotype and pedigree information, morphometric measurements taken in the yearling year may allow for more accurate estimation of future performance in the Thoroughbred racehorse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)212-214
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Equine Veterinary Science
Volume26
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2006

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withers
racehorses
anthropometric measurements
hips
yearlings
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body length
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chest
lawns and turf
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Thorax
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Associations between yearling body measurements and career racing performance in Thoroughbred racehorses. / Smith, Adriana M.; Staniar, William Burton; Splan, Rebecca K.

In: Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, Vol. 26, No. 5, 01.05.2006, p. 212-214.

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