Bred to Break

May 11, 2008

In today’s Philadelphia Inquirer Mike Jensen has some questions about the state of thoroughbred breeding.

Take a walk down memory lane with me to my comments on the same subject about five years ago.

Bad Breeding

May 26, 2003

One of the little ironies of the hype leading up to the Preakness a couple of weeks ago was trainer D. Wayne Lukas complaining that the Triple Crown was too tough. His main point was that the schedule was too taxing for a young thoroughbred. I wondered if there might be two D. Wayne Lukases, because the D. Wayne Lukas I remember is a trainer with the reputation of overworking his two year olds, leaving them woefully overtaxed to have a full year of success at three.

But there was something else he said a few weeks earlier that took me aback, and it got me thinking about what I see as a major and unaddressed problem of the thoroughbred industry—breeding practices.
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