Teresa Genaro. TurfBloggers image.

Cloned horses good enough for Olympics but not Thoroughbred racing

Teresa Genaro. TurfBloggers image.

Teresa Genaro writing for Forbes Magazine states:

Last month, the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the international governing body for equestrian sport, announced a change in its position on cloned equine athletes.

Thoroughbred racing is unlikely to soon follow suit. The Jockey Club, which is the breed registry for Thoroughbred horses in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, is “dedicated to the improvement of Thoroughbred breeding and racing,” and expressly prohibits Thoroughbred procreation through any but natural means. You can read the details here, rule 1, section D, which includes all the biological specifics (as graphic and dispassionate as a middle school sex ed class).

Cloning isn’t the only technology that Thoroughbred racing forbids; it also nixes artificial insemination, which harness racing permits. Dr. Doug Antczak, a professor of equine medicine and an equine geneticist at Cornell University, attributes the sport’s resistance to assisted reproductive technology to both financial and biological reasons. Continue reading >>

Teresa Genaro is a turf writer. From backstretch to winner’s circle, she write about the sport of kings. See http://www.brooklynbackstretch.com/.

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