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Pedigrees section of this week's Blood Horse. Author Avalyn Hunter describes Zenyatta
A big, rugged, rather plain mare in the mold of her dam and maternal grandsire, Zenyatta has a pedigree loaded with strains more noted for their scope, and stamina than for show-ring looks.
Well, I've seen it all now. Zenyatta is plain.
This might explain it..
Avalyn Hunter (born 1961) is an American Thoroughbred pedigree analyst and the author of three books on the subject. Ms. Hunter graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BA degree in psychology and obtained her MA degree in clinical psychology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
A former United States Air Force officer, MS Hunter has worked as a mental health professional since 1993.
For myself, I like some of them big rangy babes. Others seem to prefer the more refined cutie-pies.. The big ones seem a little better to me.. You can get them to do some of your yard work!
I have a feeling that description could be applied to many of the greats of the past, the past being beyond a hundred + years ago. "Scopy" was the preference of the landed gentry who bred to race, according to my reading over the decades.
"And Afleet Alex just ran right by Giacomo like he was standing still!"
Tom Durkin, 2005 Belmont Stakes
It's amazing what things come in plain brown wrappers . . . . . . . . . .
Nureyev . . . . my Twinkle Toes
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Back in the day when DWayneLukas was a master with the fillies, he was asked what he looked for in one like Terlingua or any of the other greats he had trained....
"She should have a head like princess, a butt like a washerwoman and walk like a hooker"
I think that pretty much sums it up,
And remember...Things work out best when you make the best of the way things work out.
She doesn't have a dished face like an Arabian, which might translate to someone as "plain." But I think she's beautiful.
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She IS beautiful. (And boy, does she ever have the butt and the strut!)
Lukas came to purchase Terlingua because his father in law, Rod Kaufmann, advised him to do so. Wayne wasn't in the thoroughbred game when Terlingua's dam, Crimson Saint ran.. but I was. Bar none, she was the fastest thoroughbred I ever saw.. and Kaufmann trained her. Terlingua strongly favored her mama in appearance.. You'd have had to seen Crimson Saint at her best to believe it. In the Meteor Handicap (against boys) in her first Western appearance, coming from New Mexico, she opened up 5 lengths in an eighth of a mile and dominated throughout.. Shockingly fast, she was..But like many that are very fast, she had some issues. I would have used her as an example in the thread I started, Speed on Speed, instead of Safely Kept, but I thought not many would have known who she was...
Further, his purchase of Landaluce was much the same. Where Wayne might have wanted to claim credit for his good eye with horses - and surely he had one of the best - it was his affinity for Landaluces half brother, Clout, that steered him that way. Wayne loved Clout.. a generous and honest stakes horse at the Grade 3 level. Wayne trained Clout over the last part of his career.. I think for John Nerud's, Tartan Farms.
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