Bill Finley wins Eclipse Award for piece on ‘durability’

6 thoughts on “Bill Finley wins Eclipse Award for piece on ‘durability’”

  1. Valid historical slant on Finley’s argument. But I’d take it one step further and suggest that in looking for quicker returns lots of precocious horses were pushed harder, broke down earlier and made hasty exits to the breeding shed perhaps to pass on the very genetic flaws that caused them to crack in the first place.

    In another day the quality, sinew and soundness of a potential stud was more truly tested over time and distance.

    One small point of grammar: horses now make significantly fewer starts than 50 years ago, not less starts.

  2. Another issue is how many more horses are being bred now than before. It’s overproduction plain and simple–not only larger books to individual stallions, but so many more foals overall than before the 80s boom. That’s on the one hand a commercial problem, but it also has physical quality implications. Even if there are still plenty of good durable horses, there are a lot more weak ones to deal with.

    Though I’m not trying to disagree about any of the other issues. I certainly can see the arguments about breeding too much for speed, overusing drugs and not training hard enough or early enough to develop toughness as a horse grows.

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