Demystifying My TB's Past
I'm hoping some of you with knowledge of the racing industry can help me understand my TB's past. He has some strange habits and issues that I think may be related to something I'm not aware of.
He is a 5 year old gelding. Here is his pedigree: http://www.pedigreequery.com/striking+pose3
As far as I can discover, Newman (his barn name) was bred at Hermitage Farm in KY by David Miller, a pedrigree specialist, and a Louisville podiatrist. As a yearling (about a year and a half old), he was put up for auction with a $40,000 reserve which was not met. I bought him from my stable owner, who, from what I understand, bought him from a man who purchased him from the track. Newman has a lip tattoo but has no races on record.
He has a few strange habits, like making the most RIDICULOUS faces I have ever seen. They are hilarious. He also becomes very tense and anxious when tacking up and it takes about 20 minutes for him to relax despite being an overall energetic but low key, manageable guy. He is very sweet, willing, and responsive, but is pretty green and does not respect people, including me and our trainer, consistently.
Also, for any pedigree gurus out there, I'd be interested in hearing about any typical characteristics or notable pros/cons that are common within particular geneology lines.
Thanks in advance for any help! I love my Newman and am trying to understand him better.