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  1. #1
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    Jun. 18, 2009

    Default Pedigree Question

    On a thoroughbred's papers, what does a * next to a name mean? Also, I just bought a horse that had raced 58 times but had only won $15,000. What would be the reason to keep racing since he wasn't pulling in much money? THe horse raced until he was 9.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug. 14, 2000
    Clarksdale, MS--the golden buckle on the cotton belt


    Different databases use stars different ways. A black star means the horse was imported to the United States--at least in equineline. Can't remember offhand if Pedigreequery also uses that convention, but it probably does. On pedigreequery a green star means a mare has been designated by Ellen Parker, who is a TB mare pedigree guru, as a "reine de course", which means her descendants have done well and have affected the TB gene pool. A pink star on pedigreequery means that they have a photo available. Also on pedigreequery, the Palotta family is designated 9-c*, which means that MtDNA studies have shown that the mares descending from Palotta have different MtDNA from the rest of the family.

    On the actual JC papers, an asterix will mean imported.

    I have a mare who raced 63 times and had about the same record as your horse. Who can fathom the mind of owners?
    Last edited by vineyridge; Sep. 12, 2010 at 11:29 AM.
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