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Size Affects Sales Prices Says KER PresidentBy Kentucky Equine Research Staff · August 20, 2015

At the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association annual seminar in the United Kingdom, Kentucky Equine Research (KER) president Joe Pagan, Ph.D., presented information about growing racehorses, particularly size at yearling sales.   

According to a study conducted by KER, size influences the final sales price of a Thoroughbred.  During a recent Keeneland September Sale, researchers found that horses selling at below the median price for their sale day tended to be shorter and lighter than horses that sold above that median.

In another KER study, horses were followed from sales to the racetrack. Researchers found that eventual Grade 1 winners were taller and heavier at the time they went through the yearling sales than less-accomplished racehorses. Pagan believes this data shows there is a definite reward for bringing a well-grown yearling to sale, even though there is potential risk of skeletal disease with faster growth.

Read a summary of the presentation in The Paulick Report

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