Maternal influences

June 23rd, 2022

We heard from a Foal Patrol follower earlier this week asking about maternal genetic influence in Thoroughbreds. Although research is ongoing and there is no definitive answer to this question, this article by Anne Peters available from the BloodHorse summarizes a 2015 study that suggested a mother’s influence may actually be more important than a father’s influence when it comes to racing ability. Again, this information is limited to one research study from hundreds centered on genetics, but we think you'll find it an interesting read. Enjoy!