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US Experts Attack Breeding Trends 4
An editorial in The New York Times summed up: "Good horses, whose careers often begin & end before their bones are fully mature, are racing less often than they used to, which means they only need enough endurance to last a few races. That makes it all the easier to breed for the lightness of build - and the fragility - that Eight Belles showed. The real race increasingly seems to be to capitalize on a horse's success - to move a horse through its career as quickly as possible."