Virtual Conference Highlights Pedigrees, Conformation

Tod Wojciechowski was among panelists in the latest Thoroughbred Owner Conference

The 2022 Thoroughbred Owner Conference virtual series continued Apr. 5 with a panel who discussed pedigree and conformation considerations when selecting racehorses. The series is hosted by The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and presented by Bessemer Trust, Dean Dorton Equine, and Stoll Keenon Ogden.

Sponsored by Ocala Breeders' Sales Company (OBS), Tuesday's session was moderated by Caton Bredar and included panelists Phil Hager, Taproot Bloodstock; Chad Schumer, Schumer Bloodstock Agency; Gayle Van Leer, Gayle Van Leer Thoroughbred Services; and Tod Wojciechowski, director of sales, OBS.

Highlights of the webinar include how to read five-cross pedigrees and catalog pages, the importance of a horse's female family and conformational flaws and how they can affect a horse's potential as a racehorse. Additionally, conversation included the role of veterinarians in sales inspection, selection and purchases, the importance of a good airway and the different tools available to assist in the purchasing process.

The next session of the virtual owner conference is a veterinary panel and will be held on Tuesday, May 10, at 2 p.m. ET. Sponsored by Mersant International LTD and OCD Pellets, the session will be moderated by Mike Penna of Horse Racing Radio Network and include Dr. Larry Bramlage, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital; Dr. Lisa Fortier, Cornell University; and Dr. Steve Reed, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital.

This year, OwnerView will also host an in-person conference in Saratoga Springs, New York, July 25-26.

Registration information for both the in-person and virtual conferences can be found at

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