Color Scheme Badly Disorganized: Freak of Nature Makes Lieut. Cochrans Weanlings Reverse of What They Should Be., Daily Racing Form, 1918-11-09


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COLOR SCHEME BADLY DISORGANIZED Freak of Nature Makes Lieut Cochrans Weanlings Reverse of What They Should Be Now York November S Though freaks are often found in the breeding of thoroughbreds hereditary traits and colors usually dominate There have been instances however where everything interned in a foal is entirely different from anticipations As an illustration at Lieut Gifford Cochrans Runnymeade Farm Mt Kisco X Y theVe arc two weanlings whose colors belie their parentage to a marked degree degreeIn In the early days of this year Livonia foaled a filly by His Majesty A few days later Pretty Maiden foaled a colt by the same sire Livonia is a chestnut marc and Pretty Maiden a brown The natural deduction would be that the foals would re ¬ semble rtheir dams somewhat in color but the two youngsters are just the opposite as Livonias off ¬ spring is a brown and Pretty Maidens a chestnut chestnutTo To look at the four as they roam around the pad ¬ dock one immediately concludes that Lavonia is the dam of the chestnut youngster as it resembles her absolutely in coloa while Lavonias filly is a rep ¬ lica of Pretty Maiden being a beautiful brown with white markings markingsThe The colors and markings of the two foals are absolutely the reverse to tradition Mr Evans who has charge of the farm is amused when the sug ¬ gestion is made that the two foals might have be ¬ come confused in transit or a mistake made in the registration but such is not the case caseIt It was as much of a surprise to me as anyone else to note the color of these two foals said he I expected a chestnut from Livonia though she gave us a black colt in The Finn but I was more surprised to see a chestnut foal from Pretty Maiden which is a decided brown the same color as His Majesty the sire sireHOWE HOWE IS MUCH INTERESTED INTERESTEDAV AV II Rowe who looks after the breeding inter ¬ ests of Lieut Cochrans establishment is much interested in these two foals owing to the freak iii color While he can trace the color strains in Li ¬ vonia she having thrown the black horse The Finn by Ogden and through the sire His Majesty a brown horse lie attributes the chestnut colt of Pretty Maidens possibly to the latters associations With Livonia while in the paddocks paddocksThese These two mares arc great pals says Mr Rowc and fret considerably when separated Karely is one more than a few yards away from the other In fact they are inseparable anil if the one is absent for a few moments the other will cut up all sorts of capers and raise the dickens in the search for her pal There1 really seems to bo an affinity of feeling between the two that may have caused the extraordinary likeness of Pretty Maidens colt to Livonia There certainly is no recorded or ocular reason why the extraordinary similarity should exist existThis This is not the first time that such results have occurred but this is the one of most recent date and leads one to believe that there is something beyond tile knowledge of science that enters into the proposition The ordinary layman does not know the almost human interest between two old broodmares who have sworn to be pals on the farm They make as much of eacli other in their way as do human beings Karely do they stray from each other and should one be led away for any purpose the other follows so closely that it is work some ¬ times to get them apart and the one left in the lot will stick her head over the fence and almost squeal for her pal to be brought back This case of reverse coloring of Livonia anil Pretty Maiden and their foals is one of the most distinct that has ever been brought to my attention I doubt if there is a horseman in the country who Would not swear that Pretty Maiden is the dam of the Livonia filly and the latter the dam of the Pretty Maiden colt the similarity of color being so marked markedI I think Lieut Cochran will be unusually inter ¬ ested in the careers of these two foals and will note their dispositions minutely to see if they are of as great distinction as the similarity in colors for if it is possible to create color by association it might also be possible to imbue disposition to complete the job

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