Saturday, June 6, 2015, millions of people across the world were glued to their TV screens watching the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes. 37 years had passed before a horse won the Triple Crown…Kentucky Derby, Preakness and the Belmont Stakes horse races. Need I say it was thrilling to see American Pharaoh win the mile and one-half race from pole to pole. The purse for first place was $800,000; the jockey and trainer each get 10% of the winning purse. The owner, Ahmed Zayat of Egypt, the owner may have other bills that will lessen the total winning sum. As horse races go…I would like to think most people viewing the race were cheering for American Pharaoh to win. The American public has always liked a winner. Speaking of Mr. Zayat…did you take notice of his hair? The way it was cut, glued down and pure white…makes me think, possibly he wears a wig. It would be interesting to know if he wakes up each morning with that mop of hair (if his) and has a valet comb it into place. Next to the winning horse…his hair style was the most interesting part of this horse race. The verbal description of the race was extremely hard to follow due to the 90,000 participants and their noise in cheering the horses on in that race to the finish line. This brings me to the genes we inherit from our for-bearers. That American Pharaoh was blessed with inherited genes that gave him the stamina and will to finish all three races before the combined horses in each race. This bodes well for his future as a horse to serve purely as a stud, impregnating other mares, whose owners are willing to pay the exorbitant stud fee American Pharaoh will command. As with humans…while perhaps 1 in 6000 will live to the century mark of 100 years…we have no idea how many of the thousands of horses who have been bred to winners of horse races in the past in hope of inheriting their genes. It seldom works out that way…the human genome system will skip siblings. It will often skipping the generations of horses bred for that purpose. The foals bred for that one purpose will usually command prices far above the average horse. As humans, we do not look at the gene pool in our relationships…the breeding of thoroughbred race horses is followed with a distinct line of who were their for-bearers. Prodigies in all life…is a matter of pure luck in inherited genes. Human or animal.