Kelso’s breeding is the happy result of a deliberate outcross, Mrs. du Pont explained. “You see, Maid of Flight is American, while Your Host is English.” Pursued, in extenso, this comes to hybrid vigor. A. B. Hancock refers to hybrid vigor as the “greatest ally the breeder can have in producing topnotch racehorses,” though it would seem detrimental at stud. But neither Your Host nor Maid of Flight is inbred, so what the Wilmington sportswoman has done is pursue the fromula exploited so successfully by James R. Keene and Col. E. R. Bradley, who crossed native and imported lines. This is probably as commendable a pattern as any if one’s object is to maintain a private stud and stable. .
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I think Heinz also used the weather as an indicator. “In the distance you could hear the roar of the crowd in the grandstand, but beyond it and above it you could hear thunder and see the occasional flash of lightning.” This sentence tells you the doctor is about to receive confirmation to put down the horse. The thunder and lightning are not symbols of good news (depending on how you look at it too, some could say putting the horse down is good news so it won’t suffer from the injury.) But the rain also started falling faster as they prepared to kill the horse, another sign of doom.