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Tesio: In His Own Words
By Federico Tesio · E-Book Format
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Own Thoughts on Breeding a Winning Racehorse
Federico Tesio (1869-1954) is the most successful
breeder of Thoroughbreds in the history of racing. The horses he bred at
his Dormello Stud on the banks of Lake Maggiore in northern Italy
continue to have a genetic impact on Thoroughbreds around the world.
What is so remarkable about Tesio's success is that he was not a man of
great wealth. He maintained a small band of inexpensive broodmares that
the "experts" considered modestly bred. He rarely patronized fashionable
sires and stood no stallions of his own. Yet the "Wizard of Dormello"
turned out the likes of Ribot and Nearco, two horses who remain
prominent in the pedigrees of today's most successful racehorses.
This new, faithful translation of Tesio's 1947 work Puro Sangue -
Animale da Esperimento (The Pure Blood - An Animal of
Experimentation) captures every idea and nuance of the original Italian
text. In it, the reader will find this great breeder's own views on
genetics and the Thoroughbred as a hybrid, what he looks for in the
first 64 ancestors of a horse's pedigree, why heavily-raced horses
rarely produce successful offspring, and more. He also shares his "Law
of Changeable Maximums" and "Law of Similar but not Identical."
Federico Tesio has been the envy of racehorse breeders for generations.
Now Tesio: In His Own Words can help unlock the secrets to his