Day At The Track

Ananz continues to make a name for herself

05:20 AM 25 Nov 2010 NZDT
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The new-born colt foal by Art Major
The new-born colt foal by Art Major

The star juvenile and now consistent performing harness racing mare Ananz has made a mark on both the racetrack and now the breeding barn. On the 14th November 2010 the first foal from the current race mare was born.

A colt by Art Major was the born by the Surrogate Embryo Transplant procedure from a healthy unraced and unnamed standardbred.

Owned and bred by the Cormack Family, Ananz has had a total of 72 race tracks starts for 26 wins and 17 placings for an amazing $467,506 in prizemoney. The incredible record is highlighted early in her racing career when victorious in 19 of her first 22 starts. The multiple group 1 winning daughter of Aces N Sevens has bought joy to the Cormack family on and now off the racetrack with the recent introduction into their growing team of the next potential star.

The new foal is in healthy condition and doing well with the surrogate mother after foaling at Rivergum Lodge, Gawler under the care of studmaster Gary Fryar.

"The surrogate mum is a nice mare and is looking after the new foal really well" expressed studmaster Gary Fryar "The foal is in good health and has got a strong frame about him for his age".

Ananz is currently in the paddock and spelling for another couple weeks before returning to target the Queen of the Pacific and a few other major races outlined by owner Adam Cormack and trainer Peter Manning. The next preparation for the five year old mare is believed to be the last before going to the breeding barn full time and producing the Cormack family a number of future racing winning performers.

"We have not done the embryo transfer procedure again with her as this will be her last season then she can go to stud herself" stated part-owner Adam Cormack.

"Art Major was the boom sire at the time and we wanted to give her every opportunity to produce a nice horse" expressed Cormack "Art Major is a proven two year old producer and Ananz did her best racing at two so hopefully the colt will be able to run early and follow in her mother's footsteps".

The Embryo Transfer Procedure was undertaken with the semen being artificial inseminated into Ananz once the follicle was ready. 8-10 days later a Saline wash out of Ananz uterus was completed to collect the embryo and then the fertile egg was transferred inside a mare ready to receive at a similar cycling period.

Ananz was taken to Ballarat by Manning for the procedure to be undertaken which also allowed her to stay in work and continue racing.

"The procedure enables the mare to stay in work as they only miss one or two days" stated Roseworthy trainer and veterinarian Toby Ryan.

The embryo transfer procedure was advised to the Cormack family by Ann Jacobson a vet in Victoria assuring there would be no difference in the foal than if it was out of Ananz compared to the surrogate mare.

"There has not been enough procedures done out of the top mares to know fully if it is as successful" expressed Ryan "There is slowly starting to be more success with the procedure with the most recent handy two year old Jadahson being an embryo transfer foal out of the smart race mare Jadah Rose".

Aaron BAIN

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