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Profile: Went the Day Well

Went the Day Well (Eclipse Sportswire)

Went the Day Well shows the very rare ability to adapt to whatever situation he is in, and that’s a great quality. This horse has some grit, but he doesn’t waste emotional energy.

He broke poorly in his American debut, but right away I could see he was moving with conviction. He showed a good release on the backstretch. He didn’t get attached to horses behind him.

He was back in the pack in that race, and he almost ran like a gelding or more like a filly would run, taking in the group dynamic. He seems to be very happy letting the herd develop in front of him and then work his way through. I see him eyeballing the herd in front of him, figuring them out. That’s very typical of the way some high-level female horses move with a herd.

In his maiden win he showed me a lot of tactical ability. He had no problem moving into space, and he showed a lot of presence. Again, he moves with authority.

Went the Day Well took another step forward in the Vinery Spiral. Turning for home as he took the lead, he was managing horses on each side of him, and he released them almost simultaneously in the stretch run. That is a sign of a very strong emotional conformation profile. He is absolutely at the top levels of herd dynamic. There is no doubt about that.

He responds to every situation he is put in favorably. He shows perhaps the most diverse patterns of motion in this field. I like him a lot.

Went the Day Well is yet to face a super-high herd dynamic opponent, but from what I have seen from him so far, this horse is not going to back down.

Went the Day Well also shows great time-in-motion skills. I think he could run efficiently for a long ways. Distance favors this horse. If the other horse get tired or make mistakes, he should be there to take advantage.

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Author PhotoKerry Thomas is a groundbreaking researcher of behavioral genetics in horses. He created emotional conformation profiling, which measure’s the mental and emotional capacities of the equine. Horse owners around the world use him to profile and unlock the minds of their horses both in training and pre-purchase evaluations. Thomas’ work in the field of equine behavioral genetics has pioneering applications in all the sport horse industries, including Thoroughbred racing and breeding. Please visit his website for more information. (Author photo: Mary Buckley) More by  ›