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    Post flow of bloodlines

    Hello,

    In the text below, what does "flow of bloodlines" mean?

    While the number eight is certainly not etched in stone, it does suggest a natural ebb and flow of bloodlines, and prior to the 2007 Derby, the Mr. Prospector line had likewise won eight Kentucky Derbies.

    This text was took from Horse-Canada.com | Your Horse Source | Archives Derby Bloodlines Past & Present

    Please, correct my errors.

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    Re: flow of bloodlines

    Quote Originally Posted by dilermando View Post
    Hello,

    In the text below, what does "flow of bloodlines" mean?

    While the number eight is certainly not etched in stone, it does suggest a natural ebb and flow of bloodlines, and prior to the 2007 Derby, the Mr. Prospector line had likewise won eight Kentucky Derbies.

    This text was took from Horse-Canada.com | Your Horse Source | Archives Derby Bloodlines Past & Present

    Please, correct my errors.
    It means a certain fixed number of pedigrees (bloodlines) of racehorses dominate racing. With each passage of generations, a different bloodline takes its turn at the top (ebb and flow).

    "Ebb and flow" properly applies to the tide going out and coming in regularly.
    Last edited by abaka; 23-Jan-2009 at 21:11. Reason: typos

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    Re: flow of bloodlines

    Hello,

    I understand now. I should have read the text below this way.

    "While the number eight is certainly not etched in stone, it does suggest a natural ebb and flow of bloodlines, and prior to the 2007 Derby, the Mr. Prospector line had likewise won eight Kentucky Derbies. "

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    Re: flow of bloodlines

    Quote Originally Posted by dilermando View Post
    Hello,

    I understand now. I should have read the text below this way.

    "While the number eight is certainly not etched in stone, it does suggest a natural ebb and flow of bloodlines, and prior to the 2007 Derby, the Mr. Prospector line had likewise won eight Kentucky Derbies. "
    Right! Well, now you've seen one more common and rich metaphor. Very good that you quoted the whole sentence.

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