“The blood runs hot in the Thoroughbred and the courage runs deep. In the best of them, pride is limitless. This is their heritage and they carry it like a banner. What they have, they use.” ~C.W. Anderson. Thoroughbred mare pictured, Grand Eloquence. After a racing career and time as a broodmare in Lexington, Kentucky, “Elle”, our chestnut beauty, now enjoys life at a barn in Barnesville, Maryland. While not pictured here, Elle has a “prophet’s thumbprint” which looks like an indentation on her neck the size of a large fingerprint. It is believed that a horse with such a mark is outstanding, to be treasured, as well as lucky, as it is allegedly a descendant of one of the five broodmares that the Prophet Mohammed particularly treasured and marked with his own thumbprint. The legend goes that Prophet Mohammed tested his horses by depriving them of water for several days. He then released them and before they reached the water, called for them. Only five mares responded to his call and returned to him. These were the mares that he kept for breeding and marked by pressing his thumb into their necks, creating an indentation, which was passed along to offspring. Horses bearing the mark are said to be blessed. We agree.