The Italian Almanac

cloned colt

Italian Science - April 15

Most male racehorses are castrated while young, making it impossible to breed from them, but scientists have now cloned a stallion from a castrated champion racehorse for the first time, paving the way for winning thoroughbreds to be recreated forever. The healthy foal, born in Italy, is the first clone to be produced from a sterile animal and is only the second horse clone born.

Both clones were created at the Italian laboratory of Professor Cesare Galli, at Cremona, near Milan. The first, Prometea, a female, was born in 2003 and is now two years old. Yesterday, Prof Galli announced his second success, the birth of Pieraz-Cryozootech, the world’s first stallion clone.

The foal’s "father" was Pieraz, an Arab which won the world endurance race championship in 1994 and 1996. Pieraz-Cryozootech was created from skin cells taken from the former champion using the same technique employed to make Dolly the sheep, the first mammal cloned from an adult cell.