The esophagus is a muscular tube connecting the throat (pharynx) with the stomach. The esophagus is about 8 inches long, and is lined by moist pink tissue called mucosa. The esophagus runs behind the windpipe (trachea) and heart, and in front of the spine. Just before entering the stomach, the esophagus passes through the diaphragm.
The upper esophageal sphincter (UES) is a bundle of muscles at the top of the esophagus. The muscles of the UES are under conscious control, used when breathing, eating, belching, and vomiting. They keep food and secretions from going down the windpipe.
MIKE McMAHON AND JAMIE HILL have always had a taste for horses and bourbon. Both hail from
families with pedigrees in Thoroughbreds: Mike’s parents own McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds while Hill’s were the co-owners of 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew. The younger generation formed McMahon & Hill Bloodstock in 2001 and less than a decade later inaugurated the racing
syndicate Bourbon Lane Stable and the pinhooking syndicate Spruce Lane. All of their runners are given names that include the word “bourbon,” so it is no shock that McMahon and Hill have also decided to get into the business of spirits.