the Eddie Taylor approach

One of the many things Eddie Taylor taught me was when you set out on any sort of enterprise, everything will invariably take longer, cost more, and be more frustrating than you imagined.

My latest book, Rivers of Gold, is a stellar example.  Initially I thought I’d polish this one off in a few months.  I was, of course, wrong.

Indeed, the first draft of the book was complete and we were engrossed in triple-checking the names of horses when I stumbled upon the story behind the story of Sherriff’s Deputy, dam of the mighty Curlin.  We stopped production and the entire manuscript was put on hold until we could include this part of the saga.

Taylor took these sorts of complications in his stride.  When the project was finally complete and ready to fly, he took great enjoyment in selling whatever it was.  Indeed, I distinctly recall the afternoon he returned from the races at Saratoga where he spent his afternoons selling shares in The Minstrel.  “You’re really going to like this one,” he said. “He’s so much like Northern Dancer…”

It did not bother him that he sold the flashy chestnut colt as a yearling for $200,000, only to pay $4.5 million for a half-interest after The Minstrel won the 1977 English Derby.

Rivers of Gold will be officially launched at the Horse Racing Hall of Fame pavilion at Woodbine, on 15 October, the day of the Pattison Canadian International, the E.P.Taylor Stakes, and the Nearctic Stakes.

With all the beautiful horses, at the track that Eddie built, surrounded by photos and memories of so many of the horses and humans in Rivers of Gold, and in the steps of my mentor, I too will enjoy every minute.

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