Monthly Archives: May 2018

Justify-able boasting

US Senator Bernie Sanders’ suggestion that we Canadians need to learn to boast a bit is not as easy as it sounds. Since winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, there have been any number of articles analyzing Justify’s bloodlines.  And … Continue reading

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Justify and a bit of magic

The road to Justify began a long time ago, likely back to the days when, as a child, John Gunther was dispatched to live on an Alberta ranch.  There his life long fascination with horses began with a team of … Continue reading

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Justify-ably proud

Justify, Kentucky Derby winner, is clearly made of the ‘right stuff.’  Not only do his mighty  ancestors include Canadian stalwarts Deputy Minister, Storm Bird, and Nijinsky – indeed Nijinsky appears 3 times – but his breeders, John and Tanya Gunther, … Continue reading

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now to Newmarket, England and more Canadian pride

Of the 14 of UK/Europe’s very best colts lining up in the starting stalls at the historic Newmarket course on Saturday, how many are direct descendants of Canada’s Northern Dancer?  All of them! No horse in the long and colourful … Continue reading

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the ‘Dancer, the Derby, and the Canadian hardiness factor

On the first Saturday in May 1964 a very leg-weary Northern Dancer stood in the winners’ circle at Churchill Downs, a blanket of red roses strewn across his withers.  In that instant he became Canada’s Horse and we Canadians (uncharacteristically) … Continue reading

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