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Rivers of Gold – excerpts: part 12

(When we moved the riding horses from Windfields Toronto estate to the Oshawa farm, they were housed in a loafing shed just across the lane from the mares.  Indeed, long-time farm manager, Peter Poole, made every effort to ensure the riding … Continue reading

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Rivers of Gold – excerpts: part 11

(This chapter is titled “CANADA, HOME OF THE HARDIER HYBRID”  And, for me, this is when things really started to get interesting.  The pieces were falling into place.  Much to my absolute delight I began to understand how Canada and … Continue reading

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Rivers of Gold – excerpts: part 10

(Not dissimilar to the actual writing of a book, this blog appears to be setting its own course:  part excerpts, and part diary of long-distance writing.  For me its like watching a home movie as I recall various turning points along the … Continue reading

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Rivers of Gold – excerpts: part 9

(My interest in genetics was born, in no small part, of necessity.  The thing, of course, that distinguishes the Thoroughbred from other horse breeds is nervous energy.  Many years ago my friend, Judy Mappin, and I found ourselves with a horse who’s … Continue reading

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Rivers of Gold – excerpts: part 8

(researching and writing Rivers of Gold I was dragged further and further back in time…eventually, all the way back to the very origins of the Thoroughbred.  Back to Charles II who was determined to improve the quality of his running horses.) … Continue reading

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Rivers of Gold – excerpts: part 7

(My backstretch press credentials to the Breeders’ Cup, hence behind-the-scenes access to the crème de le crème of Thoroughbreds, was akin to backstage passes to the most awesome rock concert.  To be in the presence of Cigar as he went about … Continue reading

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Rivers of Gold: excerpts – part 6: Cigar, superstar

(where my other books had a specific focus: E.P. Taylor was about the man and his horses; Northern Dancer chronicles our great Canadian champion;  Dark Horse: tackles the mystery behind the great stallion, Nearctic; Horse and Tiger stars the magnificent Nijinsky and … Continue reading

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Rivers of Gold – excerpts -part 5: Cigar

(the marvelous thing about a lifetime of writing about horses, is the opportunity to revisit and relive the excitement generated by these extraordinary animals.  Cigar was one of my equine heroes and even today, all these years later, I find it … Continue reading

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