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Winners’ circle… lessons learned

Handing over the training of Willie the Kid to Gordon ‘Pete’ McCann didn’t seem a big deal at the time.  Indeed, quite the opposite.  Yet in many ways the experience altered the destiny of Thoroughbred racing, not only in Canada, … Continue reading

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winners’ circle… many years ago

The organizers of my recent talk at the library about Rivers of Gold asked me if I could work in some local history.  And so it was that Mildred Kane, first woman to have her horse win the coveted Kings’ Plate … Continue reading

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Meanwhile back at the Winners’ circle

The winner, in this instance, is Northern Dancer: the legend and his legacy.  While published two decades ago, the book continues to enchant readers… often readers who have little, if any, interest in horse racing. The catalyst for this blog … Continue reading

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winners’ circles of the world… the secret formula

Canada, as I may have mentioned once or a thousand times, has produced some of the most powerful Thoroughbred bloodlines in the world.  Yet Canadians appear reluctant to champion this remarkable achievement. Indeed we might do well to heed the … Continue reading

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Rivers of Gold…launched

It seems somehow appropriate that Rivers of Gold would be launched amid wild weather conditions.  As I delved further and further into researching and writing the story I felt as if I was being carried along by the sheer force … Continue reading

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Rivers of Gold: the launch

How exciting to launch Rivers of Gold at the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame this Sunday amid all the installations celebrating Canada’s remarkable horses and their humans… and on Canadian International day. Writing Rivers of Gold was incredibly challenging.  … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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what would Eddie Taylor do?

Often when mired in indecision I ask myself “what would Eddie Taylor do?”  And am immediately rewarded with memories of the man’s eternal and cheerful optimism. When he set out to breed great horses in Canada his Kentucky friends, to … Continue reading

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Windfields memories …

Most weeks I post a ‘Dancer of the week on the “Northern Dancer: legend and legacy” Facebook site.  This past week I was drawn to the mare You’resothrilling via her offspring, a filly named Happily.  It wasn’t long before I … Continue reading

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Windfields Farm .. memories

Beyond riding around the estate and surrounding area with Eddie Taylor, some of my most favourite Windfields memories were the times I spent with his wife, Winnifred.  She was charming, intelligent, gracious, all the while blessed with a wicked sense … Continue reading

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