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Rivers of Gold – next chapter

Researching the book Rivers of Gold I became fascinated by the genetic makeup of today’s great champion Thoroughbreds.  I particularly enjoyed discovering the Canadian horses – some famous, some not – that play a role in forming the disposition and … Continue reading

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Accelerate and Canadian content

While Enable’s victory in the Breeders Cup Turf surely was the defining moment at this year’s equine extravaganza, Accelerate’s win in the Classic was a great achievement, and on many fronts. But it sure wasn’t a shoe-in.  Initially the chestnut … Continue reading

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Enable – gift from the horse gods and goddesses

Enable’s stretch run in the Breeders Cup Turf surely left we mere mortals gasping for air.  She is grand.  She is elegant.  She is courageous beyond measure.  Surely a gift from the horse gods and goddesses. We all knew going … Continue reading

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Wonderful Winx

She did it!   Winx handily added her 4th Cox Plate to her astonishing record. And watching the crowds go wild in the presence of Winx I am reminded of something I wrote many years ago about Northern Dancer.  He was, … Continue reading

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magical horse

Talismanic.   With his four white stockings and the massive blaze, he surely is a ‘showstopper.’  His name means “producing magical results.”  And he certainly looks magical. Last year’s Breeders Cup turf champion, Talismanic is slated to return to North … Continue reading

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amazing horse stories

Some horses simply ‘fill your eye.’  In the case of Shamardal, he also embodies the most extraordinary saga. I was lured into the world of Shamardal by Sheika Reika, winner of the recent E.P.Taylor stakes.  This led to looking at … Continue reading

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the mighty Winx: and why I envy Australians

The mighty Winx has just powered her way to yet another victory – 28 consecutive – but who’s counting?  My Australian friends are following her from track to track, with total devotion… and awe.  And I am totally jealous. I … Continue reading

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Instagrand and Nearctic

Instagrand won his first race by 10 lengths.  His second by 10-1/4.  And punters were backing him to win the Breeders’ Cup.  Instead his owner, Larry Best, put the two year-old colt out to pasture for the rest of the … Continue reading

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Fathers Day and sire of the century

As all the excitement and controversy around Justify’s Belmont victory abates and Father’s Day looms it seems appropriate to delve further into the grand chestnut colt’s heritage.  At the top of the list has to be Nearctic.  Indeed the aristocratic, … Continue reading

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Justify and Canada’s ‘Rivers of Gold’

Justify, needless to say, has renewed my mission to champion Canadian-bred horses.  His lineage is brimming with some of the very best Thoroughbreds this country has produced.  And a lot of them: Nearctic, Northern Dancer, Flaming Page, Nijinsky, Windfields, Victoriana, … Continue reading

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