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 physical makeup of our equine warriors. And, at least for the moment, the results of Canada’s Rivers of Gold show no sign of abating.
Roaring Lion, Cartier 2018 Horse of the Year, hails from good hardy Canadian stock. In the family of his sire, Kitten’s Joy, we detect Canadian champions – L’Enjoleur, Fanfreluche and Northern Dancer. Another Canadian champion, Afleet, is in the family tree of Vionnet, dam of Roaring Lion. Natalma, dam of Northern Dancer appears twice – once as dam of Raise the Standard and that of her most famous son.