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Winx!! Wow!!

Watching Winx claim her 33rd consecutive victory this past weekend reminded me of that time long, long ago when I first became enchanted with Thoroughbreds. The horse was Northern Dancer, Winx’s great-great grandsire.   When Canada’s courageous and determined colt flew … Continue reading

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horses of character: Thunder Snow

Watching Thunder Snow refuse to yield in those final demanding strides of the Dubai World Cup last weekend had me thinking about Northern Dancer.  Of course our great Canadian hero is found many times in Thunder Snow’s family tree.  And … Continue reading

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Silver Deputy – deputized

Not long after I set out to write Northern Dancer’s biography I drove to Maryland to spend time with our great Canadian hero.  Sitting on the grass doing little else but watching him for hours on end provided valuable insights … Continue reading

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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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