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Rivers of Gold – excerpts:part 24

(Inspired in part by jockey Gary Stevens and his call for a horseracing “revolution” in North America this morning, I plan to make this piece the final Rivers of Gold blog.  At least for now.  If readers are hooked I suggest … Continue reading

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Rivers of Gold – excerpts: part 23

The anti-racing legislation in the US was born of a brand of wild west lawlessness: “In the later part of the 19th century the sport had grown so rapidly,” explains William Robertson, “and in such a helter-skelter fashion that it … Continue reading

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Rivers of gold – excerpts: part 22

(Throughout my career as author, feature writer at both North America and Japanese magazines, and editor of the horseracing magazine, I occasionally came across the Jersey Act.  Yet didn’t seem to pertain directly to anything I was writing about, hence, ignored … Continue reading

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Rivers of Gold – excerpts: part 21

( Did you know that Rivers of gold is interactive?  Hence not only easily read on electronic devices like iphones and ipads, but stories come to life: horses and races from days long past.  The idea began with Cigar.  While … Continue reading

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Rivers of Gold – excerpts: part 20

(The first really significant gold strike occurred when I discovered Robert Alexander, the most important horse breeder in the US 150 years ago, sent many of his good horses to Canada during the Civil War.  The next was that the dynamic … Continue reading

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Rivers of Gold – excerpts: part 19

(I still find it extraordinary that British horse breeders turned their backs on Diomed.  But then, no one wanted to buy Northern Dancer.  Perhaps when it comes to seeing the soul of a horse we humans are not always as … Continue reading

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Rivers of Gold – excerpts: part 18

“… Since British horses breeders refused to send their mares to Diomed, Bunbury put the aging stallion up for sale.  Diomed was 21 years old when Colonel Hoomes purchased him for $250.  In horse years 21 is old.  Nonetheless Diomed … Continue reading

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Rivers of Gold – excerpts: part 17

(one of the most amusing, and often humbling, aspects to studying the history of Thoroughbred horses is how many times we humans get it wrong.  The saga of Diomed is a perfect case in point. ) … Diomed’s final victory was a King’s … Continue reading

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Rivers of gold – excerpts: part 16

THE REVENGE OF DIOMED (When I was asked by Thoroughbred Times to write about Canada’s contribution to the gene pool all those years ago, my research took me back several generations.  The article, serialized over 4 issues, was the inspiration for … Continue reading

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Rivers of Gold – excerpts: part 15

(Today we hit one of the most astonishing discoveries in this, the evolution of Canada’s dominant Thoroughbred bloodlines – one that no one would likely have considered in a month of Sundays:  An Underground Railroad for horses) RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME … Continue reading

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