L’Alezane

L’Alezane was a gorgeous chestnut filly with a flaxen mane and tail. She was purchased as a yearling by Jean-Louis Levesque from E.P Taylor’s consignment at the 1976 Saratoga sales. The price was a very respectable $101,000, and came back to Canada to be trained by John “Yonnie” Starr. Levesque appropriately named her L’Alezane which translates to “The Chestnut” in

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La Prevoyante

Throughout the nineteen sixties and seventies Jean-Louis Levesque was one of the more successful owners/breeders in Canadian racing. He built his racing stable with astute purchases of yearlings bred by E.P. Taylor when he began his foray into racing. From many of the yearling fillies he purchased, Levesque bred them to first class stallions once they became broodmares. He campaigned

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Deputy Minister

Thoroughbred racing in Canada during the first half of the twentieth century was a parochial, haphazard, but rather colourful enterprise. The tracks and facilities were rundown and not up to a good standard. The sport was marred by short tracks and short tempered owners. There was very little investment by the turf elite for top bloodstock, nor for better facilities.

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Fanfreluche

Horses can lead colourful and memorable lives, just as humans can. In the grand history of the Thoroughbred there have been many such individuals. Perhaps one of the more intriguing females in this corner is the life of the great Canadian champion Fanfreluche. Fanfreluche was a champion on the track, a champion broodmare and is in the Canadian Racing Hall

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Nearctic

Nearctic was the result of influential Canadian E. P. Taylor’s quest to acquire the best bloodlines in the world and breed champions in his native land. Taylor purchased his dam Lady Angela, in 1952 through George Blackwell, a top agent of the British Bloodstock Agency who Taylor instructed to find him the best mare available. Lady Angela was the best

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Ballade

The name of Ballade and her progeny have been frequently mentioned in various articles on this web-site. Her sire is Herbager, a very handsome stallion imported from France by Bull Hancock. The dark bay son of Vandale became a very successful stallion at Claiborne Farm. Herbager won six of eight races with one second place against the best of his generation.

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No Class

Thoroughbred naming can be a challenging pre-occupation for owners. Some go with a combination of the names of the sire and dam, some are named in honour of family members, while some are cleverly named with a tongue-in-cheek brand of humour, or personal meaning. No Class was named combining part of her sire’s name Nodouble and the name of her

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Nijinsky

Northern Dancer’s first crop of foals were exciting, containing ten stakes winners from only twenty-one foals. His second crop would establish him as an emerging sire of worldwide significance. Northern Dancer was bred to champion Flaming Page, a daughter of Windfields stallion Bull Page, in his first year at stud but the mare was a good full hand taller. Northern

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