Rachel Alexandra

Rachel Alexandra is one of those Thoroughbreds that capture the spirit of the sport along with the admiration and devoted fan following that is associated with greatness. Rachel has it all, beauty, class, speed, heart, intelligence and that one intangible that eludes many, charisma. She draws your attention. In recent times, Rachel Alexandra has become one of the most photographed

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Zarkava

The Aga Khan III entered the turf realm in England in the 1920’s when he began to purchase well bred yearling fillies to stock his stable.  He was advised by none other than The Honourable George Lambton, trainer for Lord Derby. Lambton had a very astute eye for yearlings and selected for The Aga many fillies that not only won

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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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Dahlia

In all sports there are individuals who, through their accomplishments, change the sport’s landscape and set the bar for others to follow very high. In the early 1970’s, Dahlia would travel from her French home after achieving success in some very prestigious races to North America, and capture important races on the western continent. Her successes opened the flood gates

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Genuine Risk

The lady charged into the old boys club and beat them on their own turf. Genuine Risk won the 1980 Kentucky Derby, the first filly to do so since Regret won the race in 1915, a sixty-five year drought for female thoroughbreds. In fact when she won the Derby she was the first filly to even attempt the feat in

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Miesque

Stavros Niarchos was one of the more enthusiastic and colourful owner/breeders in Thoroughbred racing during his lifetime. He operated his breeding division out of Haras de Fresnay in France and Oak-Tree Farm in Kentucky, while campaigning his horses in France, England and the U.S. His influential passion for the sport has transcended to his family who are continuing the operation

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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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