Dance Smartly

In Thoroughbred Racing certain horses naturally stand out more prominently than others and leave a lasting memory that never fades with time. I had the pleasure to watch on many occasions perhaps the greatest Canadian filly to grace the sport. Dance Smartly had it all. Great looks, a powerful pedigree, wonderful connections, and an air of class that just demanded

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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 most 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 feminine 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 US. 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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Winning Colors

Winning Colors is the last of three fillies to win the Kentucky Derby. This we all who follow Thoroughbred racing know. She won the race in 1988 beating a stellar field which included Forty Niner and Risen Star, the winner of the other two Triple Crown races that year. Now even though Winning Colors was registered as a roan, she

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Mumtaz Mahal

Mumtaz Mahal was bred in 1921 by Lady Sykes of Sledgmere. Mumtaz Mahal is by The Tetrarch – Lady Josephine by Sundridge. She was brilliantly fast, and had a powerful build in keeping with her sire, and also much of his colouring since “Mumty”, as she was known to the staff who handled her, had some of the blotchy spots of white

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