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50 Years of Canadian Thoroughbred Magazine

It was March of 1961 when horse racing-mad Don Valliere (later the longtime manager of Fort Erie racetrack) had an idea for a national thoroughbred magazine. “Horsemen and ardent racing fans hold strong views on their favourite sport. It is likely they hold equally strong views on the make-up of a magazine devoted to that sport.” Valliere and John J. Mooney, vice president of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society, collected donations totaling $1,000 from 23 of the most powerful horse people in the business and launched Canadian Horse through Rexwood Publications. Fittingly, if not strangely coincidental, it was just two months later, on May 27, 1961, when the greatest thoroughbred in Canadian history, Northern Dancer, was born. 1960s Incredibly, Mooney’s opening letter in the first issue of Canadian Horse points out issues facing racing in the 1960s that are still prevalent today: “In Canada, we have a great many problems…

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