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OTTB: Brandenburg

Tracking down the history of a retired thoroughbred racehorse can sometimes yield intriguing results. For almost 14 years, the big dark bay gelding living with Dr. Pamela Angle and her family in King, ON was believed to be Brandenburg, a Windfields Farm-bred son of Northern Dancer’s great son The Minstrel. Indeed, when Dr. Angle and her family purchased the horse from Cynthia Frise those years ago, that was the gelding’s name. Cathy McEwin, who is currently looking after Brandenburg at her CAM Equestrian Centre in Mt. Albert, had looked up the horse’s name in a racing database and believed the gelding, thought to be 29 this year, was in fact a Windfields graduate. While digging into the classy old-timer’s history, however, it was found that Brandenburg was the show name given to him by Frise and the horse’s racing name was Noble Bill. Oh, and he turned 32 this year.…

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