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Sole Survivors

When 16-year-old Cody Sturgess laid eyes on a two-year-old bay Thoroughbred filly 10 years ago that was proving too slow for the racetrack, it was love at first sight. Cody loaded her onto a trailer and brought her home to his family’s small farm in Utica, ON. Little did he know that the horse, Imperial Melody (by My Imperial Slew out of Golden Melody), would be a game-changer. A decade later they’d make their four-star debut on the formidable Rolex Kentucky course and be the only Canadian pair to successfully complete the track, finishing 34th of 71 starters. Cody, 26, was exposed to horses virtually since birth. On his first day home from the hospital, his mother, Susan, took him to the barn while she tended to her purebred Arabians. “I’ve always been around horses and I caught the bug. It was definitely from my mom’s influence, but she never…

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