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Queen’s Plate Hopeful Dun Drum Brings Connections Full Circle

Long-time friends and business associates, Joan Addison and Ian Black, have teamed up to aim the Thoroughbred colt Dun Drum for the Queen’s Plate.

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By: Jennifer Morrison |

Queen’s Plate hopeful Dun Drum has brought Joan Addison and Ian Black together again 50 years after they teamed up to win the Prince of Wales Trophy. The tiny snapshots are faded, but the memories are bright. The images are of a 20-something Black putting the tack on a horse named Golden Storm and riding him to the post for steeplechase races that were held in the Toronto area more than 50 years ago. In one photo, Black and Golden Storm and owner Addison are being presented with the Prince of Wales Trophy, a notable race at the Toronto North York Hunt Club. Those were fun and fleeting times early in the career of Black, who went on to manage some of the biggest thoroughbred stables in Canada before turning to training in 2005. Addison had her own riding horses but the extent of her involvement in racing was limited…

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