Featured Image: U.S. Triple Crown winner Affirmed’s monument and grave, Darley Stud at Jonabell, Lexington, Kentucky
Photo Kurt Lemke ©2013
I’m guilty as charged; and equally deluded? Naively I thought I could produce a well-researched and informed history on thoroughbred breeding in the Hunter Valley. At very short notice and limited resources I had already published a ‘quick fix’ histoire for a particular purpose. I decided to expand this tome.
It’s an overworked ‘truism’ in veterinary science that you miss more ‘by not looking rather than by not knowing’. When I really started to look I discovered a plethora of already published information which I would only have repeated; possibly in a different format. Addicted as I am ‘to plunder, plagiarize and purloin’ it was inviting. However I rejected the tempting tendrils of Lucifer and elected to stay ‘clean’.
The ‘Thoroughbred Heritage’ website is up there with Ian Ibbett’s ‘Kings of the Turf’ when it comes to eclectic dialogue, colourful description and scientific discovery.
The series of ‘blogs’ I adduce are all based on facts I have gleaned from these and a few other founts. I identify the source documents in each case. Learning to properly navigate the home page of ‘Thoroughbred Heritage’ website was my inaugural hurdle. From there it is a litany of literature; much of it pertaining to the unique Australian story. Let the journey begin.