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Edward Plunket Taylor was a brewery magnate, financier, and legendary entrepreneur who was one of Canada's richest men. A world figure in Thoroughbred racing and breeding, E. P.'s business approach to the sport would come to shape modern Thoroughbred racing, not only in Canada but worldwide. 

He exuded brilliance from the moment he first set foot on a racetrack. He pummeled his opposition in front-running style, sprinting hard from the gate and daring his rivals to catch him. A brave few dared to challenge him, but none were able to lower his colors.

Bob Baffert describes racing as a “game of hopes and dreams.”

His hopes were realized long ago when he left behind a ranch in Nogales, Ariz., where his family raised cattle and chickens, to establish himself as one of the finest trainers of all time. That lofty status does not keep him from dreaming of future successes.

“We’re always looking at those 2-year-olds coming up,” said Baffert, 66.

The year 1969 was one of those special years that produced several outstanding 3-year-olds.  

One was royalty.

Another was a champion.

“You don’t go out and buy a horse like that. You don’t go out and breed it. You just look up and there he is.”

That is how eloquently trainer Billy Turner spoke when he described Seattle Slew during a 2013 interview. Even in allowing the imagination to run wild, it would be hard to conceive of a tale as magnificent as that of Seattle Slew, the only horse to win the Triple Crown while undefeated.

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