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34 WINTER 2014 K KEENELAND.COM embracing the bluegrass W inter in Central Kentucky is the season people ship themselves and their horses to warmer climes in the Carolinas and Florida to wait out the ice and chill until the daffodils poke out of the ground to signal spring is close. That's all relative, though, especially if your home base is Calgary and the prairieland of Western Canada. To Jim and Susan Hill, the Lexington area is downright balmy across the win- ter months, and they are undertaking big plans to make the Bluegrass accommodating to both Thoroughbreds and humans year round. The Hills (not to be confused with Jim and Sally Hill, co-owners of the legendary Seattle Slew) entered Thoroughbred ownership a decade ago and have embraced racing with the en- thusiasm of young lovers. Buying yearlings at Keeneland and racing about 50/50 in Canada and the States, the Hills have been rewarded for their passion with grade II winners Grand Arch, Solid Appeal, and Tizahit, and grade III victors Sharp Sensation and Go Blue Or Go Home. With a few dozen horses in training, the Hills rank in the mid-20s of the owners' standings by purse money earned in North America this year. But an equally important contribution to the sport is their investment in infrastructure around Lexington. This year they bought out their partners in Margaux Farm, outside Midway, and are in the process of constructing a year-round training center there, featuring three train- ing tracks that will enable both clients' horses and their own to stay in Central Kentucky and keep ft over all-weather surfaces.

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