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Northern Dancer

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Northern Dancer became the greatest stud horse in history after an accomplished race history of his own.

In the early 1960s the famed Windfields Farm of Oshawa, Ontario, bred a horse called Northern Dancer. As a colt, he was small and stocky in stature, and ornery and mischievous by disposition. An auction buyer refused to take him, even for free, but breeder E.P. Taylor stuck by him and the colt nobody wanted revealed the bravest heart in racing history.

Unwanted for $25,000 as a yearling in 1962, he became champion of the most sought-after crown in thoroughbred racing in 1964 – the first Canadian-bred horse to win the Kentucky Derby. He went on to win the Preakness Stakes of Baltimore, and nearly won the Belmont of New York. His seven wins earned him the title of champion 3-year-old of 1964.

On retirement, Northern Dancer became the greatest stud horse in history, worth over $40 million by 1981. Today, it is estimated that his bloodlines extend to 50 to 70 per cent of all thoroughbred horses. Northern Dancer earned his place in Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, one of only three non-human entries.

Northern Dancer of Oshawa, Ontario. An indelible Footprint on the playing fields of Canada.