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One of the most astounding and excellent race horses seen in the history of mankind is - "Northern Dancer".
Born in May, 1961, the bay colored stallion was the first outstanding Canadian born and bred horse to win some of the major title such as the Kentucky Derby and Florida Derby in 1964.
Owned by Canada's first entrepreneur and beer baron - Edward P. Taylor, Northern Dancer not only proved to be the finest stud at Taylor's Windfield's farm, Ontario but also made his owner proud by creating many milestones in his two years of amazing and the most influential career in horse racing.
His brilliant fourteen wins out of eighteen races he ran is not only substantial but also astonishing, which made him earn several titles including the two most prestigious awards - The Canadian Horse of the year and U.S. Champion - 3 year old Colt in 1964. His superb win in seven out of the nine starting races made him bag the highly esteemed Canadian Juvenile Championship, which made him an important horse in the eyes of all the horse lovers in the entire racing fraternity besides ruling every Canadian heart
Some of his major win includes the Coronation Futurity Stakes, Remsen Stakes and Summer Stakes in 1963 then Flamingo and Preakness Stakes in 1964, followed by his record breaking win in the Kentucky Derby. Next, the Flamingo Derby and then finally the Queen's Plate which eventually ended his racing career in the same year.
Besides being the extraordinary horse of his era, Northern Dancer is considered and has been named as the most successful sire of the 20th Century. For which again he has earned two of the major prominent awards - Leading Sire in North America in 1970 and Leading Sire in Great Britain and Ireland in 1970,1977,1983 and 1984.
He has sired 147 stake winners and all his sired sons such as El Gran Senor, Nijinsky, Storm Bird, Danzing, Be my Guest, Fairy King, Lyphard, Nureyev became truly highly outstanding sires. Smarty Jones who won the 2002 Kentucky Derby and Big Brown who won the 2008 Kentucky Derby are both great great grandson of this highly amazing sire of all times.
For his glorious performance and magnificent contribution in the racing history by producing multiple champions, he has been voted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1965. Again, in 1976 he was included both in Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and United States Racing Hall of Fame for his exalted and bravura performance in his career both in racing and breeding
After the sad demise of this classic horse in November 1990, Northern Dancer was memorialized at Windfield's Farm in Oshawa, Ontario in Canada. There is also a bronze statue at Woodbine Race Track in Toronto in his memory
For his excellency and splendid contribution towards Canadian Sports, the Canadian Post honored the horse in 1999 by posting his image on a postage stamp.
Northern Dancer - The Classic Horse proved not only as the most influential winner of all times but also emerged as an highly esteemed creature which now the world reckons as a legend!