Race Horse. Nijinsky was a British Hall of Fame thoroughbred race horse who won the English Triple Crown in 1970 and who was voted "Horse of the Millenium" in a 2000 poll.
Bred and foaled at Windfields Farm in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, Nijinsky was a son of Northern Dancer, one of the most important sires in the history of thoroughbred racing. His dam was Flaming Page, a Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame inductee.
Nijinsky was sold at a yearling auction to American mining magnate, Charles W. Engelhard, Jr. whose wife gave him the name Nijinsky in honor of the Russian ballet star, Vaslav Fomich Nijinsky. Raced in Europe, Nijinsky was voted Champion 2-year-old in England and Ireland for 1969 and in his Triple Crown season was voted Europe's Horse of the Year.
At the end of 1970 Nijinsky was syndicated for a then world-record price and retired to stud at the renowned Claiborne Farm near Paris, Kentucky. He sired 155 stakes race winners and in 1986 became the only horse in history to sire a winner of both the Kentucky Derby (Ferdninand) and the Epsom Derby (Shahrastani) in the same year.
A motion picture narrated by Orson Welles and titled "A Horse Called Nijinsky" had a theatrical release in 1972 and was made available on video in 1988. Author Lesley I. Sampson's book titled Nijinsky: Blue Riband Sire, was published in 1985.
Nijinsky died in 1992 and was buried at Claiborne Farm.