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 Northern Dancer

Northern Dancer

Birth
Oshawa, Durham Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Death 16 Nov 1990 (aged 29)
Chesapeake City, Cecil County, Maryland, USA
Burial Oshawa, Durham Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Memorial ID 13349221 · View Source
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Race Horse. He is considered the 20th Century's Greatest Sire. As a colt, he was small and stocky in stature, ornery with a mischievous disposition. Unwanted and sold for $25,000 as a yearling in 1962, he became the first Canadian-bred horse to win the Kentucky Derby in 1964. He went on to win the Preakness Stakes of Baltimore and showed in the Belmont of New York. His record of 14 wins in 18 starts, two seconds, and two thirds earned him the title as Champion Thoroughbred 3-year-old of 1964 and Horse of the Year in Canada. In retirement, he became the greatest stud horse in history, worth over $40 million by 1981. To date, it is estimated that his bloodlines extend to 50 to 70 per cent of all thoroughbred horses. He earned his place in Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, one of only three non-human entries and was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Frame in 1976.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 15 Feb 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 13349221
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Northern Dancer (27 May 1961–16 Nov 1990), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13349221, citing Windfields Farm, Oshawa, Durham Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada ; Maintained by Find A Grave .