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Laz, or Vic- Last night I was at a Jack and Doe for a dear friend of 30+ years. His Uncle I spoke with whom I know well, used to work at Windfield Farm in Oshawa the during Northern Dancer's 3 Year old year and his first two years at Stud in Oshawa. He is also a professional photographer who has the most rare collection of pictures taken of Northen Dancer. My Friends Uncle is Emanual Mifsud and he was the first one to get any pictures of Northern Dancer on the farm and in his paddock in Black and white. His pictures have been displayed at Woodbine with the Northern Dancer Exhibit in 2011 during the Queen's Plate. We are going to put togther a large volunteer group to raise funds to build a Hall of fame for Northern Dancer and it will be located in Oshawa Ontario. This will include(If possible) all his winning trophy's, Halters, and all the fantastic rare photos of the great little horse. The biggest task we have is having his remains moved to this location and away from that housing development. This is LONG overdue, Canada's Greatest horse deserves this.
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  • Buckpasser · E.P. I, like Sysonby, do not live in Canada, but would be willing to help. · 52 days ago
  • travel_vic · all connected would appreciate the help. BIggest thing is to make the public aware of what is happening. Stiill only a few are aware of the difficulties there in Oshawa · 52 days ago
Linda Rainey coordinating director, informs me that the current exhibit in the hall of fame on Northern Dancer is a video one, located about 30 feet inside the hall on a video monitor hanging down from the ceiling. She also reports that a halter, initially belonging to Wise Dan, and worn by him when he was here for the Mile last year, will go on public auction at our induction gala August 6th at the Etobicoke Converntion Centre. The public is welcome to participate in that auction.
This one is for LAZ- Today was declared Northern Dancer Day in honor of the 50th anniversary of his win in the Blue Grass..... https://twitter.com/keeneland/status/455034696523448320/photo/1
I wrote previously about a member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame who was trying valiently to save some of the graves of original stallions at Winfilelds Farm In Oshawa (birth place of Northern Dancer). I spoke with her today about my posting and she gave me here e-mail address where people can help out with her quest. and/or follow her efforts. Name is mrs. Jenny Bridle...... jenny.bridle@gmail.com
  • MarcelloMarocco · I drove up to the Oshawa area and I am just disgusted that windfield farms is gone and buried. I am extremely saddened that the Taylor family did not recognize the true power and historical value that Windfield farms had. That is like Wiping Claiborne farms off the racing map south of the border. · 556 days ago
He is the first horse that I followed, wished for, and cheered for. I was only 8 years old when I had my Dad put $2 on Northern Dancer to win the Kentucky Derby. He was a great horse - and quite a fan favorite.
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  • travel_vic · There is a Hall of Fame meeting next Tuesday so I will get that address · 562 days ago
  • northport · I know it is in Oshawa, Ontario, about an hour from my house, but it looks like the development is already beginning, or will be soon: http://www.tributecommunities.com/index.cgi?d=allModels&c=5 · 562 days ago
On my way back from Florida I stopped in Cheasapeake peak city md, stopped at Bohemia Stable Mrs. Duponts farm, say Kelso;s and Dancers fathers grave Neartic, then went a short distance down the road to Northern Dancer Way, former Windfields Farm, now Northview and saw Northern Dancers stall, his name iis still on it with a bross sign, pretty awsome
  • buckpasser · Thank you for the nice trip down memory lane. Always a treat to go to the actual farms and see grave markers or stall plaques. Wonderful feeling to be following in the footsteps of giants of the turf. · 778 days ago
How this horse is not a 10 confuses me.
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  • travel_vic · The pride of Oshawa Ontario, this little was all heart and great in the breeding shed · 788 days ago
  • buckpasser · Both Northern Dancer and Native Dancer lost because of rider errors, in my opinion. Hartack completely misjudged the pace in the Belmont and cost Northern Dancer the TC. He would mess up again with Majestic Prince in 1969 allowing again to get caught with a very slow pace. Native Dancer lost the Derby because Guerin took him everywhere but the men's room. He was fouled at least twice and still managed to finishe second. Both deserve better scores. · 788 days ago
almost won the triple crown
well said LAZMANNICK
This incredible little horse won the Kentucky Derby when he was still (technically) only 2 years old! And he ran it faster than any horse had ever run it in history! It took Secretariat another 13 years to break the record. Won Preakness and finished a game 3rd in Belmont to a very good horse ... and he came out of the race with leg problems. His record at stud speaks to just how great he really was!!!
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  • cugel the clever · Not sayin' the Dancer should be higher than 63rd (it's his record as a sire that proves his greatness) but no way HR should be ranked higher than ND. · 921 days ago
  • LAZMANNICK · Lots of inexperiencwed voters on the HRN list. The Bloodhorse top 100 voted on by experts who have been around for a long time voted Northern Dancer 43rd best. Hill Rise didn't make the top 100. · 921 days ago
Northern Dancer could have lost to Chateaugay. How about distance? And anyways, how did Secretariat lose to Onion? Secretariat was the better horse? And how did Seattle Slew lose to Exceller? Seattle Slew was abviuosly better.
  • travel_vic · great advice Shug once told to an interviewer: "I was told that once you go over there (the track) you are going to lose and once you understand that, you can better work in this game." These are no machines but flesh and blood subject to variation of effort and if the pace and racing luck are not there, one will not get their photo taken in the winner's circle, guaranteed. · 1002 days ago
i really have enjoyed watching the replays of this great horse
Northern Dancer won 14 of 18 starts. Small colt. Lost Triple Crown bid to Chateauguay in 1964.
  • CauseForConcern · How could ND lose to Chateaugay in the TC, when both had won the Ky Derby? · 1025 days ago
  • LAZMANNICK · Nice that you bring the Dancer up Gary, but when it came to the 1964 Belmont it’s possible you meant Quadrangle. Chateaugay was a 1963 three year old. Northern Dancer was special as a race horse though wasn’t he? He was the dominant three year old in a deep three year old crop. He lost his first of the season, an allowance prep to Chieftain, Tom Rolfe’s half brother. Then he beat Chieftain by 7 lengths in his next, a special exhibition race before emphatically winning the Flamingo, an allowance, the Florida Derby and the Bluegrass. He went into the Derby as a close second choice to Hill Rise, California’s top three year old, winning it by a neck and then easily winning the Preakness. The Belmont race (run at Aqueduct back then because Belmont Park was under construction) was controversial. For much of the race the Dancer wanted to go to the lead and Bill Hartack chocked him back costing the colt too much energy. When it was time to go on the final turn the Dancer got close to the lead but then faded as Quadrangle and then Roman Brother went by him and he finished third, beaten by 6 lengths. Many think that if Hartack would have let him go, he would have been a TC winner. And it wasn’t like the two that finished ahead of him were long shots. Quadrangle raced in each TC race and though not a factor in the Derby or Preakness, he did win the Jerome and the Wood Memorial before the Derby and later that summer the Travers. It is also interesting to note that between the Preakness and the Belmont he ran in the Met Mile finishing second to Olden Times a top older horse who that year mixed it up with Kelso and Gun Bow. It is also Ironic that Roman Brother would be co-HOY the following year with the filly Moccasin, ending Kelso’s five year HOY streak. · 1025 days ago
NORTHERN DANCER was one of the best horses not only that he was a great race horse but look what he produced ......he is in almost every race horse out there and yes he was a canadian horse
The fact that horses like Northern Dancer, NijinskyII, and Seabird(WHERE IS HE ON THIS LIST#200??) are SO low on this list is a travesty. Not even ONE in the Top ten. No Sea The Stars???, No Zarkava?...All American horses...LOL! Shame
to AuturoLaguna: Northern Dancer won the Kentucky Derby in 1964, when i was in Germany.you have no idea what you were talking about. you probably mixed up with your own thought and thinkings.
Northern Dancer was a Canadian Horse sired bt Nearctric and Natalma , Neartric out of Nearco, Natalma out of Native Dancer,, did you understand my friend AuturoLaguna ? i am not a dumm as you think, more smarter than you.
The competition "Greatest Horse of All Time" should combine both racing career and breeding career. Under these conditions, the best of all time is a no-brainer - Northern Dancer. Best three-year old on the track in his day and the dominant sire of the 20th century. Truly the sire of champions.
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  • cugel the clever · The title of the contest "Greatest of all Time" is so vague that everyone has every right to include the factors that they consider important. I personally thing that these factors include both racing career and breeding career, because if anything, a horse's breeding career has a far more important impact on its legacy than its racing career. How many stakes winners and champions are direct descendants of Secretariat? In my opinion he is the best racehorse in history when the terms are restricted only to racing career. However, he was an ordinary stallion. As far as comparing Northern Dancer and his maternal grandfather; it's clear that his grandad had a better racing career. However, although Native Dancer had an outstanding career as a sire (after all, the Dancer was one of his offspring); the Dancer had a significantly better record at stud. The Dancer sired 26 champions, 11 outstanding sires, and produced stakes-winning progeny at a rate of 22.8% in his stud career. These are all substantially better records than his grandad and in fact probably qualify the Dancer as the leading sire of sires in thoroughbred history. On your comment about running with Red - no way the Dancer could have run with Red. Despite his greatness as a sire, as a racehorse, he was an "ordinary" champion from a historical perspective. He was vulnerable at 10 furlongs and over. Red would have beat him 9 out 10 times at 10 furlongs and 10 out of 10 at 12 furlongs. Native Dancer is another story - he could have been competitive with Big Red. · 1276 days ago
  • humphrey · greatest sire of the twentieth century? class by himself · 1276 days ago

Northern Dancer - Race Results & Past Performances

Date(Descending)
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View Details10/31/64Northern Dancer1stWO11 1/4 mDQueen's Plate-G1 3+ MNorthern Dancer   
View Details06/13/64Northern Dancer2ndBel11 1/2mDBelmont Stakes-G1 3 MQuadrangleNorthern Dancer  
View Details05/16/64Northern Dancer1stPim11 3/16 mDPreakness Stakes-G1 3 MNorthern DancerThe ScoundrelHill Rise 
View DetailsView Video05/02/64Northern Dancer1stCD81 1/4 mDKentucky Derby-G1 3 MNorthern DancerHill RiseThe Scoundrel2:00.00