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Northern Dancer

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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
A field of 14 horses will go postward today in the 90th running of the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G1). The Toyota Blue Grass is the most famous race at Keeneland, which first ran the stakes on April 29, 1937, closing day of its inaugural Spring Meet.Read More
It's fun to imagine the possibilities of what you would do given the opportunity to breed your ideal race horse.Read More
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  • manuelsch97 · We do not have triple crown winners any more, because of the problem Matt tries to solve here, what is more eye catching? the winner of the Derby, the preakness and the BC classic, or the winner of the belmont, the JC gold cup and the brooklyn hdcp? people try to breed the fast miler that can go 10 fourlongs, than the big strong horse that can go the big distances, the middle distances sell more than the so called "dead distances", this problem does not appear in south america, or england, because the important races are run in 2400 meters just like the belmont, so a horse that runs a mile or 10 fourlongs has no chance of being the top horse inthe country. To fix this problem here, we need some big farms to stop focusing on the big money for lets say 4 to 5 years, and start breeding stamina horses with stalliond from england or maybe argentina, to mix the offspring with milers from here and eventually in 4 to 5 crops, we'll have a horse that can run 9 fourlongs and 13 as well, its not an exact science, because if it would be everybody would be breeding triple crown winners every year, but its not a secret that year in and year out, the long distance races are won by second tear horses, not the top ones because they are not build for those races. · 84 days ago ·
  • icyhotboo · Since 1979, 20 horses have won two jewels of the Triple Crown, out of 34 runnings, for a 59% near miss. In other words almost 60% of the TC's since 1979 were near misses. It would seem bad luck is the culprit, not the horses. The figures show the ability is there just not the luck needed to go with it. Think about how many of those near misses in reality should have been hits. Out of those 20 misses there were more horses with a better chance than not. I'm not going to list each horse and give a reason. Have some fun and form your own opinion. · 83 days ago ·
With a close proximity to Canada, a country where many of my relatives reside, and a place where I spent many summer afternoons venturing to the track with my father, I thought I'd give this current blog post a taste of some North-of-the-Border flavor. Canadians, one and all, can be proud of their h...Read More
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  • LAZMANNICK · But I promise I'll not be naughty and will be overly nice Vic. · 134 days ago ·
  • goblin · I now see, via the link, that the proceeds are for the Canadian Hall of Fame itself. · 134 days ago ·
Fifty years ago President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, TX. That November day in 1963 fell on a Friday, a typical school day for American children, until 1:30pm ET when we were told that we were all being sent home early because the President had been shot. Read More
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  • ChantalSmithless · I totally enjoyed this, too! Not everyone thinks of the great Northern Dancer when it comes to November of 1963 except true racing fans!!!! But everyone sure does think of him when May of 1964 comes to mind! Thanks for this! · 152 days ago ·
  • KarenRhodes · Did not remember this, although I remember that Friday in 8th grade French class very well. Thanks, Brian. · 152 days ago ·
My Saratoga-Fort Erie Road Trip ’12 came to end in grand style on Monday with my first ever visit to the Canadian track. I found the 115-year-old race place, just on the other side of the border from Buffalo, to be nothing short of charming. I only hope my first visit there will not also be my last.Read More
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  • travel_vic · They will have to do a lot of work on the turf course because they did NOTHING to it all season long last year. · 389 days ago ·
  • zatt · Fort Erie is now considering a festival type of meet in hopes of sustainability. · 185 days ago ·
I was three-years old in September of 1961, and still two years away from my initial foray to Fort Erie Racetrack with my father. "Pops" as I often called him was a regular there, so it was a natural occurrence that he was present and an eyewitness to a most peculiar event that transpired on Septemb...Read More
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  • cpsoren121 · Are you kidding, the horse went into the water????? Reminds me of the time when a horse at Canterbury left the track entirely!! · 230 days ago ·
  • travel_vic · Gulfstream one ran all the way to the top of the mezzainine stairs. · 230 days ago ·
Can you imagine coming so close to achieving your most incredible dream only to have it snatched away from you by the narrowest of margins? The connections of these ten horses certainly can. I hope you enjoy my Top 10 near misses... Read More
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  • zxswordxz · It is comical to see the comment "pin head rider". The jockey is there for the ride and the horse run. Great horses overcome bad ride. - I wonder who made those comments... · 341 days ago ·
  • travel_vic · The majority of people who work daily with them, i.e. horseman's bookkeeper, correctly gave them that title...These are people who came by their careers the hard way often starting in the lowest rungs of their profession and bypassing most formal education....Horses run, riders are passengers. · 341 days ago ·
We think they will live forever, the true legends of thoroughbred racing. We take for granted that we will wake up the next morning and horses like Storm Cat will be there enjoying the luxury of their retirement, just as they were the day before. Yet, today, wasn't like yesterday. Today, one of the ...Read More
Besides being juvenile graded stakes winners they are similarly bred. How far will they want to run?Read More
A brief summary on the life of Federico Tesio, the Wizard of Dormello, who reinvented racing and dominated it with an open mind and ambition.Read More
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  • Sysonby · Well written piece. There is no question Tesio bred horses who established outstanding breeding lines. I still have to say that ignoring the fact that the mare contributes half the chromosomes to the horse is just a little bit crazy. · 430 days ago ·
  • amino998 · What's the back story on Ribot's mom Romanella? Found her on the side of the road? · 426 days ago ·
Let's take a look back at some of the greatest horses that ran at the same time yet never crossed paths on the track.Read More
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  • Floridaf · To answer Cocoa's question: Of the 15 BC races, 4 winners were on the lead, 2 winners were speedy types but not on the lead (within a length at 1/2 mile call), 6 winners took up stalking positions (within 4 lengths at 1/2 mile call), and 3 closed from off the pace (Flotilla was 4 1/2 lengths back, Calidoscopio was 14 lengths back at the 1 mile call in the marathon, and Mizdirection was 8 lengths back). · 460 days ago ·
  • Floridaf · jmcleav, I agree with you about Blind Luck. She left everything she had on the track after her scintillating DelCap performance. · 460 days ago ·
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. · 460 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 · 466 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 · 466 days ago ·
On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, there are four stakes races at Aqueduct and they are the final four graded stakes of the year in New York. Read More
  • BrianZipse · Toughest test of the year for Groupie Doll ... I hope she can do it! Looking at a long shot in the Remsen in Indy's Illusion. · 514 days ago ·
  • AndyScoggin · On top of the four graded stakes there is a $109,000 Pick 6 carryover! · 513 days ago ·
Del Mar unveils it's new Polytrack racing surface before a record opening day crowd of 42,842.Read More
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. · 682 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 · 693 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. · 693 days ago ·
E.P. Taylor, owner of Windfields Farms and breeder of Northern Dancer, died at age 88.Read More
For today’s Monday Movie, filmmaker Jeff Krulik has mined the archives — the National Archives, that is. He’s found Preakness clips from the Universal Newsreel collection during the last decade those newsreels were produced. Among the famed winners in this nine-minute reel are the great Northern Dan...Read More

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