Northern Dancer: King of the Racetrack

Overview

Northern Dancer was born in 1961 at the famed Windfields farm in Oshawa, Ontario. As a colt, he was unimpressive, small and stocky in stature, ornery and mischievous by disposition. Eventually, the colt that nobody wanted took the racing world by storm.
Northern Dancer won the Kentucky Derby, and went on to win the Preakness Stakes of Baltimore, and nearly won the Belmont of New York. His seven wins earned him the title of champion three-year-old of 1964. On retirement, Northern...

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Overview

Northern Dancer was born in 1961 at the famed Windfields farm in Oshawa, Ontario. As a colt, he was unimpressive, small and stocky in stature, ornery and mischievous by disposition. Eventually, the colt that nobody wanted took the racing world by storm.
Northern Dancer won the Kentucky Derby, and went on to win the Preakness Stakes of Baltimore, and nearly won the Belmont of New York. His seven wins earned him the title of champion three-year-old of 1964. On retirement, Northern Dancer became the greatest horse stud in history, worth over $40 million by 1981. Today, it is estimated that his bloodlines extend to 50-70% of all thoroughbred horses.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4–8—Short and stocky for a thoroughbred, Northern Dancer did not immediately impress horse-racing aficionados. However, his bloodlines were excellent, and as a two-year-old he started his winning career, surprising everyone except those who knew him the best. Eventually, he would triumph at the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and other elite races. Equally as important as his racing talent, he became one of the most successful sires in the world of thoroughbred racing. It is estimated that his offspring may have won more than a billion dollars. Unlike most racehorses, he was fortunate to spend all of his 29 years at the Canadian farm where he was born. Accompanied by numerous good-quality black-and-white and color photos, this is a well-written, interesting biography that horse enthusiasts and even casual readers will enjoy.—Carol Schene, formerly at Taunton Public Schools, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554551637
  • Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/30/2011
  • Pages: 72
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Gare Joyce writes regularly on junior hockey for sportsnet.ca. A veteran journalist, Joyce has been writing for sports magazines, newspapers and webpages.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Canadian 7

Chapter 1 Family 10

Chapter 2 Unwanted Yearling 21

Chapter 3 Two-Year-Old Stake Races 28

Chapter 4 Losing "The Shoe" 37

Chapter 5 Racing for the Triple Crown 43

Chapter 6 Homecoming 57

Chapter 7 Father of Champions 62

Timeline 66

Glossary 69

Index 71

Image Credits 72

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