The Kingmaker: How Northern Dancer Founded a Racing Dynasty

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When Canadian industrialist and Thoroughbred breeder E.P. Taylor watched his well-bred, handsome colt pass unsold through the auction ring, he could hardly have envisioned the degree to which this seeming misfortune would boomerang in his favor. Named Northern Dancer, the sales reject proved his worth by winning the 1964 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes for Taylor. In doing so, he become a Canadian hero. And that was only the beginning. As a stallion, the diminutive Northern Dancer exerted a legendary ...

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Overview

When Canadian industrialist and Thoroughbred breeder E.P. Taylor watched his well-bred, handsome colt pass unsold through the auction ring, he could hardly have envisioned the degree to which this seeming misfortune would boomerang in his favor. Named Northern Dancer, the sales reject proved his worth by winning the 1964 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes for Taylor. In doing so, he become a Canadian hero. And that was only the beginning. As a stallion, the diminutive Northern Dancer exerted a legendary influence on the breed, at one time commanding a million-dollar stud fee. International competition for his offspring created world records in the auction ring. Respected pedigree authority Avalyn Hunter explores how Northern Dancer and his sons have established a royal dynasty that has profoundly dominated the international bloodstock market.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781581502039
  • Publisher: Eclipse Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Edition description: Illustrate
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Avalyn Hunter lives in Lake City, Flordia.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Chapter 1 The Breed Shapers 9
Chapter 2 Tapestry 17
Chapter 3 Mr. Taylor 37
Chapter 4 Nearctic and Natalma 51
Chapter 5 Just Another Colt 75
Chapter 6 The Making of a Racehorse 83
Chapter 7 Derby Bound 95
Chapter 8 Snow and Roses 105
Chapter 9 Canada's Hero 111
Chapter 10 Stud 121
Chapter 11 Rising Star 127
Chapter 12 King of the World 141
Chapter 13 The King Is Dead... 155
Chapter 14 Legacy 159
Chapter 15 Princes of the Blood 167
Chapter 16 Princes of the Blood (Part II) 181
Chapter 17 The Dancer's Daughters 191
Epilogue: Was Northern Dancer Great? 197
Appendix 201
Index 247
Acknowledgments 252
Photo Credits 253
About the Author 254
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