Of the 14 of UK/Europe’s very best colts lining up in the starting stalls at the historic Newmarket course on Saturday, how many are direct descendants of Canada’s Northern Dancer? All of them!
No horse in the long and colourful history of the Thoroughbred has had such a profound impact on the breed. The world over.
Which has me thinking about Eddie and Winnie Taylor and their Windfields Farm. The Taylor’s commitment to breeding great horses was colossal.
Almost 5 decades had passed between the time young Eddie Taylor became smitten with horses and the day he led his colt, Northern Dancer, into the Kentucky Derby winners’ circle. And that was only the beginning of this remarkable legacy.
Tomorrow, on both sides of the Atlantic, a total of 36 brilliant colts will be imbued, at some level, with the indomitable spirit and remarkable will to win of the Taylor’s colt, Canada’s horse, Northern Dancer. Now there’s cause for a little (unaccustomed) Canadian pride. And gratitude to the Taylors.