Monthly Archives: January 2020

Northern Dancer and the tipping point

In 1970, when Nijinsky won the English Derby, attention was focused briefly on Northern Dancer- but only briefly, since Nijinsky did not resemble his sire.  The perception at the time in Great Britain and Europe was that North American horses … Continue reading

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Meanwhile back at the “revolution”

A recent survey on the US-based Paulick Report asked readers if, as we enter 2020, if they were optimistic or pessimistic over the future health of the Thoroughbred industry.  70% checked the pessimistic box. Things appear to be more optimistic over at … Continue reading

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Northern Dancer: out of the gate: part 2

Writing about Northern Dancer’s magnificent son, Viceregal, reminded me of several things, not the least of which was the size of foal crops these days.  In his first year at stud Northern Dancer was bred to 21 mares.  One of … Continue reading

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Northern Dancer: out of the gate

Viceregal, Northern Dancer’s first offspring, was not only spectacularly beautiful, he was a courageous champion.  Undefeated at two, in 8 starts, 7 of them stakes races.    Indeed I clearly was such a fan, my boss at Woodbine, Trent Frayne, talked me … Continue reading

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