Northern Dancer

Northern Dancer

The Legendary Horse That Inspired A Nation

Book - 2014
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The story of legendary Canadian race horse, Northern Dancer's remarkable 1964 Triple Crown and Queen's Plate victories, how he won the hearts of Canadians and impacted horse racing forever.
Publisher: Toronto : Viking, 2014.
ISBN: 9780670067794
Characteristics: xv, 304 p. :,ill.


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Mar 24, 2016

As a casual fan or horse racing, I really enjoyed the story of Northern Dancer, who in 1964 became the first Canadian-bred stallion to win the Kentucky Derby. Owned by industry magnate E.P. Taylor, the history of how this horse defied the odds and won not only the run for the roses, but the Preakness Stakes and the Queen's Plate in the same year is legendary. I also liked the context that author Kevin Chong provided, showing us how important Northern Dancer's victory was on the Canadian psyche when horse racing was at an all-time high in terms of popularity. The information I learned not only about this horse, but the sport in general was very enlightening, like how Taylor essentially built horse racing in Canada, turning dilapidated joints like Woodbine and Fort Erie into first-rate tracks. Even if you're not a fan of the sport of kings, there is a lot of great Canadian history in this book.

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