Northern Spirit - Marcel Woods - Modern Dance Club Hollywood - Blue Edition (CD)

On October 7, he returned in the Bloordale Purse at 1 mile and 70 yards where he was again the top weight at pounds. His main rival Northern Flight carried pounds while other horses carried as little as pounds. Northern Dancer broke well but allowed Northern Flight to take a commanding lead. At the halfway mark, Northern Dancer was third on the rail, 15 lengths back, but gradually closed the gap on the far turn.

It was Turcotte's last ride on Northern Dancer, as Luro feared he could not maintain sufficient control of the headstrong colt.

Northern Spirit - Marcel Woods - Modern Dance Club Hollywood - Blue Edition (CD) November 6, Northern Dancer followed up with a win in the seven-furlong Carleton Stakes at Greenwood on a muddy track. Northern Dancer came back to the barn bleeding from the beginning of a quarter crack.

It was thought that the injury was a result of his heavy race schedule — seven races in three months. On November 18, he was entered in the Sir Gaylord Purse. He was ridden by Manuel Ycazaand won by eight lengths over Bupers, who had won the Belmont Futurity.

However, the quarter crack became more pronounced, so he was fitted with a bar shoe on his left front hoof to stabilize the foot. On November 27, Northern Dancer was the odds-on favourite in a field of six horses entered in the Remsen Stakesdespite carrying top weight of pounds.

Ycaza sent him to the lead early and he won by two lengths in wire-to-wire fashion. He would do anything you asked. He was rated at pounds in the Canadian Free Handicap for two-year-olds, five pounds above Ramblin Road. After the Remsen, Luro gave Northern Dancer some time off to heal and had a vulcanized rubber patch applied to the quarter crack. Northern Dancer recovered quickly and reentered training in January. Northern Dancer was bumped at the start and fell to the back of the pack.

He recovered and steadily advanced up the rail, only to become trapped behind several horses. He was bumped again and eventually finished third behind Chieftain. Despite the instructions of Luro, Ussury had taken to his whip in the final strides of the race, which led the trainer to publicly criticize the rider.

On February 24, Northern Dancer and Chieftain again faced each other in a public workout over seven furlongs at Hialeah. He settled into second and moved to the lead in the stretch after some gentle urging by Shoemaker, winning by two lengths over Mr. Brick, with Quadrangle a further eight lengths back in third. Shoemaker was pleased with the performance. He wasn't quite so seasoned as some of the other horses. He then entered a seven-furlong allowance race at Gulfstream Park on March 28 as a prep for the Florida Derby.

Shoemaker was unable to ride due to a previous commitment, so Ycaza got the ride. With Shoemaker back up, Northern Dancer raced in mid-pack behind a slow pace, then started to make up ground on the rail. Shoemaker waited until the half mile pole then urged the colt on without using the whip.

Norther Dancer quickly took the Northern Spirit - Marcel Woods - Modern Dance Club Hollywood - Blue Edition (CD) at the head of Northern Spirit - Marcel Woods - Modern Dance Club Hollywood - Blue Edition (CD) stretch and then held off a challenge by The Scoundrel, eventually winning by a length.

Shoemaker said later that the colt was improving. Shoemaker had never ridden Hill Rise but campaigned hard to get the mount, believing the colt represented his best chance for a Derby win.

Ycaza was also unable to commit to Northern Dancer Northern Spirit - Marcel Woods - Modern Dance Club Hollywood - Blue Edition (CD) another trainer had first call on his services. With Northern Dancer so heavily backed, only win betting was allowed.

Northern Dancer rated in second behind a slow early pace until the head of the stretch when he coasted to the lead. Another horse, Allen Adair, made a run down the stretch so Hartack released his grip and Northern Dancer crossed the finish line in front by half a length.

Hartack was satisfied with the colt's abilities. He was the second betting choice at odds of 7—2 behind Hill Rise at 7—5. As the field reached the track, he "bounced like a rubber ball" and gave a huge buck when the band started to play " My Old Kentucky Home ".

He settled during the warm up, only to balk when asked to enter the starting gate. After a few tense moments, Northern Dancer relaxed and loaded quietly. Brick and Royal. Down the backstretch, Hartack guided him through a narrow hole into the clear and started to make up ground on the leaders. He got the jump on Hill Rise, who became tangled up in traffic as the front-runners started to fade.

With a quarter mile to go, Hartack urged his colt on; Northern Dancer responded by running the next furlong in a very fast 11 seconds. He had a lead of about two lengths, but Hill Rise had gotten in the clear and started to make up ground.

Hill Rise closed with giant strides, but Northern Dancer prevailed by a neck in a new race record of two minutes flat that stood until Secretariat broke it in Hartack, known for a somewhat adversarial relationship with the press, was full of praise after the race. He really did some running from the quarter pole to the eighth pole, and he was running his gamest at the wire. Accordingly, he used long gallops of between two and three miles to build up stamina.

For the Preakness on May 16, Northern Dancer went off as the 2—1 second favourite to Hill Rise in a field of six that included the top five finishers from the Derby plus Quadrangle. Northern Dancer settled into third place with Hill Rise tracking just behind. Quadrangle moved to the lead down the backstretch and Northern Dancer started to make his move around the far turn. Hartack had yet to ask Northern Dancer for his run, while the jockeys of both Hill Rise and Quadrangle were working hard to maintain their position.

Turning into the stretch, Hartack hit Northern Dancer once and he surged to a commanding lead. Near the finish line, Northern Dancer started to tire but Hartack was not overly worried. Northern Dancer won by two and a half lengths. Hill Rise finished third, caught at the wire by The Scoundrel who claimed second.

Northern Dancer celebrated his actual third birthday on May 27 and was presented with a cake of carrots adorned by Canadian flags. He also received hundreds of cards wishing him success in the upcoming Belmont Stakes. Taylor felt that the horse would not mind the distance of 12 furlongs, believing that Hartack would be able to judge the pace and conserve energy. Luro was more worried, believing that Northern Northern Spirit - Marcel Woods - Modern Dance Club Hollywood - Blue Edition (CD) best distance was between eight and nine furlongs, but hoped the horse's class would be enough to carry him the extra distance.

With a Triple Crown at stake, a then-record crowd of 61, showed up for the Belmont Stakes on June 6, run that year at Aqueduct due to renovations at Belmont Park. Northern Dancer went off as the 4—5 favourite in a field of eight, with Hill Rise the second choice at 2—1 and Quadrangle at 13—2. With Northern Dancer under a tight hold, he and Hill Rise tracked each other for the first mile behind a slow pace set by outsider Orientalist. Quadrangle was in second, relaxed and saving ground with excellent position on the rail.

Hartack on Northern Dancer and Shoemaker on Hill Rise appeared to underestimate Quadrangle and did not at first respond, allowing Quadrangle to build a substantial lead into the stretch. When finally asked to run, Northern Dancer closed the gap to within half a length in midstretch.

However, he then tired and was passed by Roman Brother to finish third, some six lengths behind the winner. Shoemaker on Hill Rise, who finished fourth, lodged an objection against Hartack for being squeezed off on the final turn but the stewards disallowed the claim.

Asked if he felt disappointed by the result, he replied, "How can it be a disappointment when a horse runs his heart out for you? He certainly didn't disgrace himself — not to me, anyway. In spite of the loss in the Belmont, the mayor of Toronto declared June 8, to be "Northern Dancer Day", which included a ceremony held at city hall. The idea of a ticker-tape parade down Bay Street was nixed due to the colt's high-strung temperament. Taylor was presented with a key to the city—carved out of a carrot.

Taylor presented the key to Northern Dancer when the horse arrived at Woodbine a few days later; the colt promptly ate it. On June 25, Northern Dancer was the heavy betting favourite in the Queen's Plate at odds of 1—7 in a field of eight.

He raced from well off the pace, trailing the field around the first turn and still in sixth down the backstretch. Hartack never needed the whip. However, the colt's poor position made Hartack move sooner than he would have preferred. Northern Dancer pulled up lame after a workout at Belmont in July. The earlier symptoms of lameness noticed by Turcotte and Hartack had only manifested at full racing speed.

Assistant trainer Norman Bowles later said the horse "would probably run through anything — he was a tough little man — and you never can tell when one of those things may start stinging. It did not respond to treatment, and this ended his racing career. He was also the high weight at pounds on the Canadian Free Handicap, 12 pounds more than Langcrest. In his two year racing career, Northern Dancer won 14 of his starts and never finished worse than third.

The first crop reached racing age in and was an immediate success, including Viceregalwho was named Canadian Horse of the Year. Nine others also became stakes winnersan "astounding" Although his second crop produced only four stakes winners, it played a crucial role in his developing reputation. Nijinsky went on to win the English Triple Crownthe first horse to do so since Nijinsky was named Horse of the Year in England and Ireland.

Northern Dancer was one of the 20th century's most successful Thoroughbred sires. Northern Dancer's entry into stud service was ranked number 28 in "Horse Racing's Top Moments", a review of American racing in the 20th century by The Blood-Horse magazine.

His major stakes winners include: [4] [71] [72] [73]. Former Keeneland chairman Ted Bassett wrote in his autobiography that between andthe sons and daughters of Northern Dancer fetched the highest prices of all sires at the yearling sales 12 times, "and that constitutes a record that may last forever.

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