Thursday, November 5, 2009

Chapter 2

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Our Hero Has Become A Legend

Fast Forward to October 29,2005

The Breeders Cup has become the single biggest day of racing in North America. Breeders Cup day lacks the history of the Triple Crown races and the Queen’s Plate but it makes up for it in terms of quantity (eight races on one card for over $14 million in purses) and quality (quality of the “International” fields competing in each category).

At the end of the day 21 of the 24 top three finishers were descendants of our little Dancer. They took away over 12 million of the 13 million dollars available to the top three in the eight races total. The following chart shows the results of the 2005 Breeders Cup events and the influence of Northern Dancer.

Many experts agree, Northern Dancer is the most influential sire of thoroughbreds in the second half of the 20th century. Our little Canadian champion will never be forgotten as his legacy lives on. The Dancer’s story is one of heart, desire and toughness that typify Canadian athletes but the legacy he leaves to the International sport of kings makes his story one of the greatest Canadian stories of all time (sports or otherwise).

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