Monday, June 8, 2015

Golden Horn wins Epsom Derby

While we were getting ready for the Belmont Stakes, the second leg of the British Triple Crown was running at Epsom. Golden Horn came from 7th at mid stretch to win the Epsom Derby. Jack Hobbs was second and Storm The Stars was third. No surprise, all three are descendants of Northern Dancer.

Golden Horn (GB) - great great great grandson x3 through Danzig and Nureyev
Jack Hobbs (GB) - great great great grandson through Nijinsky
Storm The Stars (USA) - great grandson x2 through Sadlers Wells and Danzig

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

American Pharoah does it - first Triple Crown in 37 years

American Pharoah did something his great great great grandfather couldn't do in 1964 winning the Triple Crown. It was still in doubt until the eighth poll when Pharoah started pulling away to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. Many horses have had a chance but it seemed like it may never happen again until American Pharoah proved that theory incorrect. Frosted finished six lengths back in second and Keen Ice third. All three are descendants of our Northern Dancer in fact so was every horse in the Belmont. Needless to say this was the first descendant of Northern Dancer to win the US Triple Crown. Nijinsky won the British Triple Crown in 1970 starting the International dominance of our incredible Canadian sire.

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