Northern Dancer

Northern Dancer

Book - 2014/04
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The story of the legendary horse that inspired a nation. While much has been written about Northern Dancer's prepotence as a sire, this book is the only one devoted to his 1964 campaign, which saw him win two of the Triple Crown races in the U.S. and Canada's Queen's Plate. Using news clippings from 1964 and interviews, this book offers novelistic detail not only on these remarkable race wins, but also revisits, fifty years later, the era in which Canada was struggling to establish an identity, needing, more than anything, a national hero. Kevin Chong is the author of "My Year of the Racehorse." Print run 7,500.
Publisher: Penguin Group 2014/04
ISBN: 9780670067794

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GlenAbbeyWarrior
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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