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  • Northern Dancer was a Canadian-bred Thoroughbred racehorse that won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes and became the most successful sire of the 20th century. The National Thoroughbred Racing Association calls him "one of the most influential sires in Thoroughbred history". A bay stallion, Northern Dancer was by Nearctic and his dam, Natalma, was by Native Dancer. In 1952, Edward P. Taylor, Canadian business magnate and owner of Windfields Farm, attended the December sale at Newmarket, England, where he purchased Lady Angela, a mare in foal to leading English-based sire Nearco. The following spring, Taylor sent Lady Angela to be bred to Nearco again, then shipped her to his farm in Canada later in 1953. In 1954, Lady Angela foaled a colt in Canada named Nearctic, In 1958 he won the Sovereign Award for Horse of the Year. At the yearling sales at Windfields in Toronto, Ontario, the diminutive Northern Dancer did not find a buyer at the $25,000 reserve price, so he eventually joined the Windfields Farm racing stable.

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