Native Dancer

Bloodlines: Tracing The Origins Of Justify’s Triple Crown Stamina

Fifty years ago, Stage Door Johnny (by Prince John) saved us from having an asterisk-laden Triple Crown. In the Kentucky Derby five weeks earlier, Peter Fuller’s highly talented gray colt Dancer’s Image (Native Dancer) had defeated Calumet’s Forward Pass (On-and-On), then had been disqualified due to the presence of a metabolite of bute in the […]

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Maryland Developer, Farm Owner Buys Native Dancer Preakness Trophy For $100,000

Edward St. John, Baltimore-area developer and owner of Rolling Ridge Farm in Maryland, has been identified as the purchaser of Native Dancer’s Preakness trophy. The replica of the Woodlawn Vase, which was presented to owner Alfred Vanderbilt in 1953, was sold through Doyle Auctions last month for $100,000. St. John attended the 1953 edition of […]

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Native Dancer’s Preakness Trophy On The Auction Block

The trophy Native Dancer won in the 1953 Preakness will soon be up for sale in New York. Doyle Auctions is set to sell the sterling silver piece, once awarded to owner Alfred G. Vanderbilt Jr., on May 23 at 10 a.m. The catalogue also includes a Frank Brook Voss painting of top Vanderbilt runner […]

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Gonzalez Lucks Out With Stakes-Winning Former Claimer Afleet Willy

Claudio Gonzalez, who led all trainers in Maryland last year with 84 victories while securing training titles during Laurel’s summer and fall meets, claimed Afleet Willy on a cloudy day out of a victory over a sealed, muddy track two days after Christmas in 2015. The son of Wilburn has turned out to be a […]

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Across The Board With Andy Serling: Long-Time Assistant Clerk Of Scales Eddie Brown

Veteran racetracker Eddie Brown, currently assistant to the clerk of scales for the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), is this week’s guest on Across the Board with Andy Serling, now available for download. Brown joined Serling on the morning of January 20 at Aqueduct Racetrack to talk about his more than six decades of working […]

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Seabiscuit, Neckties, And The Grey Ghost Of Sagamore: Vanderbilt Was Racing’s Consummate Promoter

Every now and then, when the mood struck him, Alfred G. Vanderbilt Jr. would stop shaving. After a couple of days, he’d pull a hat down over his brow and get dressed without putting on a tie. He’d forego the reserved boxes and the company of Broadway stars and slip in with the masses through […]

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Voodoo Song Takes Saranac For Record-Equaling Fourth Win Of Saratoga Meeting

It hadn’t been done since Native Dancer set foot at the Spa 65 years ago, but Barry K. Schwartz’s Voodoo Song captured four consecutive starts at this summer’s Saratoga meeting. He began in a $40,000 claimer, and on Saturday, he capped off the streak with his first graded stakes win in the G3 Saranac, besting Yoshida […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: The ‘Fly On The Wall’ Behind West Coast

Just through the door of the refurbished black and red-trimmed farmhouse, the welcoming foyer is comfortably furnished with wide leather furniture set against polished wood-paneled walls. A cursory glance reveals an eye-catching pair of paintings, each of a single Thoroughbred in strikingly red blinkers posing artfully against a pitch-black background. From there, the eye naturally […]

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Bloodlines Presented By Merck Animal Health: Inside Straight Laced With Power Of Native Dancer

Inside Straight (by Super Saver) won the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap over the weekend. It was neither the most important race, nor the most impressive performance of the weekend, but Inside Straight has a pedigree with some exceptional distinctions, as well as a nearly universal commonality. The great majority of all the top-tier racehorses today […]

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Pyranha Presents Barn Buddies: The Entourage That Soothed Native Dancer

Native Dancer, for all his racetrack achievements, wasn’t known for being the kind of horse you’d call cuddly. The winner of 21 out of 22 races, Native Dancer was a two-time Horse of the Year, made the cover of Time magazine, and was one of the top three television personalities of 1954. He was also […]

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