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The Kingmaker: How Northern Dancer Founded a Racing Dynasty

3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  26 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
When Canadian industrialist and Thoroughbred breeder E.P. Taylor watched his well-bred, handsome colt pass unsold through the auction ring, he could hardly have envisioned the degree to which this seeming misfortune would boomerang in his favor. Named Northern Dancer, the sales reject proved his worth by winning the 1964 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes for Taylor. In d ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Eclipse Press (first published April 17th 2006)
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Rena Sherwood
This was a so-so book about the most influential thoroughbred of the twentieth (and possibly the twenty-first) century. Here he is back when he was racing in 1964:

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Yes -- he was a small colt for a 20th century thoroughbred. His small size is actually a plus as taller horses tend to be more susceptible to back and leg problems than a "normal" sized horse (about 14 - 15 hands.) I would have liked to have seen this point about his confirmation made in this book, but it's glossed over.

I guess that's
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Meghan
May 18, 2011 Meghan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good read about this prolific stallion. I knew next to nothing about him other than he won the Derby and I saw his name in almost every pedigree I looked at, but Hunter does a great job describing his career, personality and stud success. I'm not huge on bloodlines, so I kinda just skimmed his progeny looking for familiar names, but I really enjoyed the recounting of all his racing success and the little anecdotes here and there about his personality.

The end was a little sad for me reading
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Sumiko
Jan 12, 2012 Sumiko rated it liked it
I'm really enjoying this book - cannot say what page I'm on except that she is already discussing his get.

Very interesting. Nice to contrast his life/career with that of Mr. Prospector.
Gillian
Aug 11, 2012 Gillian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thoroughbred
An interesting book about a courageous and influential stallion. Recommend for anyone interested in pedigrees or Canadian thoroughbred racing.
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