Northern Dancer on display at Woodbine

Northern Dancer on display at Woodbine
Photo: Blood-Horse Publications
Northern Dancer winning the 1964 Kentucky Derby.

Woodbine Entertainment Group will be celebrating the life of Northern Dancer from the end of May through the end of June.

Beginning May 27, the date of what would have been the Dancer's 50th birthday, some Northern Dancer artifacts will displayed at the north entrance.

Racing fans can join the party in honor of the anniversary as cake will be served by the second floor north window at 1 p.m.

The official Woodbine program will also feature a color cover and insert regaling the virtues of Northern Dancer's life May 27-29.

"Northern Dancer is an obvious Canadian icon," said Jamie Martin, Woodbine’s executive vice president of racing, in a release. "This is our way of celebrating a milestone date and giving the fans their own chance to cherish him."

Northern Dancer was the first Canadian-bred winner of the Kentucky Derby when he captured the race in 1964. He also won the Preakness, but was foiled in his bid for the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes, when he finished third. Northern Dancer would later win the Queen's Plate back in his home country.

Northern Dancer, who died in 1990, is also regarded as the one of the most influential Thoroughbred sires of the 20th century.

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