Prominent Central Kentucky stallion Green Dancer has been pensioned because of the infirmities of old age and will live out his retirement at Graham J. Beck's Gainesway Farm near Lexington. The 28-year-old son of Nijinsky II is represented by 83 stakes winners.
"Green Dancer has been a stallion manager's dream," said Michael Hernon of Gainesway. "He was a third-generation classic winner who carried on the tradition by siring a classic winner himself."
A grandson of Northern Dancer, Green Dancer won the classic French Two Thousand Guineas (Fr-I) in 1975 and a son, champion Green Tune, won that race in 1994. Green Dancer's other stakes winners included Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) and champion Suave Dancer, plus Greinton, winner of the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I). As a broodmare sire, Green Dancer is represented by 94 stakes winners.
Green Dancer, who was produced from the Val de Loir mare Green Valley, won the Observer Gold Cup (Eng-I) as a 2-year-old and also took the Prix Lupin (Fr-I) the following year.