Northern Baby Pensioned
Updated: Friday, January 12, 2001 5:51 PM
Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2001 2:21 PM
Northern Baby, a 25-year-old son of Northern Dancer and sire of 40 stakes winners, has been pensioned at Arthur B. Hancock III's Stone Farm near Paris, Ky. Northern Baby first stood in Europe before being moved to Stone for the 1982 breeding season.
Northern Baby, who covered 22 mares in each of the past two breeding seasons, sired the earners of $22 million. His top earner, millionaire Possible Perfect, was champion turf female and is the dam of 2000 graded stakes winner Promontory Gold. Possibly Perfect scored grade I wins in six events, including the Yellow Ribbon Invitational Stakes and the Beverly D. Stakes. Promontory Gold captured the Hill Prince Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park
Northern Baby's other champions include steeplechasers Highland Bud and Warm Spell, plus Bairn, Michelozzo, and Thrill Show in Europe. A champion in France, Thrill Show also won a division of the 1986 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT). Northern Baby is represented by additional grade I winners Rampage, Live the Dream, Double Wedge, and Deposit Ticket.
Bred by Kinghaven Farms, Northern Baby was sold for $120,000 at the 1977 Keeneland July yearling sale. He raced in England and France, scoring his major win in the 1979 Champion Stakes (Eng-I) and placing in that year's Epsom Derby (Eng-I). Produced from the Round Table mare Two Rings, Northern Baby won two other stakes during his career and earned a total of $338,564.
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