Northern Taste, a legendary Japanese stallion whose leadership was taken over by Sunday Silence, died Dec. 11 from complications from the infirmities of old age. The 33-year-old son of Northern Dancer stood at the Yoshida family's Shadai Stallion Station in Japan prior to being pensioned in 1999.
A French group I winner, Northern Taste provided Japanese breeders with important new blood in the form of Northern Dancer following his importation by Zenya Yoshida in 1975. Northern Taste led the Japanese leading sires list for 11 years, topped the broodmare sires list a number of times, and sired the winners of 92 graded stakes according to Japan Racing Association standards.
Bred in Canada by E.P. Taylor and consigned by his Windfields Farm to the 1972 Saratoga yearling sale, Northern Taste was bought for $100,000 by Thoroughbred Productions, agent. Racing for Yoshida, he captured four stakes, three group, including the Prix de la Foret (Fr-I).
Northern Taste, who was produced from the Victoria Park mare Lady Victoria, sired such champions as Northern Driver, Dyna Actress, Dyna Carle, and Dyna Gulliver. He also is the broodmare sire of one of Sunday Silence's multiple champions, Durandal.