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Danzig (horse)

Sire Northern Dancer
Dam Pas De Nom
Damsire Admirals Voyage
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1977
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder Derry Meeting Farm & William S. Farish III
Owner Henryk de Kwiatkowski
Trainer Woody Stephens
Record 3: 3-0-0
Earnings $32,400
Danzig is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Pas De Nom by Northern Dancer. He was born around 1977 in the United States, and was bred by Derry Meeting Farm & William S. Farish III.
Leading sire in North America (1991, 1992, 1993)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on November 20, 2006

Danzig (1977- 2006) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse who is best known as a Champion sire. Danzig was purchased for $310,000 by Henryk de Kwiatkowski at the 1978 Saratoga Yearling Sale. Danzig won all three of his races before knee joint problems ended his racing career.

The son of Hall of Famer Northern Dancer and the most important sire of the second half of the 20th century, Danzig was retired to stand at stud at Claiborne Farm near Paris, Kentucky where he became one of the world's most important sires. He led the U.S. general sires list from 1991 to 1993 and topped the sires list in Spain and the United Arab Emirates.

Danzig sired 188 graded stakes race winners and 10 Champions. His foals have earned more than $100 million in purse money and include Breeders' Cup winners Chief's Crown, Lure, Dance Smartly, and War Chant. As well, Danzig sired 1992 Preakness Stakes winner Pine Bluff and is the sire of Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame inductee Langfuhr who, in turn, sired the Canadian Triple Crown winner and Horse of the Year, Wando. A leading sire of sires, Danzig's son Danehill is the first Thoroughbred in history to sire 300 stakes winners. Danzig was also the damsire of Fusaichi Pegasus and Dancethruthedawn.

Danzig and his son, Danehill, were dominant bay sires along with another 17 of Danzig's sons. This meant that they would not produce chestnut progeny and only a grey if the foal's dam was grey.[1]

Pensioned at the age of 27 in 2004, on January 3, 2006 Danzig was humanely euthanized due to the infirmities of old age. He was buried at Claiborne Farm's equine cemetery.

Danzig was the grandsire of 2008 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown. His son, Hard Spun, finished 2nd in the 2007 Kentucky Derby behind Street Sense.

Tabulated pedigree

Pedigree of Danzig (USA) B.h. 1977
Northern Dancer (CAN)
Nearctic (CAN)
Nearco Pharos
Lady Angela Hyperion
Sister Sarah
B. 1957
Native Dancer Polynesian
Almahmoud Mahmoud
Pas de Nom
Br. 1968
Admiral's Voyage
Br. 1959
Crafty Admiral Fighting Fox
Admiral's Lady
Olympia Lou Olympia
Louisiana Lou
Petitioner (GB)
Bay 1952
Petition Fair Trial
Art Paper
Steady Aim Felstead
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  1. Racetrack Sires 2009, June/August, 2009, Australian Stud Book's Database, Michael Ford

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