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Green Dancer

Green Dancer
Sire Nijinsky
Dam Green Valley
Grandsire Northern Dancer
Damsire Val de Loir
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1972
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder Germaine Wertheimer
Owner Jacques Wertheimer
Record 8: 4-2-0
Earnings US$433,052 (equivalent)
Green Dancer is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Green Valley by Nijinsky. He was born around 1972 in the United States, and was bred by Germaine Wertheimer.
Major wins

Observer Gold Cup (1974)
Prix Lupin (1975)

French Classic Race wins:
Poule d'Essai des Poulains (1975)
Leading sire in France (1991)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Green Dancer (April 14, 1972 - December 5, 2000) was a French Thoroughbred racehorse. A son of the great English Triple Crown winner, Nijinsky, he was bred in Kentucky by Germaine Wertheimer of Paris, France who owned his dam, Green Valley.

Green Dancer was raced in France by Germaine Wertheimer's son, Jacques, and trained by Alec Head. Although a winner of a French Classic Race and two other Group One races in France and in England, Green Dancer is even better remembered as a Champion sire and a top level broodmare sire.

Retired to stud in France, in 1980 Green Dancer was sent to stand at Gainesway Farm near Lexington, Kentucky. He became the fourth leading sire in France in 1983 and 1984, and was that country's Champion sire in 1991. Green Dancers daughters produced seven Champions that earned Horse of the Year honors on eight occasions.

Due to declining health, Green Dancer was pensioned near the end of November, 2000 but had to be euthanized a short time later. He is buried in the Gainesway Farm cemetery next to Lyphard, another Champion sire owned by the Wertheimer family.

Green Dancer sired:

  • Rochester (b. 1996) - millionaire, multiple stakes winner in USA

Green Dancer was the damsire of:

  • Sandpit (b. 1989) - Brazilian 1993 Champion 3-year-old. Won four Grade I races in Brazil and four Grade I's in the United States
  • Jeune - (b. 1995) Australian Horse of the Year. Won five Group One races



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