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Nice Dancer

Nice Dancer
Sire Northern Dancer
Dam Nice Princess
Grandsire Nearctic
Damsire Le Beau Prince
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1969
Country Canada
Color Bay
Breeder Dean Alfange
Owner Tom Morton & Harlequin Ranches
Trainer Jerry G. Lavigne
Record 20: 10-2-3
Earnings $154,825
Nice Dancer is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Nice Princess by Northern Dancer. He was born around 1969 in Canada, and was bred by Dean Alfange.
Major wins

Achievement Handicap (1972)
Manitoba Derby (1972)
Col. R. S. McLaughlin Handicap (1972)
Canadian Maturity Stakes (1973)
Dominion Day Handicap (1973)

Canadian Classic Race wins:
Breeders' Stakes (1972)
Canadian Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse (1972)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on February 13, 2010

Nice Dancer (1969-1997) was a Canadian Thoroughbred racehorse. He was from the last Canadian-sired crop of Northern Dancer before the International champion sire was relocated to Windfields Farm American subsidiary in Maryland.

Owned by Tom Morton and Dick Bonnycastle's Harlequin Ranches, Nice Dancer was trained by Jerry Lavigne. In his three-year-old season, the colt was ridden primarily by future Canadian and U.S. Hall of Fame jockey, Sandy Hawley. In addition to important stakes races including the Manitoba Derby at Assiniboia Downs in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Nice Dancer set a new Woodbine track record for a mile and three sixteenths in winning the inaugural running of the Col. R. S. McLaughlin Handicap. He won the third leg of the 1972 Canadian Triple Crown series, the Breeders' Stakes, a race run on turf at a distance of 1½ miles (12 furlongs). In the pre Sovereign Award era, Nice Dancer is historically viewed as the Canadian Champion 3-Year-Old Male Horse of 1972.

At age four, Nice Dancer won the Dominion Day Handicap and the Canadian Maturity Stakes before being retired to stud duty. He stood in Canada from 1974 to 1978 durin g which time he sired seventy-six foals out of which nine became stakes winners. His most notable offspring was Fiddle Dancer Boy, winner of the 1981 Queen's Plate. Sent to a breeding farm in Japan, Nice Dancer sired nine more stakes winners before his death at age twenty-eight in 1997. He is the damsire of Glide Path, winner of the 1995 Stockholm Cup International, Sweden's most important race.



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