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Seattle Dancer

Seattle Dancer
Sire Nijinsky
Dam My Charmer
Grandsire Northern Dancer
Damsire Poker
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1984
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder Warner L. Jones, William S. Farish III, William S. Kilroy
Owner Stavros Niarchos, Susan Magnier, Robert Sangster, Vincent O'Brien, Daniel Schwartz
Trainer Vincent O'Brien
Record 5: 2-1-1
Earnings £111,303
Seattle Dancer is a thoroughbred racehorse out of My Charmer by Nijinsky. He was born around 1984 in the United States, and was bred by Warner L. Jones, William S. Farish III, William S. Kilroy.
Major wins
Gallinule Stakes (1987)
Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial (1987)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on 17:12, Monday June 26 2017 (UTC)

Seattle Dancer (April 22, 1984 - June 2, 2007) was an Irish Thoroughbred racehorse who is the most expensive yearling ever sold at public auction.


Seattle Dancer was bred in Kentucky by Warner L. Jones, William S. Farish III, and William S. Kilroy. The partnership owned his important dam, My Charmer. My Charmer was the dam of 1977 U.S. Triple Crown winner, Seattle Slew. Seattle Dancer's sire was the 1971 British Triple Crown winner and Champion sire, Nijinsky, who was a son of Northern Dancer, whom the National Thoroughbred Racing Association calls "one of the most influential sires in Thoroughbred history". [1]

In July of 1985, the regally bred Seattle Dancer was sent to the Keenland selected yearling sale where intense bidding on behalf of major breeders such as Allen Paulson and Sheikh Mohammed drove his selling price to a World record US$13.1 million. Seattle Dancer's new owners were Stavros Niarchos (Greece), Susan Magnier and her father, Vincent O'Brien (Ireland), Robert Sangster (England), and a California businessman, Daniel Schwartz.

Brought to Ballydoyle Stable in Ireland, a virus swept through the stables that kept a weakened Seattle Dancer out of racing as a two-year-old. [2]. Conditioned by Vincent O'Brien, and raced in the colors of Stavros Niarchos, in his April 1987 debut Seattle Dancer finished third in a race at the Curragh Racecourse in Ireland. He then won the Group 3 Gallinule Stakes at the Curragh and the Group 2 Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown Racecourse. In his next start, at Longchamp Racecourse in Paris, France, he finished sixth in the Group 1 Prix du Jockey Club. [3] At the same racecourse, in what would prove to be his final race, Seattle Dancer ran second in the Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris. [4]

At stud

Seattle Dancer entered stud in 1988. He first stood at Coolmore's Ashford Stud in Kentucky then at their facility in Ireland. In 1997, he was sent to stand at East Stud in Japan and for his last five years, served stallion duty in Germany. During his career, Seattle Dancer sired 37 stakes race winners including:

Seattle Dancer suffered a heart attack and died at age twenty-three on June 2, 2007 at Gestut Auenquelle in Rödinghausen, Germany.

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