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The Minstrel

The Minstrel
Sire Northern Dancer
Dam Fleur
Grandsire Nearctic
Damsire Victoria Park
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1974
Country Canada
Color Chestnut
Breeder Windfields Farm
Owner Robert Sangster
Trainer Vincent O'Brien
Record 9: 7-1-1
Earnings $570,605
The Minstrel is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Fleur by Northern Dancer. He was born around 1974 in Canada, and was bred by Windfields Farm.
Major wins
Dewhurst Stakes (1976)
2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes (1977)
Epsom Derby (1977)
Irish Derby (1977)
K. George VI & Q. Elizabeth Stakes (1977)
Horse of the Year in the United Kingdom (1977)
Horse of the Year in Ireland (1977)
Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame (1979)
Minstrel Stakes at the Curragh
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on September 22, 2007

The Minstrel (1974-1990) was a champion thoroughbred racehorse.

Born at E.P. Taylor's Windfields Farm in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, The Minstrel was the son of legendary sire Northern Dancer out of the mare Fleur, who was a daughter of Victoria Park. He was a three-quarter-brother to the 1970 English Triple Crown champion, Nijinsky II, who was by Northern Dancer out of Flaming Page; the dam of Fleur.

A powerfully built and handsome chestnut colt with a white blaze on his face, four white-stockings and a gentle disposition, The Minstrel was purchased at the 1975 Keeneland Sales yearling auction by a group headed by the flamboyant British racing enthusiast Robert Sangster (1936-2004). [1] Shipped to Ireland, under champion trainer Vincent O'Brien and ridden by champion jockey Lester Piggott, the horse entered only three races as a two-year-old, but won them all, including the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket.

In 1977, The Minstrel won major races at racetracks in England and Ireland. His win in the Epsom Derby, the most prestigious race in the United Kingdom, brought Sangster and his partners into the racing limelight and he soon became one of the world's leading racehorse owners. [2] In addition to the Epsom Derby, The Minstrel won the Irish Derby and the 2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes; and in his most impressive race against the best horses around, he won the gruelling one and a half mile King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. His performances earned him England's Horse-of-the Year honours for 1977.

By the end of his brilliant career, out of his nine starts The Minstrel won seven races, and finished second and third once. He was re-acquired by Windfields Farm and syndicated for $9 million to stand at stud in Maryland. After the sale of Windfields Farm's Maryland division in 1988, The Minstrel was sent to Overbrook Farm, in Lexington, Kentucky.

Among his offspring, The Minstrel's son, Palace Music, was a Grade 1 stakes winner who sired the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee, Cigar.

Suffering from laminitis, The Minstrel was euthanized in 1990 and was buried in Overbrook Farm's equine cemetery in Lexington.

Pedigree of The Minstrel
Northern Dancer
Nearctic Nearco Pharos
Lady Angela Hyperion
Sister Sarah
Natalma Native Dancer Polynesian
Almahmoud Mahmoud
Victoria Park Chop Chop Flares
Victoriana Windfields
Flaming Page Bull Page Bull Lea
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