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8 Canadian Sires That Have Influenced the American Triple Crown

The recent impressive run of Canadian-bred sires on the Triple Crown began in 1986 when Ferdinand won the Kentucky Derby and has since continued.

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By: Griffin Coop |

In the lead up to the 2017 Belmont Stakes, this Canadian Thoroughbred article, delves into the pedigree of Lookin at Lee, a Belmont contender out of a mare by Canadian-bred Langfuhr, who was the Champion Sprinter in Canada in 1996.

The writer further notes that since the year 2000, horses whose sire or broodmare sire was bred in Canada have finished in the top three in 13 of the last 17 editions of the Belmont Stakes, which is the third jewel in the American Triple Crown of Horse Racing.

The article goes on to discuss eight Canadian sires that have influenced the American Triple Crown over the years. These mini profiles point the spotlight on: Langfuhr, Nijinksy II, Deputy Minister, Vice Regent, Storm Bird, Smart Strike, Awesome Again and Dancing Count, and note their bloodlines, successes and connections to the prestigious series of races, including the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

Read the full article on Canadian Thoroughbred.