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Significant Horse Racing Statistics to Ponder

In this annual statistical review of the Canadian Thoroughbred, Ray Paulick highlights some interesting facts from horse racing past and present.

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By: Ray Paulick |

This being the annual statistical edition of the Canadian Thoroughbred, I thought I’d throw a few numbers at you, from the past and present. • 22.8 per cent. That’s the percentage of black type stakes winners to foals recorded by Canadian and U.S. champion Northern Dancer, the Ontario-bred son of Nearctic who became the most influential thoroughbred sire of the 20th century. Of course, Northern Dancer only sired 646 foals during a stud career that ran from 1965 until he was pensioned in April 1987 at the age of 26. Only a handful of active contemporary sires reach double-digits in percentage of black type winners to foals. The current leader, according to, is War Front, at 11 per cent. A son of the Northern Dancer stallion Danzig, War Front has smaller foal crops on average than his peers. While Claiborne Farm has followed the trend to breed more mares…

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