Northern Dancer Sire Line in Japan Part2

2022-11-22 | By jpkeiba | Filed in: Sire Lines.

Northern Dancer Sire Line in Japan Part2

Posted in November 2022 – To be updated as needed (Latest update: November 2022)

In Part 1, the following will be presented. 

Northern Taste sire line
Nijinsky sire line
Vice Regent sire line – Deputy Minister sire line
Sadler’s Wells sire line
Lyphard sire line – Dancing Brave sire line

In Part 2, the following will be presented.

Danzig sire line – Danehill sire line
Nureyev sire line

Storm Bird sire line – Storm Cat sire line
Topsider sire line
Try My Best sire line
El Gran Senor sire line
Secreto sire line
Fairy King sire line

Northern Jove, Northfields, Be My Guest, The Minstrel, Sovereign Dancer, Dixieland Band
Other Northern Dancer line stallions


Danzig sire line – Danehill sire line

  • Danzig line is probably the most successful Northern Dancer line when considered on a global scale.
    The characteristics of Danzig’s foals, such as fast growth and strength in short-distance races, are probably the most sought-after characteristics in horse racing since the late 1980s to the present day.
    In the generations after Danzig’s grand-foals, the Danzig line of racehorses did well not only in short-distance races but also in middle and long-distance races after the age of three, such as the classic races, and their characteristics as sires changed in various ways.
  • Australia is now like a Danehill continent, and the Danehill line and Green Desert line are also active in Europe.
  • In North America, Danzig himself was the leading sire for three consecutive years, but previously the Danzig line was not a very powerful sire line.
    In recent years, however, the Danzig line has been gaining power, especially from War Front’s foals.
  • On the other hand, the Danzig and Danehill lines are often disregarded in Japan.
    The Danzig line is not considered very important as a pedigree, despite the fact that there have been quite a few successful horses in Japan until now.
    I think the reason for this is that Danzig line is not considered as a top sire in turf, dirt, short, medium or long distance respectively.
    I have the impression that when Danzig line sires are used, it is only to prevent extreme inbreeding.
  • Even recently, Persian Knight and Blast Onepiece, two of Harbinger’s foals who were successful racehorses, failed to become stallions.
    The Danzig and Danehill lines show no signs of connecting in Japan.

Danzig (by Northern Dancer)

  • Quite a few of Danzig’s direct foals came to Japan.
  • His foal Yamanin Paradise won a G1 race in Japan.
    Agnes World was so bad at turning corners that he could not win a G1 race in Japan, but won a straight G1 race in a foreign country.
    Agnes World became a stallion at Shadai Stallion Station, but none of his foals won G1 races in Japan.
    Agnes World sired Wonderful World, who won a G1 race in Australia.

Green Desert (by Danzig)

  • Green Desert line has been gaining power in Europe in recent years.
  • His foal Shinko Forest won a G1 race in Japan.
    Shinko Forest was re-exported to Ireland and worked as a stallion in Ireland and England.
    He did reasonably well as a stallion but was euthanized in 2007.
    Since his death, his half-brother New Approach has been very successful, winning the Epsom Derby, and his niece Was won the Epsom Oaks.
    If Shinko Forest had lived after New Approach’s success, he might have been a better treated stallion.

Kingman (by Invincible Spirit)

    • Kingman is an active stallion by Green Desert line.
    • His German-bred foal, Schnell Meister, won a G1 race in Japan.
      Schnell Meister is a thoroughbred from the “Schwarzgold” aka “S-line”, a German family line with many successful horses in Japan.
      Therefore, Schnell Meister will probably be treated well as a stallion in Japan.

Danehill (by Danzig)

  • Danehill is a very successful stallion in Europe and, most importantly, in Australia.
  • A few of Danehill’s foals have been imported to Japan, and Danehill even came to Japan in 1996 to work as a stallion.
  • His foals that have won G1 races in Japan are Fine Motion, an Irish-born, Japanese-trained horse, and Fairy King Prawn, an Australian-born, Hong Kong-trained horse.
  • Checking his stallion record in Japan from the current point of view, I believe that more horses that would have won G1 races could have been produced if better broodmares had been available.
    However, most of the good Japanese broodmares at the time were by Northern Taste or Maruzensky, and the Japanese breeders tend to dislike inbreeding, so it was a difficult environment for Danehill to begin with.
  • It may happen several times in the future that Australian-born Danehill line racehorses win short distance G1 races in Japan.

Harbinger (by Dansili)

    • After winning the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes by 11 lengths, Harbinger worked as a stallion at Shadai Stallion Station in Japan.
    • As mentioned above, Persian Knight and Blast Onepiece did not become sires.
      Currently, there are no strong successors to him.

Chief Bearhart (by Chief’s Crown)

  • Chief Bearhart did reasonably well as a stallion.
  • His foals Meiner Recolte and Meiner Kitz won G1 races on the flat and Merci A Time won a J・G1 race in the steeplechase.

Polish Navy (by Danzig)

  • He was a stallion in Japan from 1993 to 1998.
    He did not have many successful horses in Japan.
  • His foal Godspeed won a G3 race, then switched to steeplechase and won the J・G1 race, the Nakayama Daishogai.

Polish Precedent (by Danzig)

  • His foal, Pilsudski, came to Japan, won the Japan Cup, and later became a stallion in Japan.

Pilsudski (by Polish Precedent)

    • He was purchased by JRA and ran in the Japan Cup.
      It is still talked about that he was so excited in the paddock that he had his penis erect before running in the Japan Cup.
      (It is rumored that he may have had sexual desire for Air Groove.)
      In the race, he won by a neck over Air Groove.
    • He was a stallion of great promise, but his foals did not do well at all.
    • It is a great mystery that his own and his sister Fine Motion, by Danehill, were also successful in Japan, but none of his foals were able to do well at all.

Adjudicating (by Danzig)

  • His foals were active in NAR’s Nankan Keiba (South Kanto public horse racing) and he was called the Sunday Silence of South Kanto.
    He has been the NAR’s leading sire for eight consecutive years since 2001.
  • His foal, Adjudi Mitsuo, has won the JPN1 race five times and is widely known to horse racing fans who only watch JRA.

Langfuhr (by Danzig)

  • His foal Apollo Kentucky won the Tokyo Daishoten, a G1race.
    Apollo Kentucky started his career as a stallion in 2020 but died in 2022 at the age of 10.

Hard Spun (by Danzig)

  • His foal Someries won a JPN1 race.

Nureyev sire line

  • Nureyev line has had good results as a sire line in races of about 1600 to 2400 meters on turf in Japan, Europe and the U.S.
    In Japan, Nureyev line has had several racehorses with good results, but no stallion has been able to connect the sire line as a sire.
  • Even on a global scale, the Nureyev line was in considerable decline for a time due to the decline of the Theatrical line and the fact that Peintre Celebre did not produce good stallions.
    Today, the Nureyev line is somewhat on the verge of a comeback thanks to the Starcraft line in Australia and the Pivotal – Siyouni line in Europe, which spawned Sottsass and St Mark’s Basilica.
  • Returning again to Japan, I think that Nureyev’s greatest influence on Japanese horse racing is that he is the dam-sire of Gold Allure.
    Gold Allure sired many successful dirt race horses as a stallion.
    In Japan, Nureyev has a strong impression of dirt racing due to the influence of Gold Allure and To the Victory.

Nureyev (by Northern Dancer)

Theatrical (by Nureyev)

  • Theatrical was an early architect of the Nureyev line’s prosperity.
  • His foal, Hishi Amazon, was very successful in Japan.
  • Also, Taiki Blizzard (by Seattle Slew) is his brother.

Zagreb (by Theatrical)

    • Zagreb came from Ireland to Japan as a stallion, but did not have good results.
      However, only two horses did well.
    • The two horses are Cosmo Sunbeam and Cosmo Bulk, both born in 2001.
      Cosmo Sunbeam won a G1 race as a 2-year-old, and Cosmo Bulk won a G1 race in Singapore, although he was one step short of winning a G1 race in Japan.
    • However, both Cosmo Sunbeam and Cosmo Bulk failed to become stallions.

Fotitieng (by Nureyev)

  • Fotitieng was fairly successful as a stallion, producing several grade race winners.
  • His foal Wonder Perfume won the G1 race.

Storm Bird sire line – Storm Cat sire line

  • The explanation about the Storm Bird line is almost an explanation about the Storm Cat line.
  • Storm Cat line is one of the top sire lines in North America.
    If considering the number of breeding records, more than half of the Northern Dancer line in North America is the Storm Cat line.
  • In Japan, the impression was that the Storm Cat line grew fast, with many of its foals successful in races of about 1,600 meters, whether on turf or dirt.
    (It may be a similar impression in the U.S. as well.)
    It was a good sire line in Japan, but it was not a sire line that was utilized that much.
  • The cross between Deep Impact and the mares by Storm Bird line had very amazing results.
    Horses by sire Deep Impact and dam-sire Storm Cat include Ayusan, Kizuna, Lachesis, Satono Aladdin, A Shin Hikari, Real Steel, Loves Only You, Danon Kingly, and Study of Man, all of whom have won G1 races in Japan and abroad.
    The chemistry between Deep Impact and Storm Cat is often talked about in a special way.
    However, Deep Impact is also compatible with Deputy Minister line, Fappiano (Unbridled) line, and others, so in the end, Deep Impact would be compatible with a good American broodmare with good power.
    (In Europe, horses with sire Deep Impact and dam-sire Galileo have also done well.)
  • It is probably true that the value of the Storm Cat line as a sire line is being reevaluated in Japan thanks to Deep Impact.
    Storm Cat line stallions such as Shanghai Bobby, Caravaggio, Drefong, and Bricks and Mortar are coming to Japan one after another.

Charismatic (by Summer Squall)

  • Charismatic won the U.S. Double Crown and the Horse of the Year.
    He was a stallion in the U.S. for three years, but was sold to Japan because the stud fee would probably drop after the fourth year.
  • In Japan, the first two years were promising, but after that the number of breeding decreased significantly.
    His foals did not do so well.
  • His foal Wonder Acute won the JPN1 races.
    The only horse from the Storm Bird non-Strom Cat line that has won a G1 or JPN1 race in Japan is Wonder Acute.
    (I am not sure of the accuracy of this information.)
  • Even after Wonder Acute’s success, the demand for Charismatic as a sire did not increase.
    Wonder Acute also has not been very active as a stallion.

Forest Wildcat (by Storm Cat)

  • One of his foals, A Shin Forward, came to Japan and won a G1 race in Japan.

Hennessy (by Storm Cat)

  • Several of his foals were imported to Japan and he also worked as a stallion in Japan in 2001.
    His foals were successful in Japanese dirt racing.
  • His foal Sunrise Bacchus won a G1 race in Japan.
  • Hennessy line is very active in the U.S. through Scat Daddy and others.
  • There are also many successors to him in Japan, and the Hennessy line is popular as a sire line that earns money consistently with few failures.
    Although the Japanese-born Sunrise Bacchus and Copano Fujin are not popular as his successors, more and more of his successors from the U.S. are coming to Japan to become sires in great demand.

Johannesburg (by Hennessy)

    • He sired Scat Daddy and others during his stallion career in the U.S.
      He then started working as a stallion in Japan in 2010.
    • He was much in demand in his first year in Japan, but since then demand has decreased.
      His first year foals were active and his demand increased very much in 2014, but after that his foals were not very active and his demand decreased again.
    • In Japan, Nero is his successor, but he is now a stallion in the Kyushu region due to low demand.
    • Scat Daddy was very successful in the U.S. as a stallion, but it can be said that he died somewhat prematurely.
      If Johannesburg had remained in the U.S., he could have been treated better as a stallion.

Scat Daddy (by Johannesburg)

    • He was very successful in the United States.
    • His foal Mr Melody, imported to Japan, won a G1 race.
      Since Scat Daddy died prematurely, Mr. Melody was offered as a stallion from abroad, but he became a stallion in Japan.
    • In addition, Caravaggio, winner of two G1 races in the U.S., will become a stallion in Japan.

Henny Hughes (by Hennessy)

    • Henny Hughes was a stallion in the U.S. and Australia, but his ownership was completely transferred to Australia without much success in the U.S.
      However, when his foal, Beholder, began to be very successful in the U.S., he was scheduled to continue his stallion career in the U.S. and Australia.
      Some of his foals that had been previously imported to Japan were active in Japan.
      His demand in the U.S. and Australia had not increased much, so he was imported to Japan in 2013 and worked in Japan starting in 2014.
    • He was a very in-demand stallion from his first year in Japan, as his foal Asia Express won a 2-year-old G1 race in 2013 when he arrived.
      After that, his foals were very successful, especially in dirt races.
      The fact that his foals grew quickly and were strong in short-distance races meant that they made few failures, so he became a popular stallion with a sense of reliability.
    • His foals Asia Express, Moanin, Wide Pharaoh, and Alain Barows have won G1 or JPN1 races in Japan.
    • Even in 2022, when his stud fees rose and his successor emerged, he is still Book Full and the demand for him as a stallion did not decrease much.

Drefong (by Gio Ponti)

  • Drefong worked as a stallion at Shadai Stallion Station in 2018.
    It was the first time in 15 years since War Emblem and Swept Overboard that Shadai Stallion Station imported a stallion from the U.S.
  • The Shadai Group probably imported him because of his compatibility with Deep Impact.
    When they imported him, they also mentioned that he has a pedigree that can be used for longer distances in turf races.
  • His first year foal, Geoglyph, won the Matsuki Sho, proving that Drefong’s foals can compete in middle-distance races on the turf.
    However, even though the sample size is still small, the overall trend of his foals has not been very successful in turf races.
    His foals have done better in dirt races than in turf races, and Geoglyph is the only one who has done well in turf races over middle distances.
    Also, the Drefong’s foals, whose dam-sire is Deep Impact, have not been as successful as one might expect.
  • Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see what kind of research the Shadai Group will do on his foals and how they will raise his foals.

Bernstein (by Storm Cat)

  • Bernstein became the leading sire in Argentina.
  • His foal, Goshawk Ken, came to Japan and won a G1 race.

Giant’s Causeway (by Storm Cat)

  • Giant’s Causeway has been the most successful Storm Cat’s foal.
    He was also very successful as a sire.
  • His foal, Eishin Apollon, was imported to Japan and won a G1 race.
  • His foal, Bricks and Mortar, is beginning to work as a stallion at Shadai Stallion Station.

Statue of Liberty (by Storm Cat)

  • He is the brother of Lemon Drop Kid and was a stallion in Japan from 2008 to 2012.
    He was sold to Australia in 2012.
    His foals were pretty successful.

Seeking the Dia (by Storm Cat)

  • Seeking the Dia was a foal by Seeking the Pearl and was called the Silver Collector after finishing second nine times in G1 or JPN1 races.
  • He was not in great demand as a stallion in Japan, so he went to the U.S. and then to Chile.
    In Chile, he was very successful as a stallion.
  • If he had won a couple of G1 races or if the good chemistry between Deep Impact and Storm Cat had been recognized earlier, he might have been more in demand in Japan.
    However, even if that had happened, he would not have been as successful in Japan as he was in Chile in reality, so it would have been better for him to be a stallion in Chile than in Japan.

Topsider sire line

  • Topsider was a modest racehorse in terms of performance, but he did quite well as a stallion.
    His foals were successful in the U.S. and Europe.
  • Two stallions, Doulab and Assatis, succeeded him in Japan.
    However, the survival of the Topsider line, both in Japan and elsewhere, is difficult.

Doulab (by Top Sider)

    • He came to Japan after five years as a stallion in Ireland.
    • His foals were fairly successful in dirt racing.
      His two foals, Shinko Windy and Toshin Blizzard, won G1 or JPN1 races.

Assatis (by Top Sider)

    • Assatis was born in the U.S., trained in England, and raced in Europe, as well as in the 1989 Japan Cup.
    • His foals were successful in dirt racing.
      His foals, Wing Arrow and Bonneville Record, won G1 or JPN1 races.
    • Wing Arrow had a little promise as a sire, but his foals didn’t do much.

Try My Best sire line

  • Try My Best is the younger brother of El Gran Senor.
    He was not a great sire, but he was a good sire, becoming a leading sire in Italy.
  • His foals, Last Tycoon and Waajib, were successful as stallions and his sire line still exists today.
    The Last Tycoon line is mainly active in Oceania, and the Waajib line has been active in recent years with Dark Angel’s foals in short-distance races in Europe.
  • Try My Best actually came to Japan in 1992 at the age of 17 to work as a stallion.
    However, due to his advanced age, he was not able to do much and died on June 25, 1993.
    Only ten of his foals after his arrival in Japan were registered in the studbook.
  • One of the most influential aspects of Japan’s involvement with Try My Best is that Last Tycoon is the dam-sire of King Kamehameha.
    Thanks to King Kamehameha’s great success as a sire, the names Try My Best and Last Tycoon are often seen in Japanese thoroughbred studbooks in recent years.

Last Tycoon (by Try My Best)

    • Last Tycoon spent some time as a stallion in Japan.
    • His Japanese foals have been quite successful, but only Arrow Carry has won a G1 race.

Marju (by Last Tycoon)

    • Marju was a successful racehorse in England and a successful stallion in Ireland.
      His foals were successful in races in Europe and Hong Kong.
    • Satono Crown is the last generation foal he left and debuted as a racehorse in Japan.
      Satono Crown has won G1 races in Hong Kong and Japan.
      Satono Crown is currently in fairly good demand as a stallion due to his inexpensive breeding fee and non-mainstream pedigree.

Bigstone (by Last Tycoon)

    • Bigstone won four G1 races in Europe, but did not do well as a sire.
    • Only six of his foals have raced in Japan.
      One of those six was Meisho Doto, winner of the Takarazuka Kinen.

El Gran Senor sire line

  • El Gran Senor is the older brother of Try My Best, and as a racehorse he had a better racing career.
    He was a very promising stallion, but due to a low fertilization rate, he was not a great success.
    (Even so, the quality of his foals was high.)
  • His most successful foal was Rodrigo de Triano.
    Rodrigo de Triano came to Japan immediately after his retirement to work as a stallion.

Rodrigo de Triano (by El Gran Senor)

  • His foals were successful in Japan and one of them, Erimo Excel, won the Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks).
  • However, the results of his foals gradually worsened and in 2002 the demand for him as a stallion dropped drastically.
  • He moved from one place to another in Japan, including Chiba, Tochigi, Kagoshima, and Aomori prefectures, in search of a place where he could play an active role.
    He was a stallion in Japan from 1993 to 2013, although he did go to Australia as a shuttle stallion.
  • Super Hornet, winner of four G2 races, succeeded him.
    But Super Hornet was in little demand.
    Then the report emerged that Super Hornet was slaughtered after he ceased to be a stallion in 2019.
    Since then, there have been no further reports of the Super Hornet being found, making this one report extremely credible.
    Perhaps moved by Super Hornet’s tragic end, one of his few foals, Hyper Hornet, was registered as a stallion.
    Hyper Hornet is a sire of the El Gran Senor line, which is now rare not only in Japan but also in the world.
    However, it is very unlikely that Hyper Hornet will be used as a stallion.

Secreto sire line

  • Secreto beat El Grand Senor to win the Epsom Derby.
    He is the only horse to have beaten El Grand Senor.
  • He did reasonably well as a stallion, but he was a failed stallion when one considers the high expectations placed on him in the beginning.
  • There were quite a few of his successors in the world, but his successors did little good.

Secreto (by Northern Dancer)

  • Calumet Farm, the prestigious American farm he was on, went bankrupt in 1991 and he was put up for auction.
    He changed his location and was eventually purchased by a farm in Aomori, Japan in 1993.
  • Before he came to Japan, his 1991-born foal named Field Bomber had come to Japan and finished second in the Asahi Hai Sansai Stakes. (The winner of the Asahi Hai at this time was Narita Brian.)
    This made Secreto quite in demand even though he was available in the unfavorable Aomori Prefecture as a stallion.
  • His Japanese foals did not do very well.
    His demand as a stallion was greatly reduced and died in 1999.
  • After his death, his foal, Tamuro Cherry, won the two-year-old G1 race, the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies.

Fairy King sire line

  • Fairy King is the brother of Sadler’s Wells.
    He did not win a single race as a racehorse, but became a stallion because of his pedigree.
    He succeeded greatly as a stallion, as did his brother.
  • His foals are characterized by faster growth and better results in short-distance races compared to Sadler’s Wells’ foals.
  • Tate Gallery, a brother of Sadler’s Wells and Fairy King, was to have been a stallion in Japan but died in an accident during air transport.

Fairy King (by Northern Dancer)

  • His foal, Shinko King, was imported to Japan and won a G1 race.
    Shinko King was not in great demand as a stallion in Japan, but was in great demand in New Zealand.
    His foals were successful in New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong.

Helissio (by Fairy King)

    • Hellisio was purchased by the Shadai Group as the best foal by Fairy King and became a stallion in Japan.
    • His foals won G1 races in Australia, but not in Japan.
    • His best-known Japanese foal is Pop Rock, who finished second in the Melbourne Cup, Arima Kinen, and Japan Cup.
    • Helissio was sold to Northern Ireland in 2005.

Falbrav (by Fairy King)

    • Falbrav was purchased by the Shadai Group as Fairy King’s second best and became a stallion in Japan.
    • His foals were quite successful and won several G2 and G3 races, but never won a G1 race.
    • His foals have a significant distinction.
      If his foals are listed in order of prize money earned, the top of the list includes 14 mares and 5 geldings, and the uncastrated stallions do not appear until the 20th or later.
      Even after that, his mares and geldings have been very successful, and his stallions have been poor.
      He is often mentioned as a typical filly sire.

Northern Jove, Northfields, Be My Guest, The Minstrel, Sovereign Dancer, Dixieland Band

  • The sire lines were once quite prosperous in the world, but have had few successful horses in Japan.

Other Northern Dancer line stallions

Northern Answer (by Northern Dancer)

  • Northern Answer was a sire who was quite active in Canada, but was exported to Japan.
    His foals were also successful in Japan, but did not win any grade races.

Viceregal (by Northern Dancer)

  • Viceregal was a tremendously successful racehorse, becoming Canada’s Horse of the Year as a two-year-old.
    He was also a successful sire, becoming Canada’s leading sire for three consecutive years beginning in 1976.
  • However, he was sold to Japan when he was at the peak of his career as a stallion and began working in Japan in 1979.
    His younger brother, Vice Regent, followed in his footsteps, becoming the leading sire in Canada for 11 consecutive years beginning in 1979.
    The end result in the eyes of posterity was that Viceregal was a better racehorse than Vice Regent, but not a better sire.
  • I have no information that would answer the question of why he was sold to Japan.
    Did they see that Vice Regent was more talented as a sire than Viceregal?
    It is true that Viceregal was Canada’s leading sire, but he did not produce any big-name sires.
    However, the same can be said of Vice Regent.
    In a sense, Vice Regent’s stallion record was highly evaluated thanks to the great success of Deputy Minister, a sire by Vice Regent.
  • Viceregal’s Japanese foals did quite well.
    However, many of his foals had rough temperaments, and they were more successful in dirt races than in the mainstream turf races in Japan.
  • His only foal to win a G1 race in Japan was Gold City.

Minsky (by Northern Dancer)

  • Minsky is Nijinsky’s younger brother by one year.
    After a fairly good career as a racehorse, he became a stallion in Japan.
  • His foals did well enough to live up to their pedigree.
    However, he died prematurely after three years as a stallion in Japan.
    If he had lived longer, he might have been a leading sire contender, and Northern Taste and Maruzensky might have been fewer successful.

Nice Dancer (by Northern Dancer)

  • Nice Dancer became Canada’s best 3-year-old colt and worked as a stallion in Canada and later in Japan.
    His foals were successful, and although there were no G1 winners, there were several G2 and G3 winners.
  • He himself had nothing to do with it, but many of his foals were beloved by horse racing fans.
    The most famous of his foals is Nice Nature, who is popular for running many races hard.
    His foals, Rugby Ball, Nice Nice Nice, Dance Dance Dance, and Comeoncomeoncomeon, were loved for their names.
    Rugby Ball, for example, would be a relatively common name in today’s sense of values, but it was a novel name in the Japanese horse racing sense of values at the time.
  • He is also the dam-sire of the popular racehorse Tokai Teio.
    He is also the granddam-sire of Tiznow, a very popular racehorse in the United States.
    Tiznow was born from the offspring left by Nice Dancer while he was in North America.
    Nice Dancer’s sire line has probably been discontinued, but thanks to Tiznow there are many descendants.
    Contrail, the 2020 Japanese Triple Crown winner, is also a descendant of Tiznow, so the Nice Dancer name will never disappear from the pedigree charts.

Northerly (by Northern Dancer)

  • Northerly’s foals were quite successful and he was in demand as a stallion.
    He sired a G1 winner in the U.S., but no G1 winners in Japan.

Kolymsky (by Northern Dancer)

  • Kolymsky’s foals were pretty successful.
    His foal Merry Nice won the Japanese Derby.

Fabulous Dancer (by Northern Dancer)

  • Fabulous Dancer was not active in Japan.
    His foal, Fabulous la Fouine, came to Japan and won a G1 race in Japan.

Swift Swallow (by Northern Dancer)

  • Swift Swallow’s foals have been successful in both turf and dirt racing, and he was once NAR’s leading sire.
  • Among his foals, Sunny Swallow, who finished second in the Derby, is the most famous of the JRA horses.
  • He is best known as the dam-sire of the Double Crown winner Sunny Brian.
    (Sunny Brian is the nephew of Sunny Swallow.)

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