Northern Dancer Horseshoe
Once quoted to be "the dominant progenitor of his breed," the immortal Northern Dancer was the greatest sire of the 20th century. His dominance from 1965 through 1987 in both North America and Europe was unprecedented and his demand became so high that a single breeding to him fetched $1,000,000 in 1985 ($1.45 million adjusted for inflation). The ten most expensive stallions in the world today, including Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh, are descendants of Northern Dancer. Adding to the extraordinaire that is Northern Dancer, his dominance as a sire was nearly paralleled by him as a race horse. He won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Florida Derby, Bluegrass Stakes, Queens Plate and several other major events which led him to being voted Eclipse Champion Three-Year-Old Male in the United States. He is in both the American and Canadian Hall-of-Fame and is ranked #43 of 100 of the greatest U.S. thoroughbreds of the 20th century. This horseshoe was presented to Art Mercier, host of Chicago's nightly sports program (WBBN) in the 1960s. The shoe features a brass presentation plate which reads, "NORTHERN DANCER'S SHOE FOR ART MERCIER." This horseshoe is a "Victory" brand racing plate, however we were unable to identify if Northern Dancer wore it in a race or during his training regimen. Two press photographs of the Art Mercier are included.
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