From Frank Mitchell
The following post first appeared earlier this week at Paulick Report.
In the great test of the racetrack, one thing is certain. Speed kills the opposition, and a stallion or broodmare who consistently transmits speed, whether quality front-running speed or powerful finishing speed, has a license to become a major influence in the breed.
Over the past 30 years, one of the most consistent sources of first-rate speed for front-running or finishing has been the great Northern Dancer stallion Danzig. An unbeaten and relatively untried racer, Danzig secured a place at stud through the confidence of the great horseman Woody Stephens and the faith that Claiborne Farm’s Seth Hancock had in the wisdom of the trainer of classic winners and champions.
Stephens brought Hancock together with Danzig’s owner Henryk de Kwiatkowski for lunch at Belmont Park, where the principals wrote out the syndication agreement on a napkin, and the rest…
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