Viceregal (horse)

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Viceregal
Sire Northern Dancer
Grandsire Nearctic
Dam Victoria Regina
Damsire Menetrier
Sex Stallion
Foaled April 4, 1966[1]
Country Canada
Colour Chestnut
Breeder E. P. Taylor
Owner Windfields Farm
Trainer Gordon J. McCann
Record 9: 8-0-1
Earnings $118,399
Major wins
Victoria Stakes (1968)
Vandal Stakes (1968)
Colin Stakes (1968)
Summer Stakes (1968)
Clarendon Stakes (1968)
Coronation Futurity Stakes (1968)
Cup and Saucer Stakes (1968)
Awards
Canadian Champion 2-Year-Old colt (1968)
Canadian Horse of the Year (1968)

Viceregal (April 4, 1966 - 1984) was a Canadian Champion Thoroughbred racehorse who was voted Canadian Horse of the Year as a two-year-old.

Background[edit]

Bred and raced by E. P. Taylor and his Windfields Farm, he was a first-crop son of the great Northern Dancer and out of the Windfields-owned mare, Victoria Regina.[2] Viceregal was conditioned for racing by Gordon J. "Pete" McCann.

Racing career[edit]

He was sent to race at age two in 1968, and although the colt suffered from soundness problems,[3] he nonetheless won all eight of his starts and won Canadian Horse of the Year honors. Popular with racing fans because of his come-from-behind style, of his eight wins, seven were stakes races including the two most important races for juveniles in Canada, the Coronation Futurity Stakes and the Cup and Saucer Stakes.

Targeted towards the 1969 Kentucky Derby, Viceregal was sent to race in the United States but on his first start in a minor race at Lexington he pulled up injured after finishing third.[4] It was discovered that he had broken a bone in a forefoot thereby ending his racing career.

Stud record[edit]

Retired to stud, Viceregal stood at Winfields Farm in Ontario as well as at breeding operations in Germany, France and Japan. In all, he sired thirty-five stakes race winners and is the damsire of the 1987 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner, Trempolino.

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