Green Dancer

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Green Dancer
Sire Nijinsky
Grandsire Northern Dancer
Dam Green Valley
Damsire Val de Loir
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1972
Country United States
Colour Bay
Breeder Germaine Wertheimer
Owner Jacques Wertheimer
Trainer Alec Head
Record 8: 4–2–0
Earnings US$433,052 (equivalent)
Major wins
Observer Gold Cup (1974)
Prix Lupin (1975)
Poule d'Essai des Poulains (1975)
Leading sire in France (1991)

Green Dancer (April 14, 1972 – December 5, 2000) was a French Thoroughbred racehorse.


A son of the English Triple Crown winner, Nijinsky, he was bred in Kentucky by Germaine Wertheimer of Paris, France who owned his dam, Green Valley.[1]

Racing career[edit]

Green Dancer was raced in France by Germaine Wertheimer's son, Jacques, and trained by Alec Head. He was a winner of a French Classic Race and two other Group One races in France and in England. In the 1975 Epsom Derby Green Dancer started 6/4 favourite but finished only sixth behind Grundy. His poor performance reportedly left Alec Head "dumbfounded".[2]

Stud record[edit]

Retired to stud in France, in 1980 Green Dancer was sent to stand at Gainesway Farm near Lexington, Kentucky. He became the fourth leading sire in France in 1983 and 1984, and was that country's Champion sire in 1991. Green Dancer's daughters produced seven Champions that earned Horse of the Year[disambiguation needed] honors on eight occasions.

Due to declining health, Green Dancer was pensioned near the end of November, 2000[3] but had to be euthanized a short time later.[4] He is buried in the Gainesway Farm cemetery next to Lyphard, another Champion sire owned by the Wertheimer family.

Green Dancer sired:

Green Dancer was the damsire of:


  1. ^ Green Dancer's pedigree and partial racing stats
  2. ^ "The Age – Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 2014-08-30. 
  3. ^ Thoroughbred Times November 29, 2000 article titled Green Dancer pensioned at 28
  4. ^ Thoroughbred Times December 8, 2000 obituary for Green Dancer