Northernette

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Northernette
Sire Northern Dancer
Grandsire Nearctic
Dam South Ocean
Damsire New Providence
Sex Mare
Foaled March 4, 1974
Country Canada
Colour Bay
Breeder E. P. Taylor
Owner Syl Asadoorian & Sam Cosentino
Peter M. Brant
Trainer Jerry C. Meyer
Frank Y. Whiteley, Jr.
Record 33: 13-11-3
Earnings US$404,914[1]
Major wins
Mazarine Stakes (1976)
Fury Stakes (1977)
Selene Stakes (1977)
Canadian Oaks (1977)
Chrysanthemum Handicap (1977)
Apple Blossom Handicap (1978)
Top Flight Handicap (1978)
Awards
Canadian Champion 2-Year-Old Filly (1976)
Canadian Champion 3-Year-Old Filly (1977)
Honours
Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame (1987)

Northernette (foaled March 4, 1974 - ?) was a Canadian Thoroughbred Hall of Fame racehorse. A Canadian champion at both ages two and three, she was also a Grade I stakes winner in the United States.

Background[edit]

Northernette was a bay mare who was bred in Ontario by E.P. Taylor, called the "chief architect of the modern evolution of Canadian racing and breeding" by the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Taylor was the founder of the Canadian Jockey Club and helped run several other prominent racing institutions. He is best known as the owner and breeder of the great Northern Dancer, who was the first Canadian-bred horse to win the Kentucky Derby and later became one of the most dominant sires in Thoroughbred history.[2]

Taylor also bred the mare South Ocean, who won the Canadian Oaks in 1970 and later produced eight winners from twelve foals. When bred to Northern Dancer, South Ocean first produced Northernette, followed a few years later by champion and important sire Storm Bird. Several of South Ocean's daughters also became successful producers, and her name can be found in pedigrees around the world.[3] In retrospect, the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame says that Northernette "was among the best Canadian-bred race fillies ever raised in this country."[4]

Northernette was purchased at auction by the partnership of Syl Asadoorian and Sam Cosentino who raced her from a base at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario. They entrusted her conditioning to Jerry Meyer.

Racing career[edit]

In her two-year-old racing season, Northernette raced ten times, finishing first five times, second three times and third once. Second in her first start on May 9, 1976 at Woodbine, she won her following start on May 22. Over the summer, she recorded two wins in allowance company before finishing second in her first stakes race appearance in the Princess Elizabeth. She then won another allowance race before recording her most important victory of the year in the Mazarine Stakes. She finished the year with a fourth-place finish in the Demoiselle Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack in the United States. She was voted the 1976 Sovereign Award for Champion 2-Year-Old Filly.[1]

At age three in 1977, Northernette earned five wins and five second-placed finishes from twelve starts.[1] Her most important win was in the prestigious Canadian Oaks, which she won by a then-record eleven lengths. In so doing, she became the first Canadian Oaks winner to be the daughter of an Oaks winner.[5] Northernette then went up against her male counterparts in Canada's most important race, the Queen's Plate, and finished second to Sound Reason by a half length.[6] She also set a stakes record while winning the Selene Stakes.[4] She was then shipped to Saratoga where she finished second in the Test Stakes, then fifth in the Alabama.[1]

After the Alabama in August 1977, Northernette's owners sold a controlling interest in her to American Peter M. Brant.[4] Her conditioning was then taken over by future U.S. Racing Hall of Fame trainer, Frank Whiteley, whose son David, as well as Shug McGaughey, were both working as his assistants. In her first start for her new connections, Northernette won an allowance race at Woodbine before shipping south to Laurel Park in Maryland, where she won the Grade III Chrysanthemum Handicap.[1] She finished the year with a runner-up finish in the Grade II Firenze Handicap, losing by a nose. Northernette's 1977 performances earned her Canadian Champion 3-Year-Old Filly honors.[4]

In 1978, Northernette recorded three wins and two second-place finishes from eleven starts. The highlights were her two Grade I wins, in both cases while under the care of one of Frank Whitely's assistant trainers. Under McGaughey, Northernette won the Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas then was sent north to Aqueduct Racetrack where David Whiteley saddled her to a win in the Top Flight Handicap. Later in the season, Northernette finished second to American Champion Three-Year-Old Filly Tempest Queen in the Spinster Stakes at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky.[4]

Stud record[edit]

Retired to broodmare duty, Northernette became a successful producer, though not at the level of her dam South Ocean. Northernette's best offspring were American Grade I winner Scoot and Irish Group II winner Gold Crest, both by Mr. Prospector. Several of her daughters also became successful producers in North America, Europe and Japan.[7] South Ocean and Northernette were both named reines-de-course, a term for influential broodmares, by pedigree expert Ellen Parker.[8]

Northernette was inducted in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1987.

Pedigree[edit]

Pedigree of Northernette (CAN), bay mare, 1974
Sire
Northern Dancer (CAN)
1961
Nearctic (CAN)
1954
Nearco Pharos
Nogara
Lady Angela Hyperion
Sister Sarah
Natalma (USA)
1957
Native Dancer Polynesian
Geisha
Almahmoud Mahmoud
Arbitrator
Dam
South Ocean (CAN)
1967
New Providence (CAN)
1956
Bull Page Bull Lea
Our Page
Fair Colleen Preciptic
Fairvale
Shining Sun (CAN)
1962
Chop Chop Flares
Sceptical
Solar Display Sun Again
Dark Display (Family 4-j)[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Northernette Profile". www.equibase.com. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "E.P. Taylor | Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame". Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  3. ^ Hunter, Avalyn. "South Ocean (CAN)". American Classic Pedigrees. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Northernette | Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame". horseracinghalloffame.com. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  5. ^ "Oaks Facts" (PDF). Woodbine Entertainment Group. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  6. ^ "A roundup of the week of June 20-26". SI.com. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  7. ^ "Pedigree of Hip No. 43" (PDF). Keeneland Sales. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  8. ^ "Solar Display 4-j - Reines-de-Course". www.reines-de-course.com. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  9. ^ "Thoroughbred Bloodlines - Lady Lumley - Family 4-j". Bloodlines.net. Retrieved 2013-10-28.