Windfields

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Windfields
SireBunty Lawless
GrandsireLadder
DamNandi
DamsireStimulus
SexStallion
Foaled1943
CountryCanada
ColourBay
BreederE. P. Taylor
OwnerE. P. Taylor
TrainerBert Alexandra
Record75: 19-10-5
Earnings$83,380
Major wins
Victoria Stakes (1945)
Gravesend Purse (1946)
Breeders' Stakes (1946)
Honours
Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame (2002)

Windfields (1943–1971) was a Canadian Hall of Fame Thoroughbred racehorse who was the first stakes race winner bred by E. P. Taylor and for whom he named his world-famous Windfields Farm.[1]

Out of the mare Nandi,[2] for whom the Nandi Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack is named, Windfields was sired by Bunty Lawless, who in 1951 was voted Canada's "Horse of the Half-Century."[3]

Trained by Bert Alexandra, as a two-year-old in 1945 Windfields won his first start by six lengths, then won the five furlong Victoria Stakes in a time of 0:59.00, breaking Faireno's track record at Old Woodbine Racetrack by 3/5 of a second.[4] The colt followed this win with another track record in the Rosedale Purse but then suffered a knee injury that kept him out of racing.

Ineligible for Canada's most prestigious race, the Kings Plate for three-year-olds, in September 1946 the three-year-old Windfields defeated Plate winner Kingarvie by five lengths in the 1946 Breeders' Stakes. Scratched from the 1946 Belmont Stakes, Windfields won his third straight race, and second in a row at Aqueduct Racetrack, with a win in the mile and one-eighth Gravesend Purse.[5]

Although never a great racehorse, Windfields competed through age six, notably defeating the great Australian runner Shannon to win a Stakes race on January 25, 1948, at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California.[6]

As a sire[edit]

Retired to stud duty, Windfields made his real contribution to racing as a stallion. He sired fifteen stakes winners, including 1956 Canadian Triple Crown winner and Hall of Fame inductee Canadian Champ. Through his daughter Victoriana, who produced seven winners, Windfields was the damsire of the good filly Northern Queen, and Canadian Horse of the Year and Hall of Fame inductee Victoria Park. Through another daughter, Windfields was the damsire of Cool Reception, the 1996 Canadian Champion 2-Year-Old Colt and a Hall of Fame inductee.

Windfields died in 1971 at age twenty-eight and was buried in the equine cemetery at Windfields Farm in Oshawa, Ontario.[7]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Windfields". Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. 2002-12-01. Retrieved 2018-11-03.
  2. ^ "Nandi, The Next Best Thing". Canadian Forces The Maple Leaf, Vol. 3, No. 89. 1945-07-07. Retrieved 2018-11-09. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ "Windfields". Equibase Co. LLC. 2018-11-09. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  4. ^ "Nandi, The Next Best Thing". Canadian Forces The Maple Leaf, Vol. 3, No. 89. 1945-07-07. Retrieved 2018-11-09. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ "Windfields Scores Again at Aqueduct". Daily Racing Form at University of Kentucky Archives. 1946-06-11. Retrieved 2018-11-03.
  6. ^ "Windfields Outruns Endeavor and Shannon". New York Times - Associated Press. 1948-01-25. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  7. ^ "Grave Matters: Windfields Farm". Thoroughbred Heritage. 2002-01-01. Retrieved 2018-11-09.