Ramon Cerda with Northern Dancer during training in Lexington for the Kentucky Derby in April ’64. (Penguin Canada)
Champion racehorse Northern Dancer CBC Archives
Fifty years ago today, Northern Dancer crossed the finish line and bolted into Canadian history as this country's greatest racehorse in the Kentucky Derby.
A lot was riding on the shoulders of that little colt. Kevin Chong tells the incredible story of this great thoroughbred in his new book Northern Dancer: The Legendary Horse That Inspired a Nation. Kevin Chong joined us from Vancouver.
Ron Turcotte is, one of the greatest jockeys in racing history. Not only did he race Northern Dancer, he also rode the great Secretariat to the Triple Crown in 1973. Ron Turcotte was in Grand Falls, New Brunswick.
The 140th running of the Kentucky Derby is tomorrow.
Are you a horse racing fan? Do you have memories of the Kentucky Derby to share?
This segment was produced by The Current's Howard Goldenthal.