Northern Taste

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Northern Taste
Sire Northern Dancer
Grandsire Nearctic
DamLady Victoria
Damsire Victoria Park
Sex Stallion
Country Canada
Colour Chestnut
Breeder E. P. Taylor
Owner Zenya Yoshida
Trainer John Cunnington, Jr.
Record20: 5-2-3
Earnings F 738,125 & £1.743
Major wins
Prix Thomas Bryon (1973)
Prix Eclipse (1973)
Prix Djebel (1974)
Prix de la Forêt (1974)
Prix du Pin (1975)
Last updated on June 17, 2007

Northern Taste (1971–2004) was a Canadian-bred Thoroughbred racehorse who raced in France and who became one of the most successful and influential leading sires in Japanese racing history.



Bred by E. P. Taylor at his Windfields Farm in Oshawa, Ontario, Northern Taste was out of the mare Lady Victoria, a daughter of Canadian Hall of Fame inductee, Victoria Park. His sire was the Canadian and U.S. Racing Hall of Fame star, Northern Dancer, whom the NTRA calls "one of the most influential sires in Thoroughbred history."

Edward Plunket Taylor was a Canadian business tycoon, investor, and philanthropist. He was a famous breeder of thoroughbred race horses. Known to his friends as "Eddie", he is universally recorded as "E. P. Taylor".

Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame

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Victoria Park (1957–1985) was a Canadian Thoroughbred racehorse. He was the first Canadian-bred horse to place in an American Triple Crown race.

Northern Taste was part of Windfields Farm's 1972 consignment of yearlings at the annual Saratoga yearling sale. He was purchased for US$100,000 by Teruya Yoshida for his father Zenya Yoshida, a Japanese racehorse owner/breeder who operated Shadai Farm in Shiraoi, Hokkaido. His new owner decided to race the colt in France and turned him over to trainer John Cunnington, Jr. at the Great Stables in Chantilly.

Saratoga Race Course

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Shadai Stallion Station is a thoroughbred breeding facility located in Abira on the island of Hokkaido in Japan. The farm was begun in the late 1970s to early 1980s by the late Zenya Yoshida, and is now run jointly by his sons, known collectively as the Shadai Group. As of 2006, the brothers own 3,000 horses worldwide. The farm houses stallions from Japan and many other countries and racing circuits. The grounds also house a racing museum and tourist park called the Northern Horse Park and the Northern Farm Kuko, a large horse-training and conditioning facility. The most expensive acquisition was War Emblem, which was bought for US$17 million in 2002 to replace Sunday Silence, which died suddenly that year of a heart attack. War Emblem was a reluctant breeder, siring only 106 registered foals between 2004 and 2011. He did not sire a foal after 2012, and was pensioned and returned to the United States in the fall of 2015 to Old Friends Equine. Other recent acquisitions include 2010 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Harbinger and 2010 Epsom Derby and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Workforce.

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Racing career

Racing at age two, Northern Taste won the Prix Thomas Bryon at Saint-Cloud Racecourse and the Prix Eclipse at Maisons-Laffitte Racecourse where the following April 1974 he would return to win the Prix Djebel. Sent to compete in the 1974 English Classics, Northern Taste finished fourth in the 2,000 Guineas and fifth in The Derby. Back in France, he ran third in the Prix Eugène Adam and in September finished second in the Group I Prix du Moulin de Longchamp at Longchamp Racecourse before winning the G1 Prix de la Forêt in October. He returned to the track in 1975 at age four, winning the Group III Prix du Pin in the Fall at Longchamp.

The Prix Thomas Bryon is a Group 3 flat horse race in France open to two-year-old thoroughbreds. It is run at Saint-Cloud over a distance of 1,400 metres, and it is scheduled to take place each year in October.

The Prix Eclipse is a Group 3 flat horse race in France open to two-year-old thoroughbreds. It is run at Chantilly over a distance of 1,200 metres, and it is scheduled to take place each year in October.

The Prix Djebel is a Group 3 flat horse race in France open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and geldings. It is run over a distance of 1,400 metres at Maisons-Laffitte in April.

Stud record

Retired from racing, Northern Taste was brought to Japan to stand at stud at his owner's breeding farm. His owner described him as a calm and healthy horse who rarely caught a cold or suffered from any of the intestinal problems common to Thoroughbreds.

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Northern Taste became one of the most important stallion in the history of Japanese horse breeding, especially in late 1980s to early 1990s. His success as a stallion made the Yoshida family breeding business into the largest and most successful in the history of Japan with the largest number of broodmares of any breeder in the world. Northern Taste set a record for having sired the most race winners in Japan Racing Association history with 1,754 (later beaten by Sunday Silence), and he substantially influenced the quality of the Japanese industry's bloodstock. He was the Leading sire in Japan for ten of the eleven years between 1982 and 1992 and also headed the broodmare sires list a number of times. His offspring proved successful at both medium and longer distances and were winners of 92 graded stakes races. Among his progeny were Amber Shadai, winner of the 1983 Autumn Tenno Sho; Dyna Carle, who won the 1983 Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks); 1986 Tokyo Yushun champion Dyna Gulliver; plus Champion Older Mare Dyna Actress and the 1990 Champion 2-year-old filly of Japan, Northern Driver.

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Sunday Silence American-bred Thoroughbred racehorse

Sunday Silence was an American-bred Thoroughbred racehorse and Sire. In 1989, he won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes but failed to complete the Triple Crown when he was defeated in the Belmont Stakes. Later in the same year, he won the Breeders' Cup Classic and was voted American Champion Three-Year-Old Colt and American Horse of the Year. Sunday Silence's racing career was marked by his rivalry with Easy Goer, whom he had a three to one edge over in their head-to-head races. Easy Goer, the 1988 American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt finished second to Sunday Silence in the Kentucky Derby by two-and-a-half lengths, Preakness by a nose and Breeders' Cup Classic by a neck. Easy Goer prevailed by eight lengths in the Belmont. Both horses were later voted into the American Hall of Fame.

The list below shows the leading Thoroughbred sire of racehorses in Japan for each year since 1924. This is determined by the amount of prize money won by the sire's progeny during the season.

The last sire of Northern Taste's progeny in Japan has been retired in 2010. However, the broodmares' line would still be in active.

Northern Taste was retired from stud duty in 1999 and died at the age of 33 on December 11, 2004. His owners acquired Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Breeders' Cup Classic winner Sunday Silence to carry on for Northern Taste, and he too topped Japan's sire list from 1995 through 2005. In 1980, Zenya Yoshida purchased Real Shadai, who became the leading sire in Japan in 1993. In the 1990s, the Yoshida family also purchased the Italian star and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Tony Bin for US$4 million and Epsom Derby winner Dr. Devious for US$6 million. In September 2002, they paid US$17.7 million for the stallion War Emblem. Teruya Yoshida told a journalist that the success of Northern Taste "bought all the stallions we have."

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