Biography of Famous Horses and Jockeys: Native Dancer and Eric Guerin
About the famous award winning horse Native Dancer and his jockey Eric Guerin, history and biography.
Native Dancer was the 1st 4-legged TV star. Born in 1950, his career coincided with the development of television. His unique appearance and exciting racing style combined to make him popular with millions who had never followed racing before.
In 1952 Native Dancer went 9 for 9, and was named Two Year Old Champion/Horse of the Year. Nicknamed the "Gray Ghost" for his color, Native Dancer always put on a good show. His natural style was to lay back off the pace and then come from behind to win by huge margins.
Going into the 1953 Derby, Native Dancer had won 11 of 11; but he finished 2nd to Dark Star. It was his only loss in 22 races. Native Dancer holds the world's record at 6 1/2 furlongs.
Native Dancer has sired 2 Derby winners, Dancer's Image and Kauai King.
Eric Guerin owns 4 Triple Crown victories. Native Dancer gave him a Preakness and Belmont in 1953. He had already won the 1947 Derby on Jet Pilot and took another Belmont in 1954 on High Gun. In 1944 Guerin participated in a racing oddity. He was one of 3 winning jockeys in a triple dead heat during the Carter Handicap.
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