Native Dancer, the Grey Ghost: Hero of a Golden Age

By John Eisenberg

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Great race horses are not supposed to be gray. The lighter the coat color, the lighter the color of the hooves. Lighter hooves were traditionally believed to be weaker and less able to withstand the stresses of hard racing. In the 1950s, however, there was a gray champion who liked to come in fast from far behind. Big and powerful, Native Dancer was named Horse of the Year in 1954 and graced the cover of Time magazine.

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