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DANZIG, the son of Northern Dancer out of the Admiral’s Voyage mare Pas de Nom, who reigned as one of the world’s leading sires whilst standing his entire career at the Hancock family’s Claiborne Farm near Paris, Kentucky, has accomplished something in racing that few thought possible. Or, maybe even no one…

David Schmiz writes in The Bloodhorse that according to research done by The Bell Group, a Versailles, Kentucky, advertising firm, Danzig has been found to have 50 of his sons sire Grade 1 and/or Group 1 winners. There is no documentation that 50 is a record, but until research confirms another stallion has reached that figure, it seems safe to call it one.

“I don’t know how many other stallions have done it, but I’m sure it’s only a few,” said Hancock. “The fact he accomplished it says more than what I could add (about his greatness). If you asked me what the number was before, I’d probably say 30.”

DANZIG, who died in January 2006 at 29, achieved plenty in the breeding shed. He is one of only seven stallions since the 1860s to have led the North American sires list by progeny earnings as many as three consecutive years (1991 - 1993) and is one of three stallions to sire as many as 200 Stakes winners.

Significantly, six of them (Allied Flag, Freedom Land, Lustra, National Assembly, Qui Danzig and Shoe Danzig), all stood in South Africa. Lustra stood at Summerhill and produced our first J&B Met ace, La Fabulous.

Two of Danzig’s sons were at the forefront in 2008 Eclipse Award balloting. Boundary, who is pensioned at Claiborne Farm, was represented by champion 3-year-old male Big Brown, who finished third in Horse of the Year voting. Big Brown’s key wins came in the first two legs of the Triple Crown: the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Gr1) and Preakness Stakes (Gr 1).

Belong to Me, who holds court at William S Farish’s Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Kentucky, was represented by champion turf female Forever Together. Her three Grade 1 wins include a triumph in the Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (GrIT).

Hancock stands Danzig’s son, War Front, at Claiborne. “We like War Front, and we’re happy with him,” Hancock said about the Grade 2 winner whose first foals are now yearlings.

Danzig (Northern Dancer-Pas de Nom, by Admiral’s Voyage) reached the 200 mark in Stakes winners in 2008.

Sons of Danzig that have sired Grade 1 and/or Group 1 winners



Chief’s Crown



Polish Navy

Agnes World


Freedom Land


Polish Numbers

Allied Flag

Danzig Connection

Game Plan

Mister C

Polish Precedent



Golden Snake

Monashee Mountain

Qui Danzig

Ascot Knight


Green Desert*


Roi Danzig

Belong to Me*


Honor Grades

Mull of Kintyre

Shoe Danzig


Eagle Eyed


National Assembly



Emperor Jones

Lost Soldier




Exchange Rate







Pine Bluff

Ziggy’s Boy

* - Stars
Bold -
South Africa based