He is buried at Sagamore Farm in Glyndon, where the horse known as The Grey Ghost was raised and trained and set on his way to be a Hall of Fame thoroughbred and an equine media star. In three years of racing, Native Dancer won 21 of 22 starts, made the cover of Time Magazine in 1954 and ranked as one of America's most popular TV celebrities, alongside Ed Sullivan and Arthur Godfrey. Named the country's champion at 2, 3 and 4 years old, Native Dancer won nine races as a juvenile, then took the Preakness and Belmont Stakes in 1953 after losing the Kentucky Derby -- his only defeat -- by a head. Retired at age 4 with a hoof injury, he became the world's highest-priced stallion. Upwards of 500 people a week drove to Worthington Valley to see him until his death.
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