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Pedigree Time Machine: Flaming Page

The 151st running of the Queen's Plate, Canada's premier classic race, will be run this Sunday at Woodbine. One glance at the race's past winners reveals several top Thoroughbreds: the great Northern Dancer; La Lorgnette, Canadian champion and dam of Hawk Wing; recently deceased Canadian Triple Crown winner With Approval; 1998 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Awesome Again (TrueNicks,SRO); and Wando, the last horse to claim Canada's Triple Crown; just to name a few.

Also on the list is Flaming Page, winner of the 1962 Queen's Plate. Bred by E.P. Taylor, Flaming Page was Canada's Champion 3-Year-Old Filly and brought high hopes to the breeding shed. Flaming Page proved the most frustrating of breeding stock -- even though she lived to the age of 25, she could produce just three foals in 13 seasons at stud. Fortunately, quality made up for the lack in quantity.

Flaming Page's first foal, Fleur (filly by Victoria Park), was stakes-placed and produced English Derby (gr. I) winner, Horse of the Year, and sire The Minstrel (by Northern Dancer). Fleur also produced sires Far North and Pilgrim, full brothers to The Minstrel.

Flaming Page next produced Nijinsky (by Northern Dancer), the great English Triple Crown winner and subsequent leading sire and broodmare sire.

Her last foal, despite many attempts thereafter, was Minsky (by Northern Dancer), Champion 2-Year-Old Colt in Ireland in the same season that his brother won the English Triple Crown (1970).

In the Queen's Plate won by Flaming Page (see chart below), her entry-mate who ran second was Choperion (by Chop Chop), a half brother to Northern Dancer's sire Nearctic. Attempts to make Choperion a stallion were thwarted when he almost always refused to cover mares. As a result, he sired just eight foals, including one stakes winner and a stakes-placed horse.

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"Attempts to make Choperion a stallion were thwarted when he almost always refused to cover mares. As a result, he sired just eight foals, including one stakes winner and a stakes-placed horse."

This last part sounds like another horse we know although he seems to have put that behind him now.

KMAUER 30 Jun 2010 12:07 PM

Thank you for this article.  

Flaming Page's Queen's Plate was my first horse race on TV.  I'll never forget Flaming Page.  I'm glad she threw at least one filly to try to keep up the maternal side of her family.

mz 30 Jun 2010 12:09 PM

Thank you for this look back on Flaming Page.  I own a Nijinsky granddaughter who is now 22 years young!

BNijinsky 30 Jun 2010 12:38 PM

mz,

Fleur's best shot to continue her female line was probably through her only stakes-winning daughter, Flower Princess (by Majestic Prince). Unfortunately, Flower Princess died at 7, leaving only two foals, including one stakes-winning filly who didn't produce much.

Fleur's stakes-placed granddaughter Dancing Halo also died young (at 8), leaving two foals, both fillies, who have produced no black type.

Too bad...

Ian

Ian Tapp 30 Jun 2010 4:30 PM

Thx ITapp.  At least she lives on through Nijinsky and The Minstrel.

Weird how that happens, though.  Wasn't her sire Bull Page?  And didn't Bull Page's own dam, Our Page, only have colts?

Wonder if there's some kind of strange genetic thing happening there.

mz 30 Jun 2010 7:59 PM

Isn't it funny how fillies have no trouble winning the Queen's Plate against colts and over the same distance as the Kentucky Derby? Owners don't hesitate to run the girls in the Canadian Triple Crown, and when given the opportunity the fillies do very well indeed.

Terry 30 Jun 2010 8:49 PM

I have been researching Flaming Page ( Bruce Lowe family No 8 ) Her 3rd Dam , Flaming Top by Triple Crown winner Omaha ,is very interesting to me . I've been studying pedigrees for quite a while and you very rarely come across the name Omaha ! I guess breeding Omaha to a daughter of Man O'War made the difference !

Pedigree Shelly 30 Jun 2010 9:14 PM

Terry: lots of fillies run in the Plate but I'll always remember when Fanfreluche finished second to Almoner in 1970 and the comments were: would you rather own a gelding that won the Plate or a filly that finished second?

We all know the answer to that one!  Lovely mare who generated a great family.

BTW, most recently: last year I think Milwakee Brew was 2nd and Tasty Temptation was 4th.

I'm waiting for the entries to come out tomorrow for the Plate on Sunday -- we might have some fillies this year too.

mz 30 Jun 2010 9:36 PM

mz,

Yes, you mean Ginger Brew (by Milwaukee Brew); she was 2nd in last year's Queen's Plate.

Her dam, Coral Necklace (by Conquistador Cielo) is amazing... her first 3 foals are stakes winners from 3 very different sires. Coral Necklace is out of full sister to Bunting (G1SP dam of G1SP Vision and Verse), tracing back to Bebopper (dam of Stop the Music and Hatchet Man).

Ian

Ian Tapp 30 Jun 2010 9:57 PM

mz,

And yes... Flaming Page (Bull Page - Flaring Top, by Menow)

Bull Page is out of Our Page, who produced 5 foals, all colts, and all top-level stakes winners.

1945, Page Boots (by Our Boots)

1946, Sport Page (by Our Boots)

1947, Bull Page (by Bull Lea)

1950, Navy Page (by War Admiral)

1952, Brother Tex (by War Admiral)

Ian Tapp 30 Jun 2010 10:11 PM

When Flaming Page produced Fleur it.s not too often a Mother and Daughter would go on to be Broodmares of Epsom Derby winners,it truly is a unique story.

Her third live foal Minsky besides being the champion two year old in Ireland went on to win the Durham Cup at Woodbine. It almost makes you want to cry that she did not produce more live foals.

 On Sunday at Woodbine Roan Inish gets her chance to emulate Flaming Page and La Lorgnette and win the Oaks, and Queen's Plate but even if she does'nt I have all the confidence in the world she will go on to produce some really nice offspring.

John T 30 Jun 2010 11:26 PM

Great reminder of how the breeding industry works. Your article on the past Queens Plate runners and female winners was very inspirational. Thank you very much

Leon Abadie 01 Jul 2010 10:41 AM

I too own a granddaughter of Nijinsky. I guess is son, Dance God, though not a great stallion, was stunning to behold. Anybody know anything about Flaming Page's personality. My Little Nipper is nothing like Nijinsky; she's fairly calm, loves to race even dead lame at 24, and is 200% self-assured.

Jim P 16 Jul 2011 12:38 AM

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