10/13/2005 11:00PM

Canadian ties for Northview's 2 newest stallions


Northview Stallion Station, Maryland's largest Thoroughbred breeding operation and home to the outstanding sire Not for Love, has never been the kind of place to rest on its laurels.

Evidence of that fact came during this past week, with the announcement that two new stallions - Dance With Ravens and Deputy Storm, both proven runners from outstanding families - have been added to the Northview roster for 2006.

Dance With Ravens, a 3-year-old son of leading sire A.P. Indy and the Hall of Fame runner and multiple stakes producer Dance Smartly (by Danzig), shipped to Northview this weekend. Although his race record ultimately fell short of his world-class pedigree, Dance With Ravens, trained by Mark Frostad, ranked among the best of his generation in Canada for the past two seasons. He was owned and bred by Sam-Son Farm.

This year's running of the coveted Queen's Plate, a race won in 2000 and 2001 by Dance With Ravens's half-brother Scatter the Gold and half-sister Dancethruthedawn, was expected to be a crowning achievement for Dance With Ravens. Leading up to the 1 1/4-mile Canadian classic on June 26 at Woodbine, Dance With Ravens had scored two consecutive victories, including one in the 1 1/8-mile Plate Trial. Up till then, he had finished in the money in each of his six starts, and was undefeated on the dirt.

His mystifyingly poor performance in the Queen's Plate - seventh in a field of nine as 2-1 favorite - was soon explained when a chip was found in his right front ankle. It was the final start for Dance With Ravens, whose future once appeared unlimited.

Third in his 2-year-old debut at seven furlongs at Woodbine in August 2004, Dance With Ravens immediately moved up to stakes competition. He finished second in the Grade 2 Summer Stakes at one mile, then won his maiden in one of Canada's top juvenile races, the Grade 2 Grey Breeders' Cup Stakes at 1 1/16 miles in October. Sidelined by chips in both ankles after only three starts at 2, Dance With Ravens was runner-up for a Sovereign Award as Canada's leading 2-year-old male.

He returned to the races at Keeneland in April, finishing third in his only U.S. start, an allowance race over a yielding turf course. From seven career starts, Dance With Ravens earned $340,600.

Dance With Ravens is the fifth stakes horse produced by Dance Smartly, a $3 million earner who raced her way into the Hall of Fame in both the U.S. and Canada, winning the 1991 Breeders' Cup Distaff as well as the Canadian Triple Crown. Dance Smartly's dam, Classy 'n Smart (whose sire Smarten made his career at Northview), made her mark as a Canadian champion and dam of Grade 1 winner and leading sire Smart Strike. Among the numerous other stars in the family are Classy 'n Smart's half-brothers the champions and top sires Sky Classic and Regal Classic.

Dance With Ravens is in the process of being syndicated, and will be offered in 2006 for $7,500 live foal.

Deputy Storm is a 4-year-old son of up-and-coming young sire Forestry out of Deputy Jane West (by Silver Deputy). His dam was Canada's champion filly at 2 and 3 in 1992 and 1993.

A two-time stakes winner, with victories in Monmouth's 5 1/2-furlong Tyro Stakes at 2 and Oaklawn's six-furlong King Cotton Stakes this past February (with a Beyer figure of 105), Deputy Storm was twice graded placed, when runner-up to Limehouse in the Grade 2 Hutcheson Stakes, and to Dashboard Drummer in the Grade 3 Sapling Stakes. In 11 career starts, he earned $183,465.

Deputy Storm will stand for $3,500 live foal.

Northview's impact on the Maryland breeding industry was well-illustrated in Saturday's Maryland Million Day program, as 34 of the 109 horses entered were sons or daughters of Northview stallions.

Northview will stand 11 stallions in 2006, the others being Crowd Pleaser, Domestic Dispute, Great Notion, Lion Hearted, Not for Love, Partner's Hero, Polish Miner, Two Punch, and Waquoit. The public is invited to a stallion showing on Dec. 11 at the farm, located in Chesapeake City.