1967 - 1992



Bred in Canada by Windfields Farm owned by Charles W. Engelhard, Jr.
Trained by Vincent O’brien

1969 - Champion 2-Year-Old Colt in England & Ireland
1970 - English Triple Crown Winner
1970 - European Horse of the Year & Champion 3-Year-Old Colt
1976 - Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame
1993-94 - Leading Broodmare Sire

Marquee Races Won

Railway Stakes
Anglesey Stakes
Beresford Stakes
Dewhurst Stakes
Gladness Stakes
Two Thousand Guineas
Derby Stakes
Irish Sweeps Derby
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes
St. Leger Stakes

Accomplished Progeny


Multiple Graded Stakes Winner; Sire of Multiple Graded Stakes Winner Videogenic


Champion 3YO in France; Champion Sire in Great Britain & Ireland; Bred by Claiborne Farm

Dancing Spree

Multiple Graded Stakes Winner; Breeders' Cup Winner; Sire

De La Rose

Champion; Dam of Graded Stakes Winner Conquistarose


Champion; Horse of the Year; Kentucky Derby Winner; Breeders' Cup Winner; Sire

Golden Fleece

Champion 3YO in England and Ireland; Sire

Green Dancer

Champion Sire; Sire of Multiple Graded Stakes Winners; Sire of Multiple Top Broodmares

Ile de Bourbon

Multiple Graded Stakes Winner; Sire

Kings Lake

Multiple Graded Stakes Winner; Sire of Multiple Graded Stakes Winners


Undefeated; Multiple Graded Stakes Winner; Millionaire; Sire


Multiple Graded Stakes Winner; Dam of Champion and Hall of Fame Mare, Sky Beauty


Multiple Graded Stakes Winner; Champion 1st Season Sire; Sire of Multiple Graded Stakes Winners

Princesse Lida

Champion 2YO in France

Quiet Fling

Multiple Graded Stakes Winner; Sire

Royal Academy

Champion 3YO in Ireland & Europe; Breeders' Cup Winner; Sire of Multiple Graded Stakes Winners

Ruby Slippers

Dam of Champion Rubiano; Second Dam of Leading Sire, Tapit

Seattle Dancer

Multiple Graded Stakes Winner; KEEJUL World Record Sale Price; Sire


Champion in France & England; Breeders' Cup Contender; Sire


Multiple Graded Stakes Winner; Sire

Sky Classic

4x Champion incl 2YO Colt; 3x Breeders' Cup Contender; Sire of Multiple Champions


Champion in Ireland; Sire

Whiskey Road

Sire of International Champion & Successful Sire Strawberry Road

Champion at two and three and winner of his first 11 starts including the only English Triple Crown of the last 75 years, Nijinsky II and regular jockey Lester Piggott were a formidable combination. Syndicated after his racing career for a record sum, Nijinsky II had smashed the European earnings record, inspired a movie about his career, was voted “Horse of the Millennium” by the UK newspaper, The Sun, and perhaps most significantly, impressed both trainer O’Brien and Piggott as the greatest of all their many champions.

Nijinsky II was Horse of the Year in Europe in 1970, the same year Secretariat was foaled. They were both national heroes, and when the two celebrated stallions came together at Claiborne Farm, their fans came out in droves. Queen Elizabeth II first visited Claiborne Farm in 1984. She was greeted in the farm office, and after saying hello to Claiborne president Seth Hancock, she quickly inquired, “Will we see Nijinsky?” Her Majesty seemed thrilled at the experience of seeing this great champion.

Nijinsky II stood his entire career at Claiborne and sired 155 stakes winners, breaking the record established by his sire, Northern Dancer. His 17 champions include English Derby winners Lammtarra and Golden Fleece; English Guineas winner Shadeed; Irish classic winners Kings Lake and Mashaallah; French Derby winner Caerleon; Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Ferdinand; Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Royal Academy; and the remarkable fillies Cherry Hinton, De La Rose, and Princesse Lida. And those are just the champions.

Nijinsky II is buried at Claiborne Farm.