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Queen's Plate winner Fiddle Dancer Boy dies of colic
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Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont.
Author: Chris Young Toronto Star
Date: Nov 14, 1991
Start Page: E.8
Section: SPORTS
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Ridden by David Clark and deftly trained by the late Jim Bentley, Fiddle Dancer Boy won the Queen's Plate that year for Carmichael's only triumph in three trips to the annual classic for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds.

Fiddle Dancer Boy won $119,616 in the '81 Plate, then a record, barely getting up to win a desperate stretch duel over Wayover and heavy favorite Frost King. He would retire two years later, at age 5, having won four stakes races and put $364,773 in the bank for Carmichael, but the owner felt a sentimental attachment that went beyond money for the handsome horse which died Monday at Guelph.

Carmichael and his late brother Donald bought the yearling Fiddle Dancer Boy in 1979 for $20,000, after Bentley had picked him out. The colt, bred by Warren Beasley and out of a mare named Fiddly Dee, was a present for the Carmichaels' father [Harry Carmichael], sick in hospital at the time. The elder Carmichael had a long association with the sport, owning thoroughbreds under the name of Garden City Stable.

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