Golden Dancer was a horse that Drummond begged his parents for as a young boy. When he got it, it broke (Drummond wanted it because it looked pretty, but it was all shine and no substance) because the wood was rotting. This is also a symbolism of Brady. He thinks he is so good because he has the whole town of Hillsboro at his disposal. In reality, at the end of the novel he died of a "busted belly", because the town was giving him too much food. Brady's arrogance was eventually his downfall.