Horse Racing Partnerships Will Miss Offspring By Unbridled’s Song
On July 25, 2013 the thoroughbred horse racing world lost one of its most popular and successful sires. At the age of 20, Unbridled’s Song was euthanized due to a brain tumor that was ruled inoperable. He had just completed his 16th season at Stud with Taylor Made Stallions in Nicholasville, KY where he stood this year for $60,000. The Majestic looking Gray/Roan stallion, now almost completely white, was a popular sire of precocious horses that thoroughbred horse racing partnerships, owners, and trainers alike all wanted to own.
Unbridled’s Song’s career was one to remember from the beginning. As a yearling he was purchased by owner Ernie Paragallo for $200,000 in 1994 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected yearling sale. A few months later he was brought into the Barrett’s March 2 year olds in training sale where he sold for $1.4 million dollars to Hiroshi Fujita, only to then be bought back by Paragallo because Fujita argued his vet found bone chips in the horse’s ankle. Clearly frustrated, but knowing the horse’s talent, Paragallo was happy to campaign the horse himself.
Unbridled’s Song was from the first crop of Kentucky Derby winner and champion Unbridled, out of the winning Caro mare, Trolley Song. He was off to a quick and precocious start on the race track, breaking his maiden by 8 ½ length at Saratoga then capping off the year with a G1 win in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Belmont Park. Not only was Unbridled’s Song talented on the track, he was able to duplicate that in the breeding shed. Horse racing syndicates today love to buy progeny of Unbridled’s Song because they are so good looking and show a lot of talent at under tack shows, the ultimate combination for a 2 year old in training sale. Unbridled’s Song would go on to run 2nd in a pair of G2’s, the Huctheson and the Fountain of Youth, before winning the G1 Floirda Derby. He went on to run 5th in the Kentucky Derby where he raced with a sore left front. His career ended prematurely training for the Donn Handicap where he suffered a fractured cannon bone.
In 1997 Taylor Made stood Unbridled’s Song for his first of many prolific seasons as a stallion. From 14 crops of racing age, Unbridled’s Song has sired 100 stakes winners, including 45 graded stakes winners, for combined earnings of over $89 million. He became the 27th North American stallion to eclipse 100 stakes winners earlier this year when Graydar took the Donn Handicap, and was one of ten active stallions worldwide to accomplish the feat prior to his death. Unbridled’s Song also led yearling average price at sales with a lifetime average of $298,118, leading all North American sires. In addition, he also ranks 3rd all-time among North American Sires by gross yearling sales of $198,844,653. These numbers alone can tell you how much this sire’s progeny was loved by thoroughbred horse racing partnerships across the U.S. Not only were did his progeny win early, but they were also fast, could run a route of ground and excelled on the dirt and turf as runners.
His progeny are led by U.S. champion Midshipman, Canadian champion Embur’s Song, Breeders’ Cup Distaff/Ladies’ Classic winners Unrivaled Belle, and Unbridled Elaine. He also sired multiple Grade 1 winners Octave, Splendid Blended, Thorn Song, and Zensational, as well as 2008 Kentucky Derby runner-up Eight Belles and 2009 Belmont Stakes runner-up Dunkirk. Unbridled’s Song’s legacy will continue to live on through his over 45 sons standing at stud around the world today. Led by G1 producing sires Even the Score and First Defence, he is also represented by first-crop sires Old Fashioned and Zensational, as well as young sires Dunkirk, Songandaprayer, Midshipman, and Mission Impazible.
Through all his success on and off the track progeny of Unbridled’s Song have been plagued with the same relative unsoundness that Unbridled’s Song had himself as a race horse that cut his career short. Being such a big, fast and precocious animals, progeny of Unbridled’s Song seem to fit the saying “high risk, high reward”. At Blinkers On Racing Stable, we purchased a son of Unbridled’s Song for our thoroughbred horse racing partnerships as a 2 year old in training at the OBS June 2012 sale. Now, named Island Freedom, he stopped the clock in 10 flat, the co-fastest time at the sale, doing it better than any other horse in the sale. Bloodstock advisor Greg Gilchrist felt that from the beginning this horse had unlimited talent and potential. Also, being a ¾ brother to first crop sire and G2 winner Old Fashioned (by Unbridled’s Song), we knew that we had to have this horse. Just like his father, Island Freedom has it all, looks, pedigree, speed, and presence, but unfortunately that’s not all. He has also been dealt an unlucky hand like many Unbridled’s Songs, being so big he has had a tough time getting to the track. But with patience and time everyone in the thoroughbred horse partnership is confident that he will be well worth the wait.
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