Thirty-five-year-old Stop the Music, the broodmare sire of 2005 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Giacomo, was euthanized July 8 at Gainesway Farm due to infirmities of old age.
"Stop the Music was one of the greatest competitors of his time," remarked Antony Beck, president of Gainesway Farm. "With 409 winners, he certainly proved himself a successful sire and he will be missed."
Stop the Music (Hail to Reason-Bebopper), a grade II winner and two-time Belmont Park recorder setter, had the misfortune of being born in the same year as Secretariat and Forego. He won the Dwyer Handicap (gr. II), the Saratoga Special Stakes, and the Champagne Stakes (over the disqualified Secretariat), and placed behind Secretariat in the Laurel Futurity and the Futurity Stakes, and behind Forego in the Carter Handicap (gr. II) and the Vosburgh Handicap (gr. II). He was a competitive contender in many grade I races including the Travers, Met Mile, and the Brooklyn Handicap where he placed.
In 2005, he is one of the top 25 broodmare sires. His champion son Temperence Hill won the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I), Travers, and the Suburban Handicap (gr. I). Temperence Hill ended his racing career with nine stakes wins and career earnings of $1,567,650. Stop the Music also sired grade I winners Music Merci ($1,500,710), Dontstop Themusic ($963,469), and Missy's Mirage ($838,894).
Stop the Music sired one champion, 17 graded stakes winners, 44 black type winners, and 409 winners. His total progeny earnings are $28,310,961.