Lucky Spell, whose grandson Unbridled's Song
won the 1995 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), died Oct. 4 at Rich and Gaby Sulpizio's Magali Farms near Santa Ynez, Calif. The only horse owned by Richard Eamer, the 34-year-old daughter of Lucky Mel died from heart failure.
Unbridled's Song and his dam, Trolley Song, were both bred by Eamer in the name of Mandysland Farm. Eamer had bought Lucky Spell for $700,000 at the 1982 Keeneland November breeding stock sale from Lee Eaton, agent for James L. Wilder and Walt Burris. In foal to Caro, Lucky Spell was carrying Trolley Song at the time.
Unbridled's Song, who raced for Ernie Paragallo, not only captured the Juvenile, but also scored a grade I win in the 1996 Florida Derby and ran a solid fifth in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). Retired with earnings of $1,311,800, the son of Unbridled has developed into a major sire at Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky. He has sired 44 stakes winners.
A California-bred, Lucky Spell was a stakes winner in California for Wilder and Burris, who privately purchased her from her breeder, Mike Schloessman. Lucky Spell won such stakes as the 1974 Las Palmas Handicap (gr. III) and Princess Stakes (gr. III). For her career, she won 12 of 69 starts and earned $253,655.
Lucky Spell, who was produced from the Prince Blessed mare Incantation, produced her first two stakes winners, Merlins Charm (by Bold Bidder) and Goldspell (by Caro), for Wilder and Burris. Merlins Charm was an English group winner. Goldspell is the dam/granddam of three stakes winners. For Eamer, Lucky Spell also produced stakes winner Elegiac, dam of 2005 stakes winner Lucky Pulpit.
Lucky Spell produced 14 named foals, eight of which were winners. She spent part of her life at Mandysland, which is now Magali.