One might wonder why the Unbridled sire line has seemed to be spectacular in spurts. Part of the reason could be phenotypical.
Comments from trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith after Arrogate's victory in the Dubai World Cup. Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
Argentinian-bred Sixties Song easily won the March 5 Longines Gran Premio Latino Americano (G1) at Valparaiso Sporting Club in Vina del Mar, Chile.
Marylou Whitney's Bird Song took the lead after a half-mile and kept Realm and Tale of S'avall at bay in the stretch to earn his first graded stakes victory in the $100,000 Fred W. Hooper Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park March 4.
What is extraordinary is the number of pedigree interrelationships that bind most of the champions.
Kept out of competition for 10 weeks between the Travers and the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), Arrogate fought every step of the way and passed California Chrome late to win the Classic and cement his place as champion 3-year-old male of 2016.
The Keeneland January horses of all ages sale came to an end Jan. 13 with across-the-board declines for the auction that was bereft of quality offerings.
Carolyn Vogel's Squadron A went last to first to secure his first graded stakes win Jan. 1 in the $100,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Arrogate is set for a start in the Jan. 1 San Pasqual (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park, as long as the talented son of Unbridled's Song emerges in good order from a Dec. 27 bullet work.
Keeneland’s 13-day November breeding stock sale that ended Nov. 20 reflected a stable market that mirrored recent trends, in which there is continued demand for quality and buyers' unwillingness to take risks on horses that do not fit their criteria.
Less than two weeks after his son Arrogate reeled in champion California Chrome to capture the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), Unbridled's Song has top billing once more as the leading sire by gross through Book 4 at Keeneland November.
On the morning following Arrogate's record-smashing performance in the Travers Stakes (gr. I), Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert had nothing but accolades for his new stable star.
It was 1996 and Bob Baffert, then a relatively unknown trainer, made his first impact on the classic scene when he brought Santa Anita Derby winner Cavonnier to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby.
Already a two-time graded winner going two turns, Tara's Tango added a sprint score to her résumé Aug. 17 in the $100,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Del Mar.
Juddmonte Farms' Arrogate cruised to his third straight victory in Southern California Aug. 4 at Del Mar and may be heading east for the Aug. 27 Travers Stakes (gr. I).
Juddmonte Farms' Arrogate had the look of something special June 24 at Santa Anita Park.
A tough-luck finisher in two graded stakes runs in the past year, Stonestreet Stable's homebred Tara's Tango broke through Feb. 13 in the $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park.
Central Kentucky sire Old Fashioned will soon join a number of other U.S. stallions who recently have shipped to the Far East to continue their careers in South Korea.
Forever Unbridled continued her recent run of good form Jan. 30, taking over from pacesetter and defending race winner Cassatt to claim the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic (gr. III) at Sam Houston Race Park.
The son of Carson City will relocate from Florida to Mighty Acres near Pryor, Okla., according to Schumer Bloodstock and The Stallion Company, which brokered the move.
Moments after Liam's Map scored a clear victory in the $1 million Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I), one of his co-owners confirmed that the 4-year-old son of Unbridled's Song will be retired to stand at Lane's End.
Lane's End has acquired an interest in Teresa Viola Racing Stables and West Point Thoroughbreds Liam's Map, according to a news release from the Versailles, Ky. farm.
Every catalog page at a horse auction tells a story, and the story behind hip 1225's page at the Fasig-Tipton October sale is a particularly interesting one.
A $290,000 colt by The Factor, a $115,000 pinhook, led selling at Fasig-Tipton October's third of four sessions Oct. 21 as the yearling market continued to show polarization.
Caro stands at the head of an American sire line being kept alive by his great-great-grandson Uncle Mo, the current leader of the freshman and 2-year-old sire lists.
After knocking on the door of grade I company last year, Unbridled Forever finally broke through when making her second start of the season Aug. 29 in the $500,000 Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.
A sampling of horses to watch at Monday night's opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling auction.
Mark Taylor talks about the legacy of Unbridled's Song as his last yearlings are offered at auction. Watch Video
Mark Taylor talks about the legacy of Unbridled's Song as his last yearlings are offered at auction.
The top end of the market at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s June sale of 2-year-olds in training proved a mirror image of the auction's first two sessions and a sale record was set for the third consecutive day June 18.
Texas stallion Unbridled's Heart, whose first foals are 2-year-olds this year, died June 8 from complications of colic at Lone Star Park Equine Hospital. The son of Unbridled's Song was 10.
A day after a Smart Strike filly sold for a Maryland public auction record $1.25 million, the marketplace remained competitive for the second and final session of Fasig-Tipton's Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale May 19.
Forever Unbridled, out of 2006 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Lemons Forever, makes the gate for this year's Oaks. Her full sister, Unbridled Forever, was third in the race last year.
Godolphin Racing's recent maiden winner All Hands, a full brother to ill-fated Kentucky Derby runner-up Eight Belles, is to make his stakes debut in the $100,000 Federico Tesio for 3-year-olds April 18 at Pimlico Race Course.
Last year's Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) runner-up My Miss Sophia will open her 4-year-old campaign Friday, April 15 as one of nine fillies and mares entered in the Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland.
Stronach Stables' Devine Aida splashed home in an off-the-turf edition of the $150,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes (gr. IIIT) Feb. 28, earning her first graded score at soggy Gulfstream Park and building a four-race win streak.
The first foal for World Renowned (A.P. Indy -- Splendid Blended) arrived Feb. 4 at Brazeau Thoroughbred Farms near Hemet, Calif.
The first reported foal sired by grade I winner Emcee was born Feb. 10 at Becky Thomas's Sequel Stallions New York.
Ian Tapp recaps Day 3 of the Keeneland January sale, including comments from Walker Hancock of Claiborne Farm, who consigned the top broodmare prospect of the session. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency. Watch Video
The Keeneland January sale posted across-the-board declines at its penultimate session topped by a $150,000 yearling Into Mischief colt, but the buyback rate moderated.
The first reported foal for grade II winner Soldat arrived Jan. 6 when the Unbridled's Song mare Magnificent Melody delivered a bay filly.
Keeneland November's market appeared stable and strong at the top Nov. 7, with a $550,000 Unbridled's Song broodmare out of Desert Stormer and a $290,000 Pioneerof the Nile weanling colt finishing as the top lots.
About three-quarters of the way through the fourth session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, Sheikh's Serenade was landed by Japan's Shimokobe Farm for $550,000.
Juddmonte Farms announced their stud fees for the 2015 breeding season for their North American stallion Mizzen Mast and First Defence.
Toho Jackal smashed the Kyoto course record by nearly two seconds in winning the 75th Kikuka Sho (Jpn-I, Japanese St. Leger), the final jewel in Japan's Triple Crown Oct. 26.
Will Take Charge, last year's champion 3-year-old male, has been retired and will take up stud duty at Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky. The colt has a mild strain to a branch of his suspensory apparatus.
V B and Me became the first reported winner for Oklahoma sire Affirmatif when the 2-year-old romped by 5 3/4 lengths in his debut against maidens the evening of Sept. 12 at Remington Park.
Cross Traffic, winner of the 2013 Whitney Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course, has retired and will stand the 2015 breeding season at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, KY.
A $1.45 million Dubawi filly headed Keeneland September's third session, which posted overall declines Sept. 10. But the auction's overall average and median remain ahead of last year's clip.
Led by a $1.6 Unbridled's Song -- Tizamazing colt, Keeneland's September yearling sale posts significant gains across the board at its second session Sept. 9.
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