Sir Barton S.
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Unbridled Wedding Vow , by Nijinsky II
BPin Oak Stud, LLC, KY.; OPin Oak Stable; TH. Graham Motion
Unaccounted For Melancholy Blues , by Cure the Blues
BDr. D. W. Frazier, KY.; OPaul L. Fowler, Jr.; TGary Capuano
Capote Blue Sky Princess , by Conquistador Cielo
BFrank P. Wright, MD.; OMrs. Frank P. Wright; TDonald H. Barr
Broken Vow’s win in the May 20 Sir Barton Stakes could mean more Maryland runners for Josephine Abercrombie’s Pin Oak Stable. The 3-year-old defeated seven other runners, including 8-5 favorite Sun Cat, to take the winner’s share of the $100,000 purse.
Maryland-based trainer Graham Motion saddled Broken Vow for the event. Clifford Barry, who manages Abercrombie’s Pin Oak Stud, said the outfit began using Motion within the last few years and he now has eight horses for them. Among that group is grade I winner Confessional, who on May 24 won her first start for Motion at Delaware Park.
Abercrombie said her history with Broken Vow’s female family goes back to his fourth dam, Take a Stand. Abercrombie purchased the daughter of Amerigo and Self Control at the 1967 Keeneland September yearling sale for $35,000. She had been consigned by her breeders, Dr. and Mrs. G.G. Meredith of Maryland’s Merry Acres Farm.
“She was a lovely filly,” Abercrombie said. “She had big quarters and a nice shoulder. She won twice at three at Aqueduct.”
Now 33 years later, Abercrombie has kept the family active, mainly through descendants of Take a Stand’s first foal, Strike a Pose. She said she has continued to see some of Take a Stand’s physical traits, like the big quarters, continue to show up through the generations.
Among the residents of Pin Oak, located near Versailles, Ky., are two daughters of Strike a Pose: Wedding Picture and Strike a Balance, two daughters of Wedding Picture: Wedded Bliss and With This Ring; and one daughter of Strike a Balance: Equilibrate.
Another prominent breed-to-race operation has enjoyed success with the same female line. John and Betty Mabee owned Take a Stand’s half-sister, Close Control. Among her descendants bred by the couple are stakes winners Advancing Star, Dance Sequence, Doneraile Court, Excellent Meeting, and Souvenir Copy.
Wedding Vow, the dam of Broken Arrow, was barren for 2000, but is now in foal to Coronado’s Quest. Her 2-year-old filly, Cross Your Heart, is in training for Pin Oak with Bill Mott.
Broken Vow is one of 21 stakes winners sired by Unbridled. The stallion has been represented by seven other added-money winners in 2000, including Red Bullet, who won the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico four races after the Sir Barton Stakes. Syndicated Unbridled stands at the Hancock family’s Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky.—K.J.I.