Philip H. Iselin H. (gr. II)
(gr. II , 9f ,)
Unbridled Wedding Vow , by Nijinsky II
BPin Oak Stud, LLC, KY.; OPin Oak Stable; TH. Graham Motion
(DK B/ h,
Sea Hero Another Zone , by Seeking the Gold
BG. Watts Humphrey III, KY.; OG. Watts Humphrey, Jr.; TPhilip J. Oliver
(DK B/ g,
Sir Leon Spicy Pearl , by Bet Big
BDr. A. L. Smollin, FL.; OBarbara Smollin; TRalph Ziadie
The breeding season still is some six months away, but that hasn’t stopped Josephine Abercrombie from looking at her homebred colt Broken Vow as a worthy addition to the stallion ranks at her Pin Oak Stud near Versailles, Ky. Especially since the 4-year-old son of Unbridled won the Philip H. Iselin Handicap (gr. II) for his third consecutive stakes win and his fourth in his last five starts. Next up is the Sept. 28 Meadowlands Cup (gr. II), then the Oct. 27 Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I).
Like many breeders, Abercrombie breeds for the classic horse, and the decision to send the Nijinsky II mare Wedding Vow to Unbridled in 1996 was made with that in mind. Abercrombie had decided on the mating months before, but it started to look promising when Unbridled’s first-crop son, Grindstone, won that year’s Kentucky Derby (gr. I). The following year, on May 12, Wedding Vow foaled Broken Vow.
Broken Vow was scheduled to run as a 2-year-old at Saratoga, but came down with a sore shin about 10 days before what was to be his first start. He didn’t start until the Gulfstream Park meeting in the winter of 2000 and won his first two starts. He won again at Delaware Park, then took the Sir Barton Stakes at Pimlico eight days after his actual 3-year-old birthday. Plans were to rest him until the fall, but a series of lingering injuries prevented him from starting. He didn’t run again until the Gulfstream meeting this year.
Abercrombie campaigns several other 2001 stakes winners, including Confessional. A grade I winner as a 2-year-old in 1998, homebred Confessional captured this year’s Royal North Handicap (Can-IIIT) and two other turf stakes. Plans call for her to run next in the Oct. 6 A.P. Indy Stakes on grass at Keeneland. She is scheduled to enter the Pin Oak broodmare ranks and is booked to Maria’s Mon, who stands at Pin Oak. Maria’s Mon is the sire of this year’s Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos.
Broken Vow’s dam, Wedding Vow, is in foal to Seeking the Gold and already is booked to Unbridled for next year. Both stallions trace in male line to Mr. Prospector.
Unbridled, who is the sire of 21 stakes winners, stands at the Hancock family’s Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky. His market fee for the 2001 season was $200,000.—D.S.