2nd at 5PHOENIX S.
(gr. III , 6f , to Sing Baby Sing, defeating Carnacks Choice, Disfunction, Legal Move, Noonmark, Semaphore Man, Emirates to Dubai, Nakayama Arashi, Pictural ).
Sing Baby Sing not only won his first stakes this year when he captured the Oct. 4 Phoenix Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland, but also his first-ever graded stakes as well. The 5-year-old son of UnbridledÕs Song took the six-furlong stakes in the good time of 1:08.48 at 26-1 odds, catching pacesetter and favorite Talent Search in the final furlong to win by three-quarters of a length.
Sing Baby Sing, who races for Tom R. Durant, bettered his career record to 13 top two finishes from 17 starts. He won two stakes last year and has been second in three added-money events this year.
Durant, who is from Grapevine, Texas, and owns several auto dealerships, bought Sing Baby Sing for $80,000 at the 2005 Fasig-Tipton Florida March sale of 2-year-olds in training from Hoby and Layna Kight, agents. Sing Baby Sing has earned near five times that amount, $399,620 to be exact.
Durant also is a breeder. He campaigned homebred stakes winners Open Meadows and Most Feared, the latter being a graded winner at 2 at Arlington Park several years ago. Durant has raced other graded winners Awesome Humor, Lunar Bounty, and Wooden Phone (in partnership).
Sing Baby Sing was bred in Kentucky by ClassicStar. He was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent for ClassicStar, to the 2004 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga August yearling sale, but failed to reach his reserve and was bought back for $475,000.
As breeder, ClassicStar has been represented by a dozen stakes winners since 2004. The group includes French classic winner Astronomer Royal, plus other U.S. graded winners Bear Now, Burmilla, Desert Code, Evil Minister, and Magnificent Song, the last-named being a grade I winner.
Sing Baby Sing is one of five runners that have won or placed in stakes out of multiple stakes winner Roll Over Baby. The others include graded stakes winner Roll Hennessy Roll.
S. David Plummer, formerly of ClassicStar, paid $1 million for Roll Over Baby at the 2002 Keeneland January horses of all ages sale. She was in foal to UnbridledÕs Song. Roll Over Baby was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
UnbridledÕs Song has sired 71 stakes winners. His 14 stakes winners of 2008 include grade I winners First Defence, Midshipman, and Thorn Song, who won the Oct. 4 Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) at Keeneland. UnbridledÕs Song stands at the Taylor familyÕs Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky. His 2008 fee was $150,000.ÑD.S.
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