Wilderness Song

Wilderness Song

Anne M. Eberhardt

Canadian Hall of Famer Wilderness Song Dies

Stablemate of the great Dance Smartly finished first or second in 21 stakes.

Wilderness Song, a Canadian Hall of Fame racemare, has been euthanized at Sam-Son Farm (Rick Balaz, president) near Milton, Ontario, Canada. The 23-year-old Ontario-bred mare had been pensioned since 2008, the same year she was inducted in the Hall of Fame.

Wilderness Song, who raced for Sam-Son at the time the powerhouse outfit, was owned by Balaz’s father-in-law, the late Ernie Samuel. She was the first Sam-Son runner to win a grade I stakes in the United States. The triumph came as a 3-year-old in the 1991 Spinster Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland.

By Wild Again, Wilderness Song was from the same crop as the great homebred Sam-Son filly Dance Smartly. Both trained by Jim Day, Dance Smartly and Wilderness Song finished one-two in the Queen’s Plate Stakes against males, and they also ran one-two in the Canadian Oaks.

Wilderness Song was voted a 1992 Sovereign Award as best older female. Her two stakes wins that year came south of the border. Wilderness Song captured the Churchill Downs Budweiser Breeders’ Cup Handicap (gr. II) and the Pimlico Distaff Handicap.

During her career, Wilderness Song finished first or second in 27 of 37 races. Twenty-one of those top two efforts came in stakes. Wilderness Song was retired with earnings of $1,482,033, which at the time placed her ninth among Canadian-breds.

Wilderness Song, out of the stakes-winning Nalees Man mare Nalee’s Rhythm, producd nine foals, six of which are winners, including stakes-placed Go to the Sun. Wilderness Song is the granddam of stakes winner Mulmur and stakes-placed Giant's Tomb.