Gwen's Song, a winning Unbridled's Songmare, became the second horse to bring a seven-figure price during the Keeneland January horses of all ages auction when she sold for $1.5 million Tuesday afternoon during the sale's second session. Carrying her first foal, which is by Distorted Humor , 5-year-old Gwen's Song was purchased by Oregon lumberman Aaron U. Jones and his wife, Marie.
The Joneses' chief adviser, Frank Taylor of Taylor Made Sales Agency and Taylor Made Farm, signed the sale ticket after talking on his cell phone with Marie Jones during the bidding. Gwen's Song will be bred to Forestry , a stallion owned by the Joneses that stands at Taylor Made Farm in Kentucky.
"She fit Forestry perfect, and that's what we were buying her for," Taylor said. "Unbridled's Song just fits him (Forestry) so well. She was our No. 1 pick of the sale to breed to him."
Gwen's Song is a half-sister to grade II winner Lead Story (by Editor's Note) and a half-sister to another stakes winner Capejinsky (by Cape Town). Other members of Gwen's Song's family include 2001 Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) winner Unbridled Elaine and grade I winner Political Force, who both are by Unbridled's Song, and grade I winner Glitter Woman (by Glitterman).
"That family has just been a really good one," Taylor said. "Political Force, who came out of there, was a grade I winner, and then you've had Etched (a grade III winner by Forestry), who is super, too, and really a top horse out of that family. Lead Story is in there as well, so there are a lot of good things happening in that family, plus she's in foal to Distorted Humor. You really couldn't start a mare off with any better horse than Distorted Humor. Along with Unbridled Elaine, all that combined makes her a top prospect."
Kentucky-based Greenfield Farm, operated by Bruce D. Gibbs, consigned Gwen's Song for Stan Fulton, who began dispersing his stock last year. Fulton owns Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino in New Mexico.
"I'm very happily surprised," Gibbs said. "I thought she would possibly break a million or get to about that number if the right players played. But I didn't realize it would be as strong going beyond that. She has a wonderful family, and her conformation is special. I think she's an outstanding individual no matter who she is by, but she's a very outstanding Unbridled's Song. In foal to Distorted Humor, who is one of our leading sires right now, I think she has a good opportunity to produce a very nice horse."