Multiple graded stakes winner Noble Tune, a half brother to grade II winner Honor Code, has been retired from racing and will launch his stud career later this year in South Africa when the Southern Hemisphere season begins.
Willis Horton's Will Take Charge notched his first victory of the season in the $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) April 12 at Oaklawn Park, surviving multiple claims of foul and a lengthy inquiry.
Mathis Stable's My Miss Sophia rolled to a decisive victory April 5 in the $300,000 Gazelle Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct Racetrack, stamping her ticket to the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
Among this year's classic prospects, the list with Mr. Prospector inbreeding includes California Chrome, Noble Moon, In Trouble, Rise Up, Vinceremos, and Ring Weekend.
In Tune proved up to the challenge of stepping into stakes company as she outlasted House Rules in the stretch to win the $300,000 Gulfstream Oaks (gr. II) March 29 at Gulfstream Park.
Every morning D. Wayne Lukas sends the first set out over the Arkansas oval, their hooves sinking softly in the freshly harrowed ground. On March 14, he supervised Rebel contender Strong Mandate and champion Will Take Charge.
Champion Will Take Charge arrived by van early the morning of Feb. 4 at Gulfstream Park, where he is slated to make his 2014 debut in the $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) on Feb. 9.
Will Take Charge, recently crowned 3-year-old champion male, will be the 123-pound highweight for his 4-year-old debut, the $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) on Feb. 9 at Gulfstream Park.
Unbridled Forever ran like her mother Jan. 18 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, taking down Divine Beauty with a solid performance in the $125,000 Silverbulletday Stakes.
The second of four sessions saw declines across the board when compared with an equivalent session last year that featured two million-dollar horses.
Remembering the people and horses that left us in 2013. View Slideshow
Favored Unbridled's Note collared El Commodore near mid-stretch en route to his first victory in 10 months, taking the $100,000 Daytona Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita Park Dec. 28.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES
Rise Up took Rockport Harbor to the head of the juvenile sire standings with his dominating victory in the Delta Downs Jackpot.
Willis Horton's Will Take Charge was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at the Churchill Downs barn of trainer D. Wayne Lukas the morning after winning the Nov. 29 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. I).
If Will Take Charge hadn't secured an Eclipse Award as the nation's top 3-year-old already, his determined head victory over multiple grade I winner Game On Dude in the Clark Handicap (gr. I) Nov. 29 certainly wrapped it up.
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas and owner Willis Horton discuss Will Take Charge's win the 2013 Clark Handicap.
Keeneland November's third session, topped by $410,000 paid for a mare by Dixie Union, benefits from aggressive domestic bidding.
GoldMark Farm's Whitney Invitational Handicap (gr. I) winner Cross Traffic sustained a minor shin injury at the start of the Sept. 28 Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) and will not run in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
In his first start back from injury, Graydar spurted to the early lead and held on to win the $400,000 Kelso Handicap (gr. II) by three-quarters of a length over Brujo de Olleros Sept. 28 at Belmont Park.
Spanish Steps, sire of last year's Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I) winner and Eclipse Award finalist Little Mike, has been sold to stand in Saudi Arabia in a deal brokered by Chad Schumer Bloodstock.
Hip 110 is by Unbridled's Song out of Irish Smoke. Read more on the sale of hip 110. Video is courtesy of Keeneland Video.
Nat Rea's Regis Farms secured an Unbridled's Song colt for $1.1 million Sept. 9 in the first session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
Son of Unbridled's Song out of graded stakes winner Summer Raven (by Summer Squall) retired, will stand at Brent and Crytal Fernung's Journeyman Stud near Ocala, Fla.
Willis Horton's Will Take Charge finally got the big one, and did so at the expense of the country's top 3-year-olds in the $1 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 24 at Saratoga Race Course.
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Highly respected bloodstock agent Baden P. "Buzz" Chace, 72, died Aug. 18 after a short battle with brain cancer. He had been diagnosed with cancer a month ago.
- By Steve Haskin
Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin recap the Whitney Handicap, Cross Traffic, Unbridled's Song and family, and the farewell of Stable Boy. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm watch video
Medaglia d'Oro is the leading sire by average price for stallions represented by at least two yearlings at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select yearling sale.
GoldMark Farm's Cross Traffic sprung a wire-to-wire win in the $750,000 Whitney Invitational Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 3, kicking away by three-quarters of a length as 2012 victor Fort Larned finished fifth.
Rockport Harbor was euthanized Aug. 2 at New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa., due to complications arising from laminitis.
The Taylor family's Taylor Made Stallions purchased an interest in Graydar, impressive winner of the Feb. 9 Donn Handicap (gr. I) and March 30 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II).
- By Steve Haskin
Steve shares his memories of Unbridled's Song. read blog
The rare horse who made headlines in the sales ring, on the track, and as a stallion, Unbridled's Song died July 26 in Lexington at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital.
First crop sire Old Fashioned was represented by his first winner when Chicks Dig It posted a front-running victory at odds of 5-1 in a 5 1/2-length maiden race at Presque Isle Downs July 14.
Grade I winner Graydar will ship to Saratoga Race Course the morning of July 13 to rejoin trainer Todd Pletcher after three months on the sidelines, Twin Creeks Racing announced.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Leading commercial sire Unbridled's Song is still looking for his true heir as a stallion, and he may have found it in First Defence.
Stakes winner Indian Evening will begin his stallion career in 2014 at Ellen Jackson's Victory Rose Thoroughbreds in Vacaville, Calif., after his recent purchase from Vinery Stables in Kentucky.
McLaughlin is relying strictly on pedigree in his belief that the regally bred son of A.P. Indy - Octave, by Unbridled's Song has some sort of chance of making an impact on the finish of the mile and a half race. read blog
First-time starter Sensational Nikki became the initial winner for the sire Zensational when the 2-year-old filly won a maiden special weight event June 2 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Oxbow, stablemate Will Take Charge, and Kentucky Derby (gr. I) runner-up Golden Soul turned in preparations for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on the morning of May 30 at Churchill Downs.
Tizamazing, dam of Preakness winner Oxbow with her 2013 Unbridled's Song colt born on April 16, 2013, at Burleson Farm in Kentucky.
Favored Noble Tune, saving all the ground for Javier Castellano, fired through an opening along the hedge to register an easy victory in the $234,200 American Turf Stakes (gr. IIT) May 3 at Churchill Downs.
Trainer Chad Brown brings 2012 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf runner-up Noble Tune to the May 3 American Turf (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs after making a decision not to run him in the Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I).
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas sent Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contenders Oxbow and Will Take Charge through their final pre-race moves April 29.
U.S.-based Solis Bloodstock spent $1.26 million to acquire the two highest-priced horses at the first session of the Inglis Easter broodmare sale April 16.
Twin Creek Racing Stables' Graydar, back-to-back winner of the Donn Handicap (gr. I) and New Orleans Handicap (gr. II), will be sidelined for about 60 days after undergoing surgery to remove a chip from his left front ankle.
A strong middle market helped pace the 2013 Keeneland April 2-year-olds in training sale to solid gains in both average and median April 8 in Lexington.
A daughter of Unbridled's Song brought the highest price at the Keeneland April 2-year-olds in training sale when she fetched $700,000 from Irish bloodstock agent John McCormack.
The 4-year-old son of Unbridled's Song proved doubters wrong March 30 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots when he held off Mark Valeski for a determined 1 3/4-length New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) score.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Less than a year after Take Charge Indy first made his mark on the classic scene, his half brother Will Take Charge set forth his Derby credentials.
A power-packed field will assemble for the $400,000 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) March 30 at Fair Grounds. In the lineup are Graydar, Bourbon Courage, Flat Out, and Mark Valeski.
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