One of the Thoroughbred industry’s top racehorses and prolific sires, Unbridled’s Song, was euthanized Friday due to a rapid decline in his health as a result of a large mass present in multiple sinus cavities and around the optic nerves. He began exhibiting acute neurological signs Thursday morning, July 25th, and was transported to Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. Based on the results on an MRI, it was determined the mass was invasive and aggressive in nature and deemed inoperable. The 20-year-old son of Unbridled stood his entire career at Taylor Made Stallions in Nicholasville, Kentucky.
"Unbridled’s Song was majestic from the beginning. Rarely are there horses that are supposed to be great from the beginning and actually are," said Taylor Made President & CEO Duncan Taylor. "Unbridled’s Song was one of those great horses. He had it all --- looks, pedigree, speed, and presence.
"Our team loved him from the beginning. I appreciate and am proud of the job our team did with the management of this magnificent horse. I would also like to thank the breeders and owners who supported and helped him become a great stallion."
From 14 crops of progeny to race, Unbridled’s Song has sired 730 winners from just over 1000 lifetime starters to date, with nearly $90 million in career progeny earnings. Earlier in 2013, his leading older horse Graydar impressively captured the Donn Handicap (G1) at Gulfstream, giving Unbridled’s Song 100 career stakes winners as a sire – a landmark of triple-digit stakes winners that only 26 other stallions in North American history have accomplished.
Among Unbridled’s Song’s 100 stakes winners are 45 Graded stakes winners and 15 Grade 1 winners, including siring at least one Grade 1 winner for 12 straight years. He has three Breeders' Cup winners, including 2010 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (G1) victress Unrivaled Belle, 2001 Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) winner Unbridled Elaine, and 2008 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Midshipman, the Eclipse Champion 2-Year-Old Colt that year.
As a racehorse, Unbridled’s Song was also top class. The most accomplished son of Unbridled, the talented gray earned respect as a leading 2-year-old and 3-year-old of his generation. He captured the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at two before going on to win the Florida Derby (G1) and Wood Memorial (G2) at three. Unbridled’s Song earned $1,311,800 before retiring to stud at Taylor Made in 1997.
Unbridled’s Song proved to be one of the most popular commercial sires of all time. His $298,118 lifetime yearling average is best among all North American sires and ranks third all-time in North America among sires by gross yearling sales with $198,844,653 in gross sales.
Sons of Unbridled’s Song at stud already include Grade 1-producing sires Even the Score, First Defence, etc, and his daughters have ranked him among the top broodmare sires, having produced many Grade 1 winners internationally.
Bred in Kentucky by Mandysland Farm out of the Caro (Ire) mare Trolley Song, Unbridled’s Song had recently completed the 2013 breeding season at Taylor Made Stallions.