GRAYDAR 2017 Fee: $12,500 S&N

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Unbridled's Song - Sweetest Smile, by Dehere
2009, Gray or Roan, Height: 16.3
"Off to a great start with his first in-foal mares. Very strong numbers for a $15,000 stallion - 16 mares in foal for an average of $101,188, a median of $90,000, and a top of $280,000. I'm impressed with the book of mares Taylor Made and their customers bred to Graydar."Bill Oppenheim
"The closest thing I've seen to Unbridled's Song. His combination of looks, class, and sheer brilliance reminds me of his sire - both on and off the racetrack."Duncan Taylor
The Unbridled Legacy Continues
  • First 2-year-olds include $290,000 colt at OBSAPR purchased by Jay Em Ess Stable, $200,000 colt at FTFFEB, $190,000 colt at OBSMAR
  • No. 1 Freshman ROI Sire from first weanlings in 2015 — $93,813 avg., and 2016 yearlings of $250,000, $210,000, $200,000, etc.; Buy-to-race owners incl. Whisper Hill Farm, Jay Em Ess Stable, Twin Creeks Racing, GMB Racing, Town & Country Farm, etc.
  • Bred 373 mares in his first three books, incl. the dams of Constitution-G1, Fashion Plate-G1, Creative Cause-G1, etc., as well as top-class race mares like Xtra Heat-G1, Nonsuch Bay-G1, Cluster of Stars-G2, etc.
  • Brilliant 3-length winner $500,000 Donn H. [G1] in his stakes debut, setting fractions of :46 4/5, 1:10 2/5, 1:35 1/5 before powering home in 1:48 1/5 to defeat 4 Grade 1 winners
  • Earned a 109 Beyer winning the Donn H. [G1] in just his fourth lifetime start
  • Gate-to-wire winner of the $400,000 Kelso Invitational H. [G2] in 1:34 flat while carrying top weight
  • Versatile winner $400,000 New Orleans H. [G2], rallying from off the pace to defeat top older horses
  • Ran a mile in 1:33.72 at Gulfstream - 1/100th off Commentator's track record
  • Broke maiden first time out by 8 1/2 lengths - 100 Beyer
  • Near flawless record - avg. winning margin 4+ lengths, earnings $841,560
  • Arguably the closest to Unbridled's Song in style, brilliance, class, presence, physical stature
  • Free of Seattle Slew/A.P. Indy line, perhaps the best cross for Unbridled's Song
  • First 2-year-olds race in 2017

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Recent News for GRAYDAR

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
First-Crop Sire Graydar's $290,000 colt sold during Wednesday's session of the April 25-28 OBS Spring Sale of 2-year-olds in Training...
Thursday, March 02, 2017
A colt from the first crop of Grade 1 winner Graydar sold for $200,000 during Wednesday's Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream sale...
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Taylor Made Stallions has set its 2017 stallion roster and most fees, led by new stallion Mshawish who will stand his first season for $20,000 S&N...
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Graydar, whose first foals are yearlings of 2016, had one of the top-10 colt prices during Sunday's session of the Keeneland September Yearling sale with a $210,000 juvenile...
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Taylor Made Sales consigned one filly by Graydar during the second day of the Aug. 8-9 Fasig Tipton Saratoga Yearling Sale, hip No. 245, which sold to Carolyn Karlson for $250,000...
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Graydar's first yearlings to sell at auction included a $200,000 colt at Tuesday's Fasig-Tipton July sale, with Twin Creeks Racing Stable signing for the colt...
Wednesday, July 06, 2016
Graydar, a top five freshman weanling sire of 2015, has a total of 13 yearlings cataloged in the Fasig-Tipton July yearling sale, most of any freshman sire represented in the one-day auction...
Thursday, November 12, 2015
A weanling colt from the first crop of Grade 1 winner Graydar brought a winning bid of $190,000 during Wednesday’s Keeneland November sale.
Wednesday, November 04, 2015
Graydar, whose first foals are weanlings of 2015, had a pair of colts sell for $185,000 during Wednesday’s session of the Nov. 2-13 Keeneland November sale...
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Taylor Made Stallions has set fees for its 2016 roster of stallions in Nicholasville, KY, led by Graydar, the imposing Grade 1-winning son of Unbridled’s Song who will stand for $15,000 S&N...
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Following a super strong book his first season, breeders continue to send Grade 1 caliber mares to Graydar in 2015...
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Taylor Made Stallions’ Graydar, the imposing Grade 1-winning son of Unbridled’s Song, sired his first foal early Tuesday, Jan. 13 when a colt was born at Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville, KY...
Friday, November 08, 2013
Taylor Made Stallions has set fees for its 2014 roster of stallions, which features a pair of Grade 1 winners new for 2014 in Oxbow and Graydar...
Thursday, November 07, 2013
Grade 1 winner Graydar, Unbridled’s Song’s undefeated top older horse of 2013, has been retired to Taylor Made Stallions in Nicholasville, KY as property of a syndicate...
Saturday, September 28, 2013
After a front-running victory in Saturday's $400,000 Kelso H. (G2) at Belmont Park, Graydar, a 4-year-old Unbridled's Song colt, is headed to Santa Anita Park for the Breeders' Cup...
Friday, August 02, 2013
Taylor Made Stallions purchased an interest in leading older horse Graydar, this year’s impressive winner of the Donn H. (G1) and New Orleans H. (G2), back in February...
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Graydar affirmed himself as the nation’s top older horse with a 1 3/4-length score in Saturday’s $400,000 New Orleans H. (G2) at Fair Grounds...
Saturday, February 09, 2013
Unbridled’s Song joined the century club in a big way Saturday when Graydar scored an electrifying win in the $500,000 Donn H. (G1) at Gulfstream Park...
Thursday, December 06, 2012
Graydar, a 3-year-old son of Unbridled's Song, cruised to victory Thursday at Gulfstream Park, coming within one-hundredth of a second of the one mile track record...
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Graydar, a 3-year-old son of Unbridled's Song, took his career debut by 8 1/2 lengths going a one-turn mile at Gulfstream on April 8...


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Mating Recommendations for GRAYDAR

By: Alan Porter

Undefeated in graded stakes competition, Graydar’s victories include the New Orleans Handicap (gr. II), and wire-to-wire triumphs in the Kelso Handicap (gr. II) and Donn Handicap (gr. I). Graydar is one of the most accomplished sons of Unbridled’s Song, an outstanding sire who already has six grade one siring stallion sons to represent him.

One of the most prolific stakes winner producing crosses for Unbridled’s Song and his sons has been with mares from the Storm Cat line. Graydar should be particularly suited by mares from that line as he is out of a mare by Champion Two-Year-Old Dehere, like Storm Cat, a product of the Northern Dancer/Secretariat cross. Among the broodmare sires of stakes winners on the Unbridled’s Song/Storm Cat cross  Tale of the Cat (sire of Lion Heart), Storm Boot, Storm Creek, Sea of Secrets, Forest Wildcat (sire of Wildcat Heir), Forestry, Tabasco Cat, Giant’s Causeway (sire of First Samurai), Hennessy (sire of Johannesburg, Cactus Ridge and Wiseman’s Ferry, grandsire of Scat Daddy), Catienus and Menifee (by Harlan, also the sire of Harlan’s Holiday), while other possibilities include Stormy Atlantic, Bernstein, Stormin Fever, Freud, Bluegrass Cat, Yankee Gentleman and Pure Prize. Unbridled’s Song also has a grade one winner out of a mare by Summer Squall (a Storm Bird son bred on the same cross as Storm Cat), and a grade one winner out of a mare by Storm Bird son, Ocean Storm.

Graydar’s broodmare sire, Dehere, is by Deputy Minister, and that horse’s sire, Vice Regent is a close relative to The Minstrel, and he can be found through daughters of L'Emigrant, Opening Verse and Palace Music. The strain of Nijinsky II – a three-quarters brother to The Minstrel – should also work well here and might be introduced through Royal Academy, Shadeed, Alydeed, Seattle Dancer, Sky Classic, Strawberry Road and Sword Dance, who is another bred on the Northern Dancer/Secretariat cross).

Out of mares from the Danzig line there are Unbridled’s Song line stakes winners from mares by Belong to Me, Boundary, Corridor Key, Danehill, Langfuhr, Pine Bluff and Polish Numbers. It could also be worth introducing this strain through Chief's Crown (another Northern Dancer/Secretariat cross), Anabaa, Dayjur, Honor Grades, War ChantWar Front (giving an interesting inbreeding to Fappiano), Exchange Rate, Hard Spun, Lost Soldier (a Northern Dancer/Secretariat cross) and  Danzig Connection.

Other Northern Dancer sources to consider include Dixieland Band (sire of Dixie Union, Dixie Brass and Citidancer, who is already broodmare sire of a grade one winner by Midnight Lute, a horse bred on a similar cross to Graydar), Sadler's Wells (sire of El Prado – himself sire broodmare sire of an Unbridled’s Song line stakes winner - and grandsire of Medaglia d’Oro, Kitten’s Joy and Artie Schiller). We can note that Midnight Lute – like Graydar, a Fappiano line stallion out of a Dehere mare – has already sired four stakes winners, one grade one, with inbreeding to Deputy Minister, and this opens the way for considering mares by Awesome Again (and his son, Ghostzapper), Touch Gold, French Deputy and Service Stripe – all broodmare sires of Unbridled’s Song line stakes winners. Deputy Minister could also be brought in through Silver Deputy, Forest Camp and Deputy Commander. From the Icecapade branch of the Nearctic (sire of Northern Dancer) line, Unbridled's Song is sire of the brilliant Zensational out of a mare by Phone Trick (by Clever Trick), a horse who is also broodmare sire of a grade one winner by Unbridled’s Song’s sire, Unbridled.

As a grandson of Fappiano, the success of Unbridled's Song and his sons with mares carrying In Reality (giving a double of the influential sire, Rough' n Tumble) was no surprise. From this line, Unbridled's Song has grade one winners out of mares by Valid Appeal and Taylor's Falls; a graded stakes winner out of a mare by In Reality himself; a graded stakes winner out a mare by Know Fact, and two stakes winners out of mares descending from In Reality through Relaunch, who can be found through Honour and Glory, Skywalker, Bertrando, Officer, Cee’s Tizzy and Tiznow (already broodmare sire of an Unbridled’s Song line graded stakes winner). There is also an Unbridled’s Song grade one winner out of a mare by In Reality son Kyle’s Our Man, and an Unbridled's Song's grade one winner out of a mare by Glitterman (out of a sister to Relaunch).

Unbridled enjoyed a strong affinity with mares by Caro, Unbridled's Song being an example. In turn, Unbridled's Song has a grade one winner out of a mare by Dr. Carter (a son of Caro) and there are also Unbridled’s Song line stakes winners out of a mares by other Caro line stallions Siberian Express (sire of In Excess, and grandsire of Indian Charlie), and Alphabet Soup and his sire of Cozzene (also sire of Mizzen Mast).  

The cross of Unbridled's Song with mares descending from Blushing Groom, has produced stakes winners out of mares by Mt. Livermore and his sons, Housebuster, Orientate and Peaks and Valleys; Rahy (broodmare sire of a graded stakes winner by Unbridled’s Song); and Runaway Groom (sire of Cherokee Run).

Unbridled's Song and his sons have also begun to find success when bred back over mares from their own Mr. Prospector sire line, among the successful representatives being Gone West (including through Mr. Greeley and his son, El Corredor, and West By West, suggesting trying mares by Grand Slam, Elusive Quality, Speightstown and Proud Citizen); with Forty Niner through Distorted Humor, Gold Case, Luhuk and Tactical Advantage; Norquestor and his sire Conquistador Cielo (also sire of Marquetry and grandsire of Artax); Smart Strike (broodmare sire of a grade one winner by a son of Unbridled's Song); Machiavellian (sire of Street Cry); Miswaki (sire of Black Tie Affair and grandsire of Formal Gold); Lemon Drop Kid; Two Punch (sire of Smoke Glacken); and Mutakddim (by Seeking the Gold also sire of Petionville and Cape Town).

The cross of Unbridled’s Song and mares from the Seattle Slew line is beginning to emerge, and has produced nine stakes winners, including Champion Midshipman (out of a mare by Avenue of Flags), grade one winner First Defence (out of a mare by Seattle Slew himself), graded scorers out of mares by  Vindication, Pulpit (sire of Sky Mesa and Tapit) and Acceptable (by Capote, also sire of Boston Harbor, who is also sire of an Unbridled’s Song line stakes winner), as well as stakes winners out of mares by A.P. Indy, Fast Play and Chief Seattle. Mineshaft, Flatter, Congrats and Malibu Moon are all products of the same cross as Pulpit, and other A.P. Indy line candidates including Bernardini, Jump Start, Majestic Warrior and Stephen Got Even.

Pedigree for GRAYDAR

Printable Blood-Horse Stallion Register Page | Dosage: DP = 6-9-7-0-2 (24) DI = 3.36 CD = 0.71
gr/r. 1993
b. 1987 [BI]
b. 1977 [IC]
ch. 1981
gr. 1983
gr. 1967 [IC]
b. 1971
dkb/br. 1998
b. 1991
b. 1979
b. 1985
dkb/br. 1993
b. 1979
ch. 1979

GRAYDAR modified: 5/13/2017

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2015 Graydar Foals

Performance Record for GRAYDAR

Age Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
3 3 2 0 1 $61,560
4 3 3 (3)  0 0 $780,000
Totals 6 5 (3) 0 1 $841,560

Won at 3
  • An allowance at Gulfstream (8f, 1:33.72, by 4 1/4, .01 off TR, defeating Tiz Yankee, Atoned, Port Conway, Majestic Man, Launch Commander, Kissin Gentleman)
  • A maiden special weight at Gulfstream (8f, 1:35.78, by 8 1/2, wire to wire, defeating Unbridled's Way, Penn's Grant, Fortin, Personal Strike, Tiz Trouble)
3rd at 3
  • An allowance at Belmont (8f, to Saratoga Snacks, Sir Bond, defeating Chief Energy, Reload, B Shanny, Thunder Chief, Desert Storm)
Won at 4
  •  Donn H. (G1, 9f, 1:48.25, by 3, wire to wire, 109 Beyer, defeating Bourbon Courage, Take Charge Indy, Flat Out, Csaba, Pool Play, Fast Falcon, Ducduc, Citrus Kid, Ultimate Eagle)
  •  New Orleans H. (G2, 9f, by 1 3/4, top weight, defeating Mark Valeski, Bourbon Courage, Macho Macho, Flat Out, Majestic Harbor, Cool Street, Dreaming Blue)
  •  Kelso Invitational H. (G2, 8f, 1:34.08, top weight, defeating Brujo de Olleros (BRZ), Hymn Book, Souper Speedy, Easter Gift, Praetereo, Jackson Bend)