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us stallions Title at last for Unbridled’s Song

It has been a fabulous year for Lane’s End sire Candy Ride courtesy of his headline act Gun Runner. But he also sired a further 12 stakes winners, including another two horses successful in Grade 1s

With his final crop three-year-olds of this year, Unbridled’s Song finally earned his leading general sires’ title thanks in large part to Arrogate and Forever Unbridled. The two combined by their big-money race wins to earn $14,933,280 of Unbridled’s Song’s $18,189,911 progeny earnings as of November 13 with four graded stakes winners overall this year. Forever Unbridled looks to add a final Eclipse award to Unbridled’s Song’s trophy case as well – she went undefeated in 2017 while running in only Grade 1 races and has almost certainly locked up the Older Dirt Female Eclipse award. Arrogate is the highest profile son of Unbridled’s Song retiring for 2018 – he is to stand at Juddmonte for $75,000 and has already attracted a large book of mares. However, he isn’t the only graded stakes winning son of Unbridled’s Song heading to the breeding shed. Gainesway is the new home of multiple graded stakes winner Bird Song, who won the Alysheba Stakes (G2). Standing for $5,000, Bird Song will join his dam’s half-brother Birdstone on the roster.

Photo courtesy of Lane’s End

A sweet year for Candy

A top sire for many years, 2017 wasn’t really any different than usual for the Lane’s End stallion Candy Ride, but the stallion was thrust in the spotlight more than normal thanks to son Gun Runner. The stallion had 13 stakes winners in 2017 with seven graded stakes winners to earn him more than $14.4 million. Those winners included three Grade 1 winners over distances from a mile on the Dirt to 12f on the Turf, and ranging in age from two to five. Gun Runner was the big headliner for the stallion, winning five of his six starts in 2017 including a commanding victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). His only loss came to Arrogate in the Dubai World Cup (G1) when second, a loss he subsequently made up for by reeling off four Grade 1 wins. Perhaps an even more exciting stallion prospect than Arrogate, Gun Runner’s final start is scheduled to be the Pegasus World Cup (G1) before retiring to Three Chimneys for the 2018 season at a fee of $75,000. He’s one of three Candy Ride sons announced as retiring to Kentucky this year with Grade 2 winner Mastery heading to Claiborne and multiple graded stakes winner Unified standing with his sire at Lane’s End.

Just Joy for the Kitten’s

When Hill ‘n’ Dale made a deal with Ramsey Farm to buy part of Kitten’s Joy and stand him at Hill ‘n’ Dale for 2018, it looked like a smart move; by the end of the year it looked inspired. The sire has headed the leading Turf sires’ list in North America every year since 2013, and, at the time of writing, currently sits in the number three spot on the general sires’ list courtesy of three Grade 1 winners in 2017, including two-time three-year-old Grade 1 winner Oscar Performance. The stallion has had graded stakes winners in five different countries in 2017, including Roaring Lion, who won the Royal Lodge Stakes (G2) and finished second in the Racing Post Trophy (G1), and Taareef, who took the Prix Daniel Wildenstein (G2) in France. With his move to Hill ‘n’ Dale, Kitten’s Joy’s fee has dropped to $60,000 from the $100,000 he’s been for the last handful of seasons.

Sons of Scat Daddy the future

Ever since Scat Daddy’s untimely death in 2015, the race has been on to find an heir to his throne, but if 2017 is any indication, there will be many to choose from in a few years. The leading sire of two-year-olds Scat Daddy had two Group 1-winning juvenile sons in 2017 with two others winning graded stakes. The most important of those sons from a commercial standpoint is Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) winner Mendelssohn. The half-brother to multiple champion Beholder and top sire Into Mischief topped the 2016 Keeneland September Yearling Sale when bought by Coolmore for $3 million. A notable statistic is that the Scat Daddy son becomes the first Keeneland September topper to win a Group or Grade 1 race since at least 1999. Connections have mentioned a possible tilt at the Kentucky Derby (G1) in 2018 for 165

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Stallion Review 2017, including Frankel, Mickley Stud, a wealth of stallion statistics and an interview with Elite Racing Club, owner-breede...


Stallion Review 2017, including Frankel, Mickley Stud, a wealth of stallion statistics and an interview with Elite Racing Club, owner-breede...