Speed & pedigree
Marylou Whitney Stables’ homebred Bird Song, a son Unbridled’s Song and Whitney’s Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner and Eclipse champion 3-year-old filly Bird Town, carried his natural speed to capture two graded stakes in 2017. His champion dam is a half-sister to three-time Grade 1 winner Birdstone, who sired two classic winners in his first crop.
Son of Unbridled’s Song, who leads the 2017 general sires list, and Eclipse champion 3-year-old filly Bird Town, winner and stakes record holder of the Kentucky Oaks (G1)
Out of a champion half-sister to triple Grade 1 winner Birdstone, who sired two classic winners in his first crop; Bird Song’s second dam is 2004 Broodmare of the Year Dear Birdie
Earned triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures in two 2017 graded stakes victories, the Alysheba Stakes (G2) over 1 1/16 miles at Churchill Downs and the Fred W. Hooper Stakes (G3) over one mile at Gulfstream Park
Similar to outstanding sires such as Empire Maker, Malibu Moon, Speightstown, Bernardini, Smart Strike, and Kingmambo, who, like Bird Song, were produced from mares who were either Grade 1 winners or champions
Trainer Ian Wilkes: “Bird Song’s greatest attribute was his natural speed. I look forward to sending mares to him.”
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An allowance race, Churchill Downs, 1 mile, 1:34.06, defeating Seeking the Soul, Luck of the Kitten, etc.
An allowance race, Saratoga Race Course, 6 furlongs, defeating Portando, Delta Outlaw, etc.
A maiden special weight race, Churchill Downs, 6 furlongs, 1:09.58, defeating Sugar Trip, Sicarius, etc.
An allowance race at Keeneland, 1 mile, to Clear the Mine, defeating Papa Zulu, Dolphus, etc.
Alysheba S. (G2), Churchill Downs, 1 1/16 miles, defeating Honorable Duty, International Star, American Freedom, Breaking Lucky, etc.
Fred W. Hooper S. (G3), Gulfstream Park, 1 mile, defeating Realm, War Story, Mr. Jordan, Greenpointcrusader, etc.
Hal’s Hope S. (G3), Gulfstream Park, 1 mile, to Tommy Macho, defeating Realm, Ami’s Flatter, Mr. Jordan, Dolphus, etc.
Ben Ali S. (G3), Keeneland, 1⅛ miles, to Watershed, Eagle, defeating Blofeld, Conquest Enforcer, Scuba, etc.
By Alan Porter
Front-running miler Bird Song is a dual graded stakes winner by the leading sire of 2017, Unbridled’s Song, and out of champion 3-year-old filly Bird Town, herself a half-sister to classic winner and classic sire Birdstone.
Storm Cat-line mares have been a prolific cross for Unbridled’s Song and his sons, having produced nearly 40 stakes winners. With Bird Song, it would be interesting to try mares by sires bred on the Storm Cat/Mr. Prospector cross (giving a reverse cross to Bird Song’s champion dam), such as Tale of the Cat (sire of Lion Heart), Scat Daddy, Pure Prize, Storm Boot, Storm Creek, Catienus, and Wildcat Heir (by Forest Wildcat), with other sources including Hennessy (sire of Johannesburg and Henny Hughes), Stormy Atlantic, Stormin Fever, Harlan (sire of Harlan’s Holiday and Menifee), Bernstein, Giant’s Causeway (sire of First Samurai), Freud, and Yankee Gentleman.
Mares from the Deputy Minister line of Northern Dancer are responsible for three Grade 1 winners by Unbridled’s Song and sons. Sources include Awesome Again (sire of Ghostzapper), Touch Gold, Dehere, Salt Lake, French Deputy, and Silver Deputy. From the Danzig branch, Chief’s Crown (sire of Concerto and grandsire of Bellamy Road), Polish Numbers, Belong to Me, Langfuhr, Boundary (sire of Big Brown), and Pine Bluff all appear as broodmare sires of Unbridled’s Song-line stakes winners, which also suggests daughters of young Danzig sons Exchange Rate, Hard Spun, and War Front, who is particularly appealing here.
Unbridled enjoyed a strong affinity with mares by Caro, Unbridled’s Song being a prime example. In turn, Unbridled’s Song has a Grade 1 winner out of a mare by Caro’s son Dr. Carter and a graded winner out of a mare by Caro’s grandson Siberian Express. Other good sources include Cozzene (sire of Mizzen Mast and Alphabet Soup); In Excess and his son Indian Charlie (sire of Uncle Mo); and With Approval.
Other successful crosses include Icecapade, with Phone Trick (by Clever Trick) appearing as broodmare sire of a Grade 1 winner by Unbridled’s Song as well as Unbridled. From the Blushing Groom line, Unbridled’s Song sired stakes winners out of mares by Mt. Livermore and his sons Housebuster, Orientate, and Peaks and Valleys; Runaway Groom and his son Cherokee Run; and Rahy.
Bird Song is the product of a Mr. Prospector/Mr. Prospector cross, but both strains will be back in the fifth generation of the pedigree of his foals, allowing for crosses back over mares from that line. We can note Unbridled’s Song-line stakes winners out of mares by Distorted Humor and Trippi (both from the Forty Niner branch), Lemon Drop Kid, Smart Strike, and Mr. Greeley (by Gone West, who would be appealing through Speightstown).
Seeking the Gold
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