07/05/2007 11:00PM

Political Force adds to Unbridled's Song's tally


LEXINGTON, Ky. - With a pair of Grade 1 winners in the Mother Goose and the Suburban Handicap last weekend, Taylor Made Farm stallion Unbridled's Song is realizing the goals that the Taylors envisioned for the horse.

The sire of more than 50 stakes winners from his first eight crops to race, Unbridled's Song has gone from being a promising young sire to one of the most commercially successful stallions in the country.

This elevation of his profile and proof of the stallion's success have made a difference in the quality of his mates.

"Although he's always had good mares, his 2-year-olds to the present-year coverings are from outstanding books of mares because we've been in a position to pick and choose some extra nice mares and have a lot of them," said Byron Rogers, stallion director at Taylor Made.

A mare who would have qualified as one of the nicest in a stallion's book in 2002 or today was Grade 1 winner Glitter Woman, the dam of Suburban winner Political Force.

The attractive bay daughter of Glitterman produced only five foals before her death in January 2006 from complications of colic. The mare had produced a filly by Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus and it also died.

The loss of the broodmare and foal were part of a string of mishaps related to Glitter Woman's offspring.

Owner Joe Allen had sold the mare's first filly, the Seeking the Gold filly My Friend C.Z., in a private transaction, he said, "because I thought I was set with the family, and then it went to pieces. I sold that filly just before Glitter Woman [and her foal of 2006] died, and then the tragedy was that the mare's Pulpit filly, This Just In, broke down last year at Saratoga and died. She had real ability."

This left Allen with the mare's son Political Force, who also had considerable ability. Allen said that trainer Allen Jerkens "has always liked him a lot, and we've known that Political Force could be a really good horse."

The gray colt also had some issues. Allen noted that as a 2-year-old in training, Political Force was "very rank and wanted to run off, and his body was ahead of his mental development at the time."

Political Force ran second in the Nashua Stakes to Bluegrass Cat, who ran second the following year in the Kentucky Derby.

"Political Force ran so greenly that I thought he did everything wrong," Allen said.

Political Force came out of the Nashua with chips in an ankle.

"Dr. [Stephen] Selway operated on him and cleaned up the problem," Allen said, so that the colt had good prospects for his second season of racing.

Unfortunately, those prospects didn't pan out.

"We couldn't get him right all last year," Allen said. "Physically, he was in good shape, but his mind wasn't in the right place. So we gave him a lot of time off and he has settled down to the point that he has shown that he does have a lot of natural ability on the track."

Now that Political Force has proven the expectations of his owner and trainer with a second in the Metropolitan and a victory in the Suburban, the colt has a promising future, both as a racehorse and as a stallion prospect.

The colt's connections are planning to "give him a little break and then go for the Woodward, Jockey Club Gold Cup, and Breeders' Cup, although a lot of things that can happen," Allen said.

A victory in one or more of those eminently prestigious races would make Political Force a very attractive stallion prospect, but Allen said that a "deal on standing him at stud has not been made and probably will not be made until the end of the year."

The owner's War Front entered stud at historic Claiborne Farm this year and was very well received by breeders. Considering that relationship and the farm's prominence as a stallion maker, Claiborne would be a likely spot to stand Political Force. The farm also does not stand a son of Unbridled's Song, one of the most popular sires of stallions in Kentucky after the early success of his son Songandaprayer.

With the racing performances of stock like Political Force and Octave, as well as some early stud successes, Unbridled's Song has become one of the handful of premier stallions in Kentucky.

Not surprisingly, the stud fee for Unbridled's Song has escalated dramatically during the past several years, although there was a pragmatic reason for the latest rise in fee for 2007. Taylor Made needed to moderate the size of the stallion's book and used the stud fee as the tool to do that.

"Commercially, we took a risk in moving his stud fee from $150,000 to $200,000," Rogers said. "But last year, he served 144 mares, the largest book he had ever had, and it was difficult. He didn't cover the way we would have liked to see, and our clients couldn't always find a spot for their mares when they were ready. So by raising his fee, we got him to 108 mares and got the result we were looking for. He has 101 in foal, and he covered them the way you want to see and was available for our clients' mares when they needed to use him."

The enduring pragmatism of the Taylor Made operation had considered everything, and "the syndicate will see no difference" in receipts, Rogers said. "They will make the same money each year, but regarding the horse's management, it's a much better thing to be doing."