03/20/2015 4:18PM

Songandaprayer continues reign as top Louisiana sire

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Songandaprayer arrived in Louisiana as the state’s leading general sire, and not much has changed since. The 17-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song ranks as the Bayou State’s top stallion for the third year in a row. 

Songandaprayer, who stands at The Stallion Station at Copper Crowne near Opelousas, La., had 103 winners in 2014, including five stakes winners, for progeny earnings of $3,783,429. He edged Louisiana newcomer E Dubai of Elite Thoroughbreds, whose 94 winners earned $3,647,414. The top two on the general sire list were followed by Whispering Oaks Farm stallion D’wildcat, who had 69 winners but was boosted to total progeny earnings of $3,212,352 by multiple graded stakes winner and $848,600-earner Wildcat Red. No other Louisiana stallion had more than $3 million in progeny earnings in 2014.

Songandaprayer was a member of the first crop of Unbridled’s Song, who would go on to be a prominent commercial sire. Songandaprayer, a $470,000 yearling, sold for $1 million to former Duke basketball star Bobby Hurley at the 2000 Fasig-Tipton Florida sale of selected 2-year-olds in training. He went on to win both his starts as a juvenile, including Aqueduct’s Huntington Stakes. The following spring, Songandaprayer earned his way into the Kentucky Derby by capturing the Fountain of Youth Stakes and finishing second in the Blue Grass Stakes. After setting blazing early fractions in the Derby – 22.25 seconds for the opening quarter and 44.86 for the half – the brilliant colt backed up to finish 13th behind winner Monarchos. Graded stakes placed later that summer, Songandaprayer retired with three wins from eight starts and earnings of $380,480.

Songandaprayer entered stud at Marablue Farm in Reddick, Fla., for 2002, and later moved within the state to the Walmac Farm South division at Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds in Ocala for 2005. The young stallion was Florida’s leading resident freshman sire of 2005, and finished fourth nationally in that category behind Tiznow, El Corredor, and City Zip. Based on the success of his early runners, Walmac relocated Songandaprayer to its Lexington, Ky., base for 2006. He moved to Copper Crowne for the 2013 breeding season.

Wherever he has been located, Songandaprayer has sired quality, and he is now firmly established at the head of a solid stallion roster in Louisiana. From his first 10 crops of racing age, the stallion is represented by 560 winners from 714 starters through March 16, for combined progeny earnings of $41,959,837. He is represented by 39 stakes winners, with an additional 51 stakes-placed runners.

Songandaprayer’s runners in 2014 were led by Prudhoe Bay, who won three stakes, highlighted by the Grade 3 Jersey Shore Stakes at Monmouth Park. Another high-end runner for the sire was Aireofdistinction, who captured the Spring Fever Stakes at Oaklawn Park and followed up by landing the Open Mind Stakes at Churchill Downs. Aireofdistinction, who has earned more than a quarter-million dollars, is off to a solid start in 2015, placing in a pair of stakes at Aqueduct.

Songandaprayer was also represented last season by Dan the Tin Man, a stakes winner at Woodbine; Sinandaprayer, who became a Grade 1 winner in Puerto Rico; and Genial Boy, a Group 2 stakes winner in Chile.

Songandaprayer’s career standouts include Grade 2 winners Songster and What a Song; Grade 3/Group 3 winners Praying for Cash, He’s Got Grit, Singanothersong, Rapport, and Kentucky Wildcat; stakes winner and Grade 1-placed Reveron; Saudi Arabian champion Naafiae; Panamanian champion Britanica; and UAE Derby runner-up Jack Junior.