09/23/2013 12:50PM

Spanish Steps sold to Saudi Arabia

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Spanish Steps, sire of Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Little Mike, has been sold to continue his stud career in Saudi Arabia.

The 12-year-old Unbridled horse, a full brother to the late, prominent sire Unbridled’s Song, most recently stood at Lake Shore Farms in Scottsburg, Ind. The deal to send him overseas was brokered by Chad Schumer Bloodstock.

“With the recent sad passing of classic sire Unbridled’s Song, we feel honored to have been able to secure his brother Spanish Steps, himself already proven as a Grade 1 sire,” Schumer said. “We feel his progeny will be well-suited to racing conditions in Saudi Arabia, and look forward to watching the next stage of his career.”

The unraced Spanish Steps, who entered stud in Florida in 2005 before moving to Indiana in 2009, is represented by nine stakes winners, with Little Mike his lone U.S. graded stakes winner. In addition to winning the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita Park, Little Mike captured last year’s Arlington Million and Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, both Grade 1 events, in a campaign that made him an Eclipse Award finalist. To date, he has bankrolled more than $3.1 million.

Spanish Steps is represented by 92 winners overall, and his progeny have bankrolled $8,426,734.