08/02/2013 2:52PM

Taylor Made acquires interest in Graydar

Barbara D. Livingston
Grade 1 winner Graydar will continue to target the Breeders' Cup Classic for owners Twin Creeks and Taylor Made Stallions.

Taylor Made Stallions has purchased an interest in Grade 1 winner Graydar, now co-owned by the Nicholasville, Ky. stallion farm and Twin Creeks Racing Stable.

The 4-year-old son of Taylor Made’s recently deceased sire Unbridled’s Song has won his last three starts, including the Grade 1 Donn Handicap and, most recently, the Grade 2 New Orleans Handicap. He is currently in training for a late summer and fall campaign after surgery to remove a small chip in his ankle, with the Breeders’ Cup Classic as the primary goal.

In total, Graydar has won four of five starts for earnings of $601,560. Graydar’s win in the Donn was his first attempt at stakes competition. He became the 100th stakes winner sired by Unbridled’s Song.

“Graydar is the closest thing I’ve seen to Unbridled’s Song, and obviously we’ve had the privilege to be around a lot of good ones through the years,” said Taylor Made President and CEO Duncan Taylor. “Graydar’s combination of looks, class, and sheer brilliance remind me of his sire, both on and off the racetrack, and he has that special presence about him like Unbridled’s Song had.

“We felt like we had to be a part of Graydar after his awesome performance in the Grade 1 Donn, and we were fortunate enough to partner on the horse back in February with Steve Davison, Randy Gullatt and the Twin Creeks group, who we’ve had a long and good relationship with,” added Taylor. “The entire Thoroughbred community suffered a big loss with the passing of Unbridled’s Song, and we felt it was time to announce some good news. We’re extremely excited and carry big hopes for Graydar. We’ve always felt that he would be a great heir to carry on [Unbridled’s Song’s] terrific sire line.”

Bred in Kentucky by William S. Farish of Lane’s End, Graydar is out of the winning Dehere mare Sweetest Smile, who has produced six winners from seven foals to start. He is a half-brother to Grade 3-placed winners Star of David and Union Course and is from the family of Grade/Group 1 winners Mujahid and Ron the Greek, as well as Grade 2 winner Musket Man.