11/07/2016 5:41PM

Taylor Made had exacta boxed in Classic

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Emily Shields
Taylor Made stood BC Classic winner Arrogate's sire, Unbridled's Song, and is the future home of runner-up California Chrome.

There was an element of irony in Arrogate’s victory over California Chrome in last Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic for Taylor Made Farm, co-owner and future home of the latter.

Juddmonte Farms’ Arrogate is a son of Taylor Made’s late flagship sire Unbridled’s Song, who died in 2013 after standing his entire career at the Nicholasville, Ky., facility. Taylor Made also sold Arrogate’s dam, Bubbler, to his breeder Clearsky Farm in 2010.

“It was bittersweet in every sense of the word,” Mark Taylor said. “From one angle, I’m very happy for the Cleary boys over at Clearsky. Their father bought Bubbler from us as a maiden, and then bred such an incredible horse, and now they’ve got her back in the [Fasig-Tipton November sale on Monday night]. I’m wishing them the best of luck.

“From another standpoint is the legacy of Unbridled’s Song,” Taylor continued. “It feels lik I’ve spent the last 20 years being an apologist for Unbridled’s Song. People constantly said, ‘[His offspring] are not sound, they’re not this, they’re not that.’ The bottom line is he’s a great stallion. You look at the last five years, he’s come up with Graydar, Cross Traffic, Will Take Charge, Arrogate. He just got better with age. His legacy is just enhanced by that, which gives us a lot of personal satisfaction.”

Unbridled’s Song, himself winner of the 1995 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, had sired four prior Breeders’ Cup winners, but never a winner of the Classic. His previous victories came with 2001 and 2010 Distaff/Ladies’ Classic winners Unbridled Elaine and Unrivaled Belle, 2008 Juvenile winner Midshipman, and 2015 Dirt Mile winner Liam’s Map. Will Take Charge was a narrow second in the 2013 Classic.

“It was great. I’m happy for all the connections, and you can’t be greedy," Taylor said. "When you win everything that Team Chrome has won this year, and you come up a little short, any sour grapes is just ridiculous.”

--additional reporting by Joe Nevills