11/22/2016 2:29PM

Unbridled's Song mares sell strongly

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Barbara D. Livingston
Unbridled's Song died in 2013, but his daughters are still a hot commodity, evidenced by his sale-topping Unrivaled Belle, who sold for $3.8 million at Keeneland November.

The late Unbridled’s Song continues to build his legacy, as his daughters made him one of the leading sires at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, which concluded Sunday.

Unbridled’s Song, the former flagship sire for Taylor Made Farm, died in 2013, but since his death has been represented by Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Arrogate, champion Will Take Charge, and Grade 1 winners Liam’s Map and Tara’s Tango.

Off his strong recent results, he was represented by 35 older horses – including broodmares, broodmare prospects, or racing or broodmare prospects – sold at Keeneland November for total gross receipts of $9,268,500, an average price of $264,814. His total receipts edged two-time reigning leading sire and commercial juggernaut Tapit, with 35 sold for $5,732,000.

Unbridled’s Song’s lot was led by the sale-topper, 2010 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic winner Unrivaled Belle, who sold for $3.8 million to Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm. He also was represented by $800,000 Conquest Serenade, the most expensive horse out of the Conquest Stables dispersal, sold to Stonestreet Farm, and by the winning broodmare Share the Music, sold for $725,000 to Twin Creeks.

Unrivaled Belle and Share the Music were both offered in foal to Tapit, propelling the Gainesway resident to the top spot among covering sires of broodmares, with seven mares in foal to him sold for $9,625,000, an average of $1,375,000.

The late Scat Daddy finished third among sires of broodmares or prospects by gross receipts, with 27 sold for $5,047,500. He was led by Grade 1 winner Celestine, who sold for $2.55 million to Moyglare Stud. Rounding out the top 10 behind him were international titan Galileo, late sires Smart Strike and Indian Charlie, successful filly sire Medaglia d’Oro, War Front, the late Street Cry, and Giant’s Causeway.

Galileo, who stands at Coolmore’s Irish base, led by average price among stallions with three or more daughters sold, with his six lots averaging $813,333. His top offering was Secret Gesture, who went for $3.5 million to Godolphin representative John Ferguson. The mare was sold in foal to Claiborne Farm linchpin War Front, propelling the latter atop leading covering sires by average, with a figure of $1,825,000.

Following Galileo among sires by average mare price were two surprising names, each fueled by a high-priced daughter. Bluegrass Cat, who stands at Ballena Vista Farm in California, was represented by five sold for average of $449,500, led by $2.2 million Ithinkisawapudycat to Marette Farrell, as agent for Mount Brilliant Farm. Graeme Hall, sold in 2014 to Saudi Arabia, had three mares sold for an average of $363,333, led by multiple graded stakes producer Graeme Six for $950,000 to the partnership of Gainesway and Whisper Hill.