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Dunkirk (gray colt, Unbridled’s Song x Secret Status, by AP Indy)

Ashford; $10,000

Dunkirk had the class and natural ability to make some mark as a sire, and there is no doubt that, with his powerful connections and good looks, the big gray son of Unbridled’s Song will get as good a shot at stallion success as most any horse deserves.

A big but well-balanced son of Unbridled’s Song, Dunkirk shows some of the moderating influence of his broodmare sire, Horse of the Year AP Indy.

That is a good thing. In addition, Dunkirk showed high class on the racetrack, finishing second in the G1 Belmont Stakes and Florida Derby. But the fact remains that he did not win a stakes and that he made all of five starts before cashing his ticket as a racehorse and toddling off to the paddocks.

This is a recurring theme with the progeny of some stallions, and it has become too common with regard to Unbridled’s Song, who has sired more racehorses of outstanding ability and limited toughness than any sire active today. And these considerations strongly abate my enthusiasm for using this line without extreme caution.