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You can’t keep a good mare down, but sometimes, you can sell one just early enough to regret it.

That might well be the plot line for Unbridled Run (dk b mare 2000 by Unbridled x Royal Run, by Wavering Monarch).

A well-bred mare by a serious sire of racing and breeding stock, Unbridled Run was well intended from the start. The results did not meet expectations, as is the norm in racing and breeding.

She sold for $525,000 as a yearling at Keeneland September, proved nothing on the racetrack in seven starts, then began her time as a broodmare rather quietly, before being assessed as surplus to needs and sold by WinStar Farm at the 2011 Keeneland January mixed sale for $20,000. The mare, then in foal again to Spring at Last but on a May 25 cover, was later exported to the Philippines.

Ouch.

That, however, is the way most endeavors in breeding proceed. Not to maximum success. The mare had no black type produce at the time of sale. Now, she has two.

Both the 2-year-old Ithinkisawapudycat (Bluegrass Cat) and Spring in the Air have become stakes horses, making their dam a much more valued broodmare than just a couple of years ago.

Now the half-sister to Breeders’ Futurity winner Tejano Run (Tejano) and Jersey Derby winner More Royal (Mt Livermore) is the dam of G1 winner Spring in the Air, who came from off the pace to win the Alcibiades last Friday on the opening-day card at Keeneland by a length.

A daughter of leading freshman sire Spring at Last, also owned by and standing at WinStar, Spring in the Air has won two of four starts and is one of the better prospects for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies next month.

And so the racing gods laugh.

The mare’s produce record is below:

1st Dam: Unbridled Run, dkbbr, 2000. Bred by Lordship Stud (KY). Raced 2 yrs in NA, 7 sts, 0 wins, $6,985 (ssi = 0.37). Sent to Philippines, 2011.($20,000, 2011, KEEJAN, brdmr; $525,000, 2001, KEESEP, yrlg)

2004: Barren.
2005: Masala T, dk b/ g, by Tale of the Cat. Raced 2 yrs in NA, 23 sts, 4 wins, $87,282.
2006: Crystal B Good, dk b/ f, by Successful Appeal.
2007: You’re Beingplayed, dk b/ f, by Speightstown. Raced 4 yrs in NA, 32 sts, 5 wins, $68,733.
2008: Cat in the Grass, b f, by Bluegrass Cat.
2009: Ithinkisawapudycat, b f, by Bluegrass Cat. Raced 2 yrs in NA, 5 sts, 1 wins, $45,538. 3rd My Trusty Cat S.
2010: SPRING IN THE AIR. b f, by Spring at Last. Raced 1 yr in NA, 4 sts, 2 wins, $371,519. ($50,000 yrlg, 2011 KeeSep; $130,000 2yo OBS March.
At 2: Won Alcibiades S. (G1); 2nd Shady Well S. (R) (G1), Natalma S. (G2).

 

2nd Dam: Royal Run, b, 1986. Bred by Catesby W. Clay (KY). Unraced in NA, Eng and Fr. Dam of MORE ROYAL (c, Mt. Livermore, $200,622. Won Jersey Derby (G2), Transylvania S.; 2nd Arlington Classic S. (G2), Forerunner S. (G3). $90,966. Won Pr Haras de la Huderie; 2nd Royal Lodge S. (ENG. G2); 3rd Vintage S. (ENG. G3)), TEJANO RUN (c, Tejano, $1,166,842. Won Breeders’ Futurity (G2), Kentucky Cup Juvenile (G3), Fort Harrod S. (G3), Widener H. (G3), Turfway Championship (G3), Pioneer S.; 2nd Kentucky Derby (G1), Jim Beam S. (G2), Cradle S., Dust Commander S.; 3rd Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), Oaklawn H. (G1), Pimlico Special (G1), Gulfstream Park H. (G1), Blue Grass S. (G2), Washington Park H. (G2)).

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