A winner in six of his eight starts at 3 and 4, Liam’s Map (by Unbridled’s Song) is best remembered for Grade 1 victories in the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile and Woodward Stakes, as well as a tremendously game second in the Whitney, when he was caught in the last stride by eventual divisional champion Honor Code (A.P. Indy).
Both went to stud at Lane’s End Farm for the 2016 breeding season and received very good books of mares from committed breeders. From his first book, Liam’s Map covered 148 mares, with 130 reported in foal, and those matings resulted in 116 live foals (78 percent) in his first crop, now weanlings.
Before he showed his form on the racetrack or breeding shed, Liam’s Map was a striking individual and brought $800,000 from St. Elias Stables at the 2012 Keeneland September yearling sale. Liam’s Map was the highest-priced yearling by his sire that year, and the gray colt proved to be the most talented of his sire’s offspring in the crop. Currently credited with 115 stakes winners, Unbridled’s Song is the sire of champion and leading money winner Arrogate, plus the leading first-crop yearling sire Will Take Charge, who was also champion 3-year-old colt of 2012.
With those sons keeping Unbridled’s Song in the headlines, demand for Liam’s Map should likewise stay robust, and he also has a noteworthy half-brother, Not This Time (Giant’s Causeway), a G3 winner and close second in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, who is now at stud with first foals arriving in 2018.
Liam’s Map and his sibling are out of the G3 stakes-winning Trippi mare Miss Macy Sue, a six-time stakes winner who has produced three stakes winners to date. Miss Macy Sue traces back to the stakes-winning Tweak (Secretariat) and her champion dam Ta Wee, whose four stakes winners included Great Above, the sire of Horse of the Year Holy Bull.
With looks, pedigree, and performance, Liam’s Map has attracted some partisans, and the young sire has good representatives from his first crop being offered at the November sale. High on the list of prospects is Hip 989, a bay colt out of the Include mare Kittery Point and a half-brother to G1 winner Sam’s Sister (La Brea Stakes). The colt’s dam is one of four siblings who have produced stakes winners, including four G1 winners. Earlier in the sale is Hip 626, a bay colt out of the Tactical Cat mare Miss Holiday Inn and a half-brother to stakes winner Zip Cash Back (City Zip) and Hannah’s Holiday (Kafwain).
The number of mares bred to Liam’s Map increased in his second season, indicating that breeders liked what they saw from his initial foals, and one of those second-book mares is Hip 385, the Distorted Humor mare Agatha, who is in foal on an April 15 cover. She is out of the G3 stakes-placed Mysteries (Seattle Slew) and is a half-sister to Japanese champion Hishi Akebono (Woodman) and multiple G1 winner Agnes World (Danzig), winner of the Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp and July Cup.
The overall results for the first-crop weanlings by Liam’s Map were 11 sold for an average of $146,818 and a median of $125,000.
The specific results for Hip 989 (RNA for $185,000) and Hip 626 ($250,000; Hunter Valley Farm). The highest price was $310,000 for Hip 810, a colt out of Aqua Regia, purchased by St. Elias Stables, Dennis O’Neill agent. The second highest was Hip 626, and the third-highest price was $180,000 for Hip 58, a colt out of High Quail, purchased by Calumet Farm.