One week after the passing of its leading sire Unbridled’s Song, Taylor Made Stallions announced it has purchased an interest in his Grade I-winning son Graydar.
Graydar was an impressive winner of this year’s Grade I Donn Handicap and Grade II New Orleans Handicap. Graydar is campaigned by Twin Creeks Racing Stables, which agreed to partner with Taylor Made on the 4-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song.
“Graydar is the closest thing I’ve seen to Unbridled’s Song, and obviously we’ve had the privilege to be around a lot of good ones through the years,” said Taylor Made President & CEO Duncan Taylor in a release. “Graydar’s combination of looks, class, and sheer brilliance remind me of his sire, both on and off the racetrack, and he has that special presence about him like Unbridled’s Song had.
“We felt like we had to be a part of Graydar after his awesome performance in the Grade I Donn, and we were fortunate enough to partner on the horse back in February with Steve Davison, Randy Gullatt and the Twin Creeks group, who we’ve had a long and good relationship with,” added Taylor. “The entire Thoroughbred community suffered a big loss with the passing of Unbridled’s Song, and we felt it was time to announce some good news. We’re extremely excited and carry big hopes for Graydar. We’ve always felt that he would be a great heir to carry on his terrific sire line.”
Unbridled’s Song was euthanized at the age of 20 last Friday as a result of a large mass present in multiple sinus cavities and around the optic nerves.
Graydar dominated a Gulfstream maiden race by 8 ½ lengths last year in his career debut, earning a 100 Beyer. He returned to capture a one-mile allowance race as a 3-year-old at Gulfstream, stopping the clock in 1:33.72 – just a hundredth of a second off Commentator’s track record of 1:33.71.
Off that impressive allowance score, Graydar stepped right into graded stakes company in the Grade I Donn on February 9, turning in an electrifying performance to defeat four Grade I winners with an easy three-length victory in the prestigious race. He earned a 109 Beyer for the performance, which fittingly gave his sire Unbridled’s Song a landmark of 100 career stakes winners – and his fifteenth Grade I winner – as a stallion.
Graydar was sidelined with an ankle chip following his win in the New Orleans Handicap and recently started back breezing at Saratoga for trainer Todd Pletcher in preparation for his second half of the year campaign, with the primary goal being the Breeders’ Cup Classic in November at Santa Anita.
A winner of four of five career starts with earnings of $601,560 to date, Graydar was bred by William Farish and hails from the Dehere mare Sweetest Smile.