Unbridled

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Unbridled
Sire Fappiano
Grandsire Mr. Prospector
Dam Gana Facil
Damsire Le Fabuleux
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1987
Country United States
Colour Bay
Breeder Tartan Stable
Owner Frances A. Genter
Trainer Carl Nafzger
Record 24: 8-6-6
Earnings $4,489,475
Major wins

What a Pleasure Stakes 1989
Florida Derby (1990)
Deputy Minister Handicap (1991)

American Classics / Breeders' Cup wins:
Kentucky Derby (1990)
Breeders' Cup Classic (1990)
Awards
U.S. Champion 3-Yr-Old Colt (1990)
Honours
Unbridled Stakes at Calder Race Course

Unbridled (March 5, 1987 – October 18, 2001) was a Champion American Thoroughbred racehorse.

The colt was sired by Fappiano (10 wins in 17 starts), by Mr. Prospector, and his dam was Gana Facil, by Le Fabuleux. Unbridled retired with a career record of 8 wins, 6 places and 6 shows in 24 starts, and $4,489,475 in career earnings. Unbridled had a rivalry with Summer Squall over their three- and four-year-old seasons. Summer Squall defeated Unbridled in 4 of their 6 meetings.[1]

In 1989 at age two, Unbridled won the What A Pleasure Stakes and placed in all six of his starts. At age three, ridden by jockey Pat Day, he won the Grade I Florida Derby by four lengths and with jockey Craig Perret he won America's most prestigious race, the Kentucky Derby, by 3½ lengths. He finished second in the Preakness Stakes to Summer Squall then in a major upset, finished fourth in the Belmont Stakes to the Irish colt Go And Go. In the fall, ridden by Pat Day, Unbridled won the 1¼ mile Breeders' Cup Classic at Belmont Park in 2:02.20 minutes. His performances for the year earned him the prestigious Eclipse Award as Champion 3-year-old male of 1990.

When Unbridled won the Derby, a network television camera in the Churchill Downs stands captured his trainer, Carl Nafzger, giving the horse's elderly owner, Frances Genter, a stretch call because of her poor vision. Nafzger shouted, "He's going to win! He's going to win! Oh, Mrs. Genter, I love you!"

Racing as a four-year-old, Unbridled won the Deputy Minister Handicap at Gulfstream Park and placed second behind Summer Squall in the Fayette Handicap at Keeneland Race Course.

Unbridled sired 292 runners that produced 183 winners (38 of those stakes winners) out of 437 foals earning over $31 million by 2000. Ten of his offspring were Grade I stakes winners, four were classic winners, and three received Eclipse Awards. Unbridled is the last Kentucky Derby winner to sire another Derby winner: Grindstone, who won the Kentucky Derby in 1996.

Unbridled is also the last stallion to have sired at least one winner in each of the American Triple Crown races (first for each listed): Grindstone, Kentucky Derby, 1996; Red Bullet, Preakness Stakes, 2000; and Empire Maker, Belmont Stakes, 2003.

Some of Unbridled's other offspring include:

  • Colts/Horses: Unbridled's Song, Eddington, Anees, Unshaded, Saarland, Mustanfar, Symphony Sid, Rebridled, Malabar Gold, Unbridled Jet, Unbridled's Image, Niigon, Greed is Good, Wheelaway, Unrestricted, Broken Vow, Pupil, and Uncoupled.

Unbridled was also grandsire of the filly Eight Belles (sired by Unbridled's Song). Eight Belles finished second at the 2008 Kentucky Derby, but she broke both front pasterns at the finish and was euthanized on the track. Via his daughter Oatsee, he was also the broodmare sire of Shackleford, winner of the 2011 Preakness Stakes.

One of Grindstone's foals, Birdstone, upset Smarty Jones to win the 2004 Belmont Stakes. Birdstone in turn sired Mine That Bird, a gelding that won the 2009 Kentucky Derby, and Summer Bird, a colt that won the 2009 Belmont Stakes, giving Unbridled three generations of Triple Crown race winners.

In September 2001, Unbridled underwent two operations at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, near Lexington, Kentucky. He was euthanized at the clinic after a severe bout of colic.

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