Unbridled's Song - Bubbler by Distorted Humor
Selected by Team Baffert at the Keeneland September yearling sale where he sold for $560,000, Arrogate's running style, efficiency of stride, high cruising speed, and exceptional turn of foot is reminiscent more of Unbridled than of his sire, Unbridled's Song. Juddmonte US General Manager Garrett O'Rourke summed it up best in an interview with Daily Racing Form stating: "That unique brilliance and dominance that Arrogate had as a racehorse, and at the classic distance, is what everyone wants to try to produce and present at the sales. They are the horses that end up winning the huge prize money, and when you look at the prize money he won, I think that’s every owner’s dream. Arrogate gets his speed from Unbridled’s Song and his great-granddam, the champion 2-year-old filly Meadow Star. But I think that Unbridled stamina allows him to carry that speed for 10 furlongs. I think that’s what makes him really exciting, meshing that 2-year-old champion brilliance that he has in his pedigree with the classic stamina. That’s what made him a track record breaker."
Unbridled was inbred 4 x 4 to the Tartan foundation mare Aspidistra, the dam of Horse of the Year Dr. Fager, who like Unbridled and Arrogate was possessed of brilliant speed with the ability to carry it a distance of ground. Inbred 4 x 4 to Mr. Prospector, Arrogate hails from the Fappiano branch of the Mr. Prospector line which has emerged as the most prolific source of Classic performers among Mr. Prospector's progeny.
A Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner, Unbridled's Song. was hammered down at the Barrett's Two Year Olds in training sale for $1.4 Million. Rarely are there horses that are supposed to be great from the beginning and actually are. Unbridled's Song has been one of the most consistent sires of brilliant, quality runners which began with his first crop and has continued on up to his last. Interestingly, Arrogate's sire hails from 6 consecutive generations of leading sires, from Native Dancer, to Raise a Native, to Mr. Prospector, to Fappiano, to Unbridled to Unbridled's Song. Unbridled's Song's progeny have earned in excess of $100 million.
Arrogate's female family boasts Two Year Old Champion Meadow Star as his third dam. Meadow Star, the extremely talented and precocious daughter of Meadowlake, who was an undefeated, brilliant juvenile himself, was named Eclipse Champion Two Year Old after a gritty and memorable juvenile campaign in which she went undefeated in seven starts including wins in four Grade 1 events including the Spinaway (G1), the Matron (G1), the Frizette (G1), and the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1). Interestingly, Arrogate's female family is responsible for the leading earners of three different stallions - Unbridled's Song's leading earner - Champion Arrogate ($17,422,600), Meadowlake's leading earner - Champion Meadow Star ($1,445,740) and After Market's leading earner - Eclipse Finalist Belle Gallantey ($1,134,270).
An imposing specimen, standing 16.2 1/2 hands tall, Arrogate was sound of bone and wind and was possessed of a unique talent that has led many to describe him as one of the most, if not, the most talented racehorse of the modern era. Unbridled, Distorted Humor, Caro, Fappiano, Meadowlake, Forty Niner, Deputy Minister, Danzig and Mr. Prospector, a genetic makeup that allowed Arrogate to showcase a talent rarely seen in a racehorse. The hope is that his genotype will match his phenotype and that he will carry on the prepotency of the Fappiano branch of the Mr. Prospector line.
The caliber of mares that are targeted to make up his book will afford the brilliant Eclipse Champion the greatest opportunity to be as great a stallion as he was a racehorse. Juddmonte has been actively purchasing mares to supplement the farm's existing broodmare band to breed to him. The farm is actively recruiting like minded breeders with quality mares so as to construct a stellar book befitting this singular stallion prospect.
Arrogate's book will be limited to 142 mares.