Songbird to be Bred to Arrogate in 2018
Daughter of Medaglia d'Oro recently purchased by Mandy Pope for $9.5 million.
By Mary LaRue, The Blood-Horse
In deciding the first mating for nine-time grade 1 winner Songbird, a careful evaluation of pedigree and conformation pointed to Juddmonte Farm's champion 3-year-old colt Arrogate as the best fit.
After a racing career that consisted of 13 victories from 15 starts, with her only two losses still amounting to second-place finishes, the daughter of Medaglia d'Oro was recently purchased at the Fasig-Tipton November sale by Whisper Hill Farm owner Mandy Pope for $9.5 million. As first reported Nov. 20 by Thoroughbred Daily News, Pope and her team sorted through several potential matings but kept coming back to Arrogate.
"We all love Arrogate," said Wayne Sweezey of Timber Town Stable, who manages Pope's mares and foals. "(Pope) loved Arrogate when he was racing. She loved the horse. He fit (Songbird) genetically."
"We looked at Pioneerof the Nile and we thought about Pioneerof the Nile very hard, but we kept circling back around to Arrogate. (Mandy) loves Unbridled's Song and we're hoping Arrogate is the horse that will perpetuate (his) legacy," he added.
Songbird is the only graded stakes winner out of the West Acre mare Ivanavinalot so far. Ivanavinalot, a grade 2 stakes winner, has three unraced younger siblings to Songbird, including a 2017 filly by American Pharoah.
Arrogate had a remarkable run in 2016-17 when he swept three of the world's premier grade/group 1 events—the Breeders' Cup Classic, the Dubai World Cup Sponsored By Emirates Airline, and the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes. Now North America's leading racehorse by earnings with $17,422,600 in the bank, Arrogate will stand for $75,000.
Sweezey said Pope intends to breed the two-time champion Songbird to Gainesway's leading sire Tapit next year.