Obituary: Champion racehorse and sire Unbridled's Song, 20, had to be euthanized after discovery of an inoperable, aggressive mass that was inside his sinus cavities and around his optical nerves. His health was declining rapidly.
Unbridled's Song burst on the scene in 1995 when he sold for $1.4 million at the Barretts March sale, a world-record price for a horse at a 2-year-olds in training sale. But buyer Hiroshi Fujita would back out of the sale because he said his veterinarian detected a bone chip in the colt's left front ankle. Seller Ernie Pargallo and consignor Taylor Made would dispute that diagnosis, but Paragallo also would say he welcomed the opportunity to race the promising son of 1990 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Unbridled.
Paragallo, working with bloodstock agent Buzz Chace, landed Unbridled's Song for $200,000 at the 1994 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga August yearling select sale.
On the track, Unbridled's Song would quickly deliver, winning the 1995 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Belmont Park. He would continue that success at 3, winning the Florida Derby (gr. I) and Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. II) before finishing fifth in the Kentucky Derby, where he raced with a sore left front foot.
Trained by Jim Ryerson for most of his career, he then finished second in the Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park and skipped the final two Triple Crown legs. Unbridled's Song made his final two career starts for trainer Nick Zito, going out with a victory in the 1997 Olympic Handicap at Gulfstream Park.