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Prolific sire Unbridled's Song dead

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Unbridled's Song, the son of 1990 Kentucky Derby winner Unbridled who went on to capture a Breeders' Cup race and become a prolific sire, died Friday. He was 20.

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Taylor Made Stallions, where the horse stood his entire career, said in a statement a large and inoperable mass was discovered in his sinus cavities and around the optic nerves. The horse began showing acute neurological symptoms Thursday and was euthanized.

``Unbridled's Song was one of those great horses,'' Taylor Made President and CEO Duncan Taylor said. ``He had it all - looks, pedigree, speed, and presence. Our team loved him from the beginning.''

Unbridled's Song sired 730 winners from more than 1,000 starters, the farm said.

As a 2-year-old, Unbridled's Song won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. The next year, he won the Florida Derby and Wood Memorial. He was the 7-2 favorite in the 1996 Kentucky Derby but finished fifth while another Unbridled colt, Grindstone, was first.

Unbridled's Song earned $1,311,800 before retiring to stud in 1997.

Taylor Made said Unbridled's Song's $298,118 lifetime yearling average is best among all North American sires and third all-time in North America among sires by gross yearling sales with $198,844,653 in gross sales.

He sired 100 stakes winners, including 45 graded stakes winners and 15 Grade I winners, and at least one Grade I winner for 12 consecutive years.

Unbridled's Song also has three Breeders' Cup winners: 2010 Ladies' Classic winner Unrivaled Belle, 2001 Distaff winner Unbridled Elaine and 2008 Juvenile winner Midshipman, the Eclipse champion 2-year-old colt that year.

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