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A Glorious Songbook

1980 Canadian Horse Of The Year

Glorious Song, a member of North America’s Racing Hall Of Fame, was purchased by Frank Stronach for $36.000 as a yearling. She went on to earn more than $1 million and she notched up four official awards, including Horse Of The Year in Canada in 1980, writes Sarah Whitelaw.

Glorious Song – glorious days!

Five of Glorious Song’s seventeen victories enjoyed Gr1 status at one time or another.

She left behind a host of notable descendants, and inbreeding to this matriarch is becoming increasingly successful. Recent Gr3 Endeavour Stakes winner Isabella Sings (Eskendereya) is just one of a number of high class performers who carry multiple strains in her pedigree.

Isabella Sings, whose fourth dam is Glorious Song, has won 8 of 20 outings with four of her wins coming in graded stakes. Due to visit Uncle Mo in her first year at stud in 2017, she is one of just four graded stakes winners for her sire Eskendereya (Giant’s Causeway), who now stands in Japan.

Other notables inbred to Glorious Song include Gr3 Navarra King (Lope De Vega), Gr1 July Cup runner-up Suedois (Le Havre) and Brazilian Gr1 performer Donna Di Dubai (Emirates To Dubai).

Inbreeding through Glorious Song’s son Rahy (by Blushing Groom) resulted in the classic winner Alex Rossi (Freud) and group winners Arnold Lane (Footstepsinthesand), Puissance De Lune (Shamardal), and Steip Amach (Vocalised).

The great Halo

A daughter of Halo, Glorious Song is full-sister to US champion 2yo Devil’s Bag, sire of more than 40 stakes winners and broodmare sire of sire Orpen and US Champion Sire Saint Ballado. It was a case of what might have been for Saint Ballado, who died at the age of 13 but left behind US champions Saint Liam and Ashado in an all too brief stud career.

A full-sister to Glorious Song, Angelic Song, produced Gr1 Hollywood Turf Cup winner Sligo Bay (Sadler’s Wells), sire of Canadian Horse Of The Year Lexie Lou.

Retired to stud in 1982, Glorious Song (who lived to the age of 27) left behind five stakes horses, notably champion and multiple Gr1 winner Singspiel (In The Wings). The sire of nearly 100 stakes winners, Singspiel’s top offspring include Solow, Lahudood and Lateral, and he is broodmare sire of 2016 Gr1 winning Wuheida (Prix Marcel Boussac) and Limato (Darley July Cup), as well as Australian sire Helmet (Exceed And Excel). In his first crop Helmet got 2yo Gr1 winner Thunder Snow, who won the Gr3 UAE 2000 Guineas at Meydan in his first start as a 3yo.

As good a sire as Singspiel was, his half-brother Rahy (Blushing Groom) was better. He left behind a slew of high class performers, headed by champions Serena’s Song, Fantastic Light, Noverre (sire of leading French sire Le Havre), Dreaming Of Anna, and Rio De La Plata.

Rahy’s daughters have produced over 130 stakes winners to date.

They include Horse Of The Year and triple US champion sire Giant’s Causeway (Storm Cat), successful sire Posse, Gr1 winners Sophisticat (Storm Cat), After Market (Storm Cat), Courageous Cat (Storm Cat), Declaration Of War (War Front) and Megahertz (Pivotal).

Rahy is also found in the pedigree of 2000 Guineas winner Gleneagles, his Irish 1000 Guineas winning own sister Marvellous, US champion Honor Code and half brother Noble Tune (whose first crop are yearlings in SA).

Jet MasterJet Master – by Rakeen

Glorious Song made her mark in South Africa through her son Rakeen (Northern Dancer), whose Gr1 winners include Horse Of The Year and seven-time Gr1 champion sire Jet Master.

The latter is sire of young sires Pomodoro (first crop are yearlings) and Master Of My Fate (first crop are foals), and is damsire of Cape Derby winner Edict Of Nantes (Count Dubois).

Rakeen is broodmare sire of multiple Equus Champion Princess Victoria (Victory Moon) and Gr1 winning sprinter Far De Vie (Fard).

Rakeen’s half-brothers Rahy and Singspiel left their mark in South Africa as well, with Rahy siring smart stayer Golden Oasis and Singspiel the high class stakes winners Potala Palace (first crop are yearlings in SA), Polzeath and Candy Singer.

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  1. I have rarely seen a more talented filly than Glorious Song. She would gallop faster than most horses ran in the afternoon. When I saw her go 6 furlongs on dirt one morning in less than 1:10, I tried to buy her, but was outbid by Nelson Bunker Hunt. Frank Stronach was fairly new in the business in those days and he sold her. He would never have done that later on. She was trained by a jockey agent who had little understanding of what he had. She was as fluid a mover as one would ever want to see. Her sire Halo was a typically coarse representative of his sire line, but Glorious Song had a feminine head, yet a strong, muscular body.

    1. Responding to – Barry Irwin, as a bloodstock agent, has been marginally involved with many hundreds of horses, but may not have seen Glorious Song when she raced in 1980. Certainly, when he said I had no talent as a trainer, he did not see my record for that great Eclipse award year at Santa Anita racetrack and where the horses I trained, and only totaling six, won three stake races in a month. This long past accomplishment has never been equaled by any Canadian trainer. Glorious Song,bred at E.P. Taylor’s Windfields Farm in Canada, won two grade 1stakes at Santa Anita in 1980,the Santa Margarita and the a Canada, and another excellent horse, Corvette Chris, a Canadian homebred gelding owned by breeder Ed Seedhouse, won the prestigious Santa Anita sprint stake, the Baldwin – which incidentally, is named after Santa Anita founder ‘lucky Baldwin’. Now however, I see the great trainers of today, training hundreds of horses. Also in 1980, and Barry Irwin perhaps unaware ofthis fact, when Glorious Song was voted the high-weight mare in America, Iwas privileged to train the graded stake winning Canadian champion, Rainbow Connection, a filly purchased at the Woodbine sale and then voted the second high-weighted 2 year old filly in America by racing form handicappers.
      Important too, I participated in the purchase of Glorious Song,where, at the 1977 sale, I was with Frank Stronach and farm manager Paul Johnson when we selected the filly. Sired by Halo out of Ballade, Glorious Song was number 142 in the Woodbine sale book. Substantiating this claim, l have the Woodbine sale book and the filly’s pedigree marked with my comment – fairly nice – good legs. And certainly, luck was involved in these occasions. Still, if this rebuttal is forwarded to bloodstock agent, Barry Irwin, that perhaps Idid have some talent as a trainer.

      Thank you for your continued interest, Gerry.

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