In The Stud Presented By Kentucky Equine Research: Bird Song, First Weanlings Of 2019

In a year of remembrance for the late Marylou Whitney, a tribute to her program’s success on the track and in the breeding shed can be seen this fall every time a weanling from the first crop of Bird Song walks through the ring.

Bird Song, a 6-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song, raced as a homebred for Whitney, the same as his dam, the champion Bird Town. On this episode of In The Stud, Michael Hernon of Gainesway discusses the stallion’s race record and the family influences that had a hand in sculpting his physical.

Bird Song won five of 14 starts during his on-track career for earnings of $512,707, highlighted by victories in the Grade 2 Alysheba Stakes and G3 Fred W. Hooper Stakes.

When he retired to Gainesway in Lexington, Ky., for the 2018 breeding season, Bird Song joined the same roster as one of the crown jewels of the Whitney program – Belmont Stakes winner Birdstone. The two share a common family tie through the aforementioned Cape Town mare Bird Town, Bird Song’s dam and Birdstone’s half-sister.

The In The Stud series, put together by our friends at EquiSport Photos, features up-and-coming names in the stallion ranks, with a focus on those whose first foals are weanlings of 2019. Paulick Report bloodstock editor Joe Nevills interviews farm staff about the stallion’s appealing qualities and what mares might work best with him, while giving viewers and potential breeders a chance to see the stallion on the walk and on the racetrack.

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