Leading Texas Stallion My Golden Song Dies at Age 19

(PRESS RELEASE/Denis Blake — Pilot Point, TX)

Texas stallion My Golden Song died on Saturday of natural causes at Valor Farm in Pilot Point, Texas. The son of Unbridled’s Song was 19.

My Golden Song — Valor Farm Photo

A model of consistency as a stallion, My Golden Song was Texas’ leading freshman sire in 2011 and perennially ranked among the top five sires in the state for the following decade. He sired two Texas-bred graded stakes winners: Thegirlinthatsong and Fiftyshadesofgold.

“I called him ‘Big Gray,’ said Valor Farm General Manager, Donny Denton. “He was a very imposing individual from the first day he stepped off the van here at the farm. He was extremely well-balanced, big and strong. That carried over into his offspring. It was truly a pleasure to be with him through his career. He will be missed by everyone here at Valor Farm.”

Thegirlinthatsong earned $480,195 during a career highlighted by a victory in the Grade 2 La Canada Stakes and a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Santa Margarita Stakes, both at Santa Anita. She also earned a stakes win in her home state at Lone Star Park.

Fiftyshadesofgold earned $420,531 in nine starts with wins in the Debutante Stakes and Grade 3 Eight Belles Stakes at Churchill Downs. She also had a stakes win in Texas at Sam Houston Race Park, and she finished fourth, beaten just over a length, in the Grade 1 Test Stakes at Saratoga. Fiftyshadesofgold was a true Texas-bred, as the 2014 Texas Horse of the Year was out of the Texas-bred mare Hadif Cat, who was a daughter of longtime leading Texas stallion and former Valor Farm resident Hadif.

Through August 8, My Golden Song was on the verge of surpassing $9 million in total progeny earnings. He is represented by 16 stakes winners and 32 stakes horses.

Undefeated in two starts as a 2-year-old, My Golden Song placed in two stakes as a 3-year-old, including a third-place finish behind eventual Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro in the Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes.