Sing Baby Sing sires his first two stakes winners on consecutive days for owner-breeder Durant
By Mark Simon, DRF
Texan Tom Durant has been an owner of racehorses for some three decades, and he’s also been noted for his fast juveniles.
The resident of Granbury, Tx., took that show on the road to Prairie Meadows in Iowa, winning the $65,000 Prairie Gold Lassie on July 28 with Grandma’s Princess and the $65,000 Prairie Gold Juvenile on July 29 with Raise the Rumor, both Texas homebreds, both by his former racehorse Sing Baby Sing, and both trained by Randy Morse. Those are the first two stakes winners for Sing Baby Sing, whose oldest foals are 4.
Raise the Rumors, a 2-year-old gelding by Sing Baby Sing out of the Not for Love mare Loveyasister, won the Prairie Gold Juvenile by a neck over the Lemon Drop Kid colt Warrior’s Kid, his second win in three starts and first stakes win. Favored Envoyer, by freshman sire Astrology, was third.
Durant, 66, the largest Chevrolet and GM auto dealer in the nation with dealerships based in Dallas, had purchased Maryland Million Oaks third-place finisher Loveyasister for $75,000 at the 2009 Keeneland November breeding stock sale in foal to Tale of the Cat. The resultant foal, her first, never raced. Raise the Rumors is her fourth foal.
Grandma’s Princess, a 2-year-old filly by Sing Baby Sing out of the Caller I. D. mare Secret I. D., won the Prairie Gold Lassie by a half-length over favored Country Candy (by Intimidator), with Christina’s Comet (by Successful Appeal) third. She, too, was winning for the second time in three starts, and her first stakes.
Durant had purchased Secret I. D. as a weanling for $7,500 at the Fasig-Tipton Texas December mixed sale. She never raced. Grandma’s Princess is her ninth foal, and second stakes winner.
Sing Baby Sing, a son of Unbridled’s Song out of Roll Over Baby, by Rollin On Over, was campaigned by Durant and trained by Jack Bruner. Durant purchased Sing Baby Sing for $80,000 at the 2005 Fasig-Tipton Florida March 2-year-olds in training sale, after the colt was bought back for $475,000 after failing to meet his reserve at the 2004 Saratoga selected yearling sale. He is a full brother to listed stakes winner Value Plus, who was second in the 2004 Florida Derby, and a half-brother to Grade 3 Hollywood Prevue Stakes winner Roll Hennessy Roll and Hollywood Park stakes winner Majorbigtimesheet.
Sing Baby Sing won eight of 22 starts, earning $485,060, while racing from ages 2 through 7. At age 5 in 2008, he won the Grade 3 Phoenix Stakes at Keeneland. A year earlier, he won the Remington Park Sprint Championship at Remington Park and the Bob Johnson Memorial at Lone Star, the latter home track for Durant.
Durant retired Sing Baby Sing to stud at Lane’s End Texas for the 2011 breeding season for a fee of $2,500, and he stood there for five years before moving to Doubletree Farm in New Mexico for the 2016 season, for a fee of $2,000.
Sing Baby Sing has 69 foals in his first three crops of racing age, and he has sired 44 starters and 32 winners. He has 18 2-year-olds.