- Glorious Song
Thoroughbred racehorse infobox
horsename = Glorious Song
sire = Halo
Hail To Reason
dam = Ballade
damsire = Herbager
foaled = 1976
colour = Bay
E. P. Taylor
Frank Stronach& Nelson Bunker Hunt
Fred H. Loschke Gerry Belanger(1980)
John Cairns (1981)
record = 34: 17-9-1
earnings = $1,004,534
Canadian Maturity Stakes(1979) Maple Leaf Stakes(1979) Dominion Day Stakes(1980, 1981) La Canada Stakes(1980) Santa Margarita Handicap(1980) Top Flight Handicap(1980) Michigan Mile And One-Eighth Handicap(1980) Spinster Stakes(1981) Santa Maria Handicap(1981)
awards= Canadian Champion Older Female Horse (1980, 1981)
United States Champion Older Female Horse (1980)
Canadian Horse of the Year (1980)
Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame(1995) Glorious Song Stakesat Woodbine Racetrack
updated= July 1, 2007
Glorious Song (1976-2003) was a Hall of Fame
Thoroughbredracehorse who was a Champion in Canada and the United States and who became an important broodmare. Bred by the prominent horseman E. P. Taylorat his Windfields Farmin Oshawa, Ontario, she was sired by Halo and out of the mare Ballade who would also produce U.S. Champion Devil's Bag.
Part of Windfields' annual consignment of yearlings to the
Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Societysale at Woodbine Racetrack, Glorious Song was purchased for $36,000 by local businessman Frank Stronachwho at the time was just beginning to build a very successful Thoroughbred racing stable.
Fred H. Loschke, at age two Glorious Song won her only start in impressive fashion that prompted Texasbusinessman, Nelson Bunker Huntto purchase a half-interest in her. In 1979 the three-year-old filly won five significant stakes races at Woodbine Racetrack and the following year she was never out of the money in all of her eleven starts. The dominant horse in Canada, and the top racing mare in the United States, her 1980 wins included the first of two consecutive Dominion Day Stakesat Woodbine Racetrack then under new trainer Gerry Belangershe raced in the United States where her coast-to-coast wins included the Top Flight Handicapat New York's Aqueduct Racetrack, the Michigan Mile And One-Eighth Handicapat Detroit Racecourse, and the La Canada Stakesand Santa Margarita Handicapat California's Santa Anita Park.
Glorious Song's 1980 performances included three consecutive Grade 1 wins and victories over some of the top male horses on the continent. As well, she ran second to future Hall of Fame inductee and
Kentucky Derby/ Preakness Stakeswinner Spectacular Bidin the 1980 Haskell Invitational Handicapand earned another second against males in the Marlboro Cup. She was voted 1980 United States Champion Older Female Horse and Canadian Champion Older Female Horse, as well as the Canadian Horse of the Year title.
In 1981, Glorious Song was assigned to trainer John Cairns. Although her 1981 racing season was hampered by various problems, she still earned a second-place finish in the
Beldame Stakes, won the Grade 1 Santa Maria Handicapat Santa Anita Park as well as her second Dominion Day Stakes in which she set a Woodbine track record for a mile and one-eighth. That year, her career earnings topped the $1million figure, the first for a Canadian Thoroughbred racehorse. She earned her second straight Sovereign Award for Champion Older Female Horse.
A champion on the track, Glorious Song proved equally as successful as a
broodmare. She notably produced the Blushing Groomcolt Rahyby whom she became the granddam of U.S. Racing Hall of Fame filly, Serena's Songand 2001 European Horse of the Year, Fantastic Light. In addition, Glorious Song is one of the few Champion females to produce another Champion female when she birthed Singspiel by In The Wings. Singspiel was voted the 1996 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Male Turf Horseand scored Grade I victories on three continents including the Canadian International Stakes, Japan Cup, Dubai World Cup, Coronation Cup, and International Stakes.
* [http://www.pedigreequery.com/glorious+song Glorious Song's pedigree and partial racing stats]
* [http://www.brisnet.com/cgi-bin/editorial/article.cgi?id=3555 Historical Cameo on Glorious Song by Kellie Reilly at Brisnet.com]
* [http://www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com/thoroughbred/1995/Glorious_Song.asp Glorious Song at the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame]
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