Alan Porter analysis for Cross Traffic
Grade one winning miler Cross Traffic defeated such as Mucho Macho Man, Fort Larned, Flat Out, Alpha, Swagger Jack and Fed Biz in graded stakes competition. By Unbridled’s Song – who already has six individual grade one siring sons – Cross Traffic is out of multiple grade one winning speedster Stop Traffic.
The distaff side of Cross Traffic’s pedigree means that he is free of many of the strains that have proved successful under Unbridled’s Song and his sons. The most prolific of these has been the cross with Storm Cat linemares that has provided 30 stakes winners. In addition to Storm Cat himself, Unbridled’s Song and his sons have sired stakes winners out of mares by Tale of the Cat ( and his son Lion Heart), Forestry, Forest Wildcat (sire of Wildcat Heir), Tabasco Cat, Hennessy (sire of Johannesburg and Cactus Ridge – both broodmare sires of Unbridled’s Song stakes winners – and Henny Hughes; grandsire of Scat Daddy), Catienus, Menifee (by Harlan, also the sire of Harlan’s Holiday), Giant’s Causeway (a brother to Freud, and sire of First Samurai) and Storm Creek. The Storm Cat strain might also be brought in through Stormy Atlantic, Stormin Fever, Bernstein, Pure Prize, Storm Boot, Yankee Gentleman and Sea of Secrets. Unbridled’s Song also has a grade one winner out of a mare by Summer Squall (a Storm Bird son bred on the same cross as Storm Cat), and a grade one winner out of a mare by Storm Bird son, Ocean Storm.
Storm Cat is a Northern Dancer line stallion, and Unbridled’s Song and sons have also enjoyed considerable success with several other branches of Northern Dancer. There is a trio of grade one winners from the Unbridled’s Song line out of mares by Deputy Minister and sons, broodmare sires of stakes winners on this cross including Awesome Again (sire of Ghostzapper), Touch Gold, Dehere, Salt Lake, French Deputy and Service Stripe, and this line could also be brought in through Silver Deputy (sire of Posse), Forest Camp and Deputy Commander. There are several other branches of Northern Dancer that have produced stakes the dams of stakes winners for Unbridled's Song and his sons. From the Danzig branch Chief's Crown, Polish Numbers, Belong to Me, Langfuhr and Pine Bluff all appear as broodmare sires of Unbridled’s Song line stakes winners, which suggests also trying daughters of young Danzig line stallions War Front (who is particularly appealing here), Exchange Rate and Hard Spun. From the Dixieland Band line there are stakes winners out of mares Citidancer and his son Disco Rico, and Dixieland Band is also sire of Dixie Union, Dixie Brass and Chimes Band. There are also Unbridled’s Song line stakes winners out of mares descending from Northern Dancer in male line via Sadler's Wells (sire of El Prado, and grandsire of Medaglia d’Oro, Kitten’s Joy and Artie Schiller), Lyphard and Nijinsky II (who can be brought in through Royal Academy and his brother Encino, Shadeed, Alydeed, Seattle Dancer, Sky Classic and Strawberry Road). From the Icecapade branch of the Nearctic (sire of Northern Dancer) line, Unbridled's Song is sire of the brilliant Zensational out of a mare by Phone Trick (by Clever Trick), a horse who is also broodmare sire of a grade one winner by Unbridled’s Song’s sire, Unbridled.
Given that he is a grandson of Fappiano, the success of Unbridled's Song and his sons with mares carrying In Reality (giving a double of the influential sire, Rough' n Tumble, who is duplicated in Cross Traffic through Dr. Fager) was no surprise. From this line, Unbridled's Song has grade one winners out of mares by Valid Appeal (sire of Successful Appeal, Valid Expectations and Valid Wager) and Taylor's Falls; a graded stakes winner out of a mare by In Reality himself; a graded stakes winner out a mare by Know Fact, and two stakes winners out of mares descending from In Reality through Relaunch (who can be found through Tiznow – who is already broodmare sire of an Unbridled’s Song line graded stakes winner – Honour and Glory, Skywalker, Bertrando, Officer and Cee’s Tizzy), and there is a grade one winner by a son of Unbridled’s Song out of a mare by In Reality son Kyle’s Our Man. Unbridled's Song's grade one winner, Political Force is out of a mare, by Glitterman, and is inbred to In Reality, once through a sister to Relaunch.
Unbridled enjoyed a strong affinity with mares by Caro, Unbridled's Song being an example of that cross. In turn, Unbridled's Song has a grade one winner out of a mare by Dr. Carter (a son of Caro) and a graded stakes winner out of a mare by Siberian Express (by a son of Caro), and his son, Songandaprayer, sired a graded stakes winner out of a mare by Caro son With Approval. Other good sources of Caro would be Cozzene (sire of Mizzen Mast and Alphabet Soup), In Excess and his son Indian Charlie, and Tejano (broodmare sire of a stakes winner by a son of Unbridled's Song). Caro is a Nasrullah line stallion, and from the Naskra branch of that line, Unbridled's Song has an excellent strike rate with mares by Olympio.
The cross of Unbridled's Song with mares descending from Blushing Groom, has produced stakes winners out of mares by Mt. Livermore and his sons, Housebuster, Orientate and Peaks and Valleys, Rahy (broodmare sire of a graded stakes winner by Unbridled) and Runaway Groom (sire of Cherokee Run).
A great-grandson of Mr. Prospector (by Raise a Native), Unbridled's Song has enjoyed success when bred back over mares from a wide variety of branches of the Raise a Native line. These include grade one winners Songandaprayer (out of a mare by Premiership, a son of Exclusive Native, and a stakes winner out of a mare by another son of that horse, Affirmed), Marylebone (out of a mare by Wavering Monarch, from the Majestic Prince line), and a stakes winner out of a mare by Alydar.
Unbridled's Song and his sons have also begun to find success when bred back over mares from their own Mr. Prospector sire line, with successful branches including Gone West, via Mr. Greeley (broodmare sire of an Unbridled’s Song line grade one winner) and his son El Corredor and West By West (broodmare sire of an Unbridled’s Song stakes winner), with other sources including Grand Slam, Elusive Quality, Speightstown and Proud Citizen; Forty Niner through Distorted Humor (who can be found through Flower Alley, Any Given Saturday and Sharp Humor), Trippi, Tactical Advangtage, Luhuk and Gold Case; Lemon Drop Kid (by Kingmambo); Norquestor (by Conquistador Cielo, also sire of Marquetry and grandsire of Artax); Smart Strike (broodmare sire of a grade one winner by a son of Unbridled's Song); Machiavellian (sire of Street Cry and grandsire of Street Sense); Miswaki (sire of Black Tie Affair and grandsire of Formal Gold); Seeking the Gold (including a stakes winner out of a mare by Mutakddim, and also available through Petionville and Cape Town); and Fusaichi Pegasus.
From the Hail to Reason line, the strain of Halo, strongly appeals here and has already appeared in the broodmare sire line of Unbridled’s Song line stakes winners via his sons Southern Halo (sire of More Than Ready) and Devil's Bag (sire of Devil His Due, Diablo and Abaginone), himself a brother to Saint Ballado, the sire of Saint Liam, Captain Bodgit, Sweetsouthernsaint and Yankee Victor). Another Hail to Reason source, Roberto has enjoyed success through Red Ransom, Dynaformer, Lear Fan and Kris S. There are also Unbridled's Song line stakes winners out of mares from the Turn-to line descending from Bates Motel, Lord Avie, Drone and Proud Birdie.
Unbridled’s Song sired a grade one winner out of a mare by Seattle Slew, and from mares by Seattle Slew sons Avenue of Flags and A.P. Indy, a Champion Two-Year-Old, and a classic performer, who was subsequently Leading Freshman Sire. Unbridled’s Song and his sons also have stakes winners out of mares descending from Seattle Slew through Boston Harbor and his sire Capote, Vindication and Chief Seattle. From the A.P. Indy branch there are two stakes winners by his sons out mares by A.P. Indy son Pulpit (indicating that Mineshaft, Malibu Moon, Congrats and Flatter – all bred on the same cross as Pulpit – or Sky Mesa and Tapit, sons of Pulpit, could also be considered).