Pin Oak's Stalwart Sire Broken Vow Dies at 25

Pin Oak’s Stalwart Sire Broken Vow Dies at 25

Pin Oak Stud’s stock stallion, Broken Vow, died of natural causes on September 3 at his birthplace, the farm founded by late owner/breeder Josephine Abercrombie. He was 25 years old.

The Unbridled son of Nijinsky II winner Wedding Vow, also a Pin Oak homebred, has won or placed in six graded stakes and captured three ungraded stakes in 14 starts.

Trained by Graham Motion, Broken Vow won the Philip H. Iselin Handicap (G2) and Ben Ali Stakes (G3), finished second in the Meadowlands Cup Handicap (G2) and Fayette Stakes (G3) and finished third in the Gulfstream Park Handicap . (G1) and Massachusetts Handicap (G3), all in 2001, before retiring to stud with $725,296 in earnings.

“He was an incredibly influential horse on my career and was probably my first ‘big’ horse,” Motion said. “I’m so happy to have been able to visit him in his field last spring. He was a happy horse enjoying his retirement. It really is the end of an era.”

Broken Vow lasted about 20 years at Pin Oak and retired to the top 25 North American bulls with a career 15% black type performer from the start.

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He sired 81 black-type winners worldwide and six champions, including the 2016 Eclipse Champion, 2-year-old filly Champagne Room who won the 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) in 2016.

His other five ranked winners/groups included millionaire Beautiful unbridled , sassy picture , Cotton flower , Rosalind and Emerging talents. Broken Vow was also a distinguished broodmare sire whose daughters produced 41 black type winners, including 10 classified/group winners and four champions. He is the broodmare sire of the 2015 Eclipse champion sprinter, millionaire and top 10 third generation sire Run happy .

“Words cannot express the loss of Broken Vow for everyone here at Pin Oak,” said longtime manager Clifford Barry. “We have been with him from birth to bud, his races and his career as a stallion.

“As we reflect on the many fond memories he left us, how we cheered him on in the royal blue and gray Pin Oak silks, and cheered even louder for his offspring as if they were our own and for the loyal breeders who supported him. He was a very special horse to be around – intelligent, elegant and with a tremendous drive to succeed. And if he could have spoken, he would have thanked the vets and grooms who nursed him through his life. . Abercrombie’s program that he’s spent his whole life here on the farm. I know she’s gonna give him sugar again.”

Abercrombie died on January 5 at age 95 at her home in Pin Oak.

Broken Vow will be buried alongside other former Pin Oak stallions Sky Classic, Peaks and Valleys and Maria’s Mon.

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