Set Them Free, the dam of 2005 Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo and Grade 1 winner Tiago, died Tuesday at age 28.
The Stop the Music mare was bred in Kentucky by Racetime, Inc., and she was purchased by trainer Brian Mayberry on behalf of Jerry and Ann Moss for $45,000 at the 1992 Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-olds in training sale at Calder Race Course. She won the Debutante Breeders' Cup Stakes at Bay Meadows later that year, and made her only start away from the west coast in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Gulfstream Park, where she finished 11th. Set Them Free returned to Santa Anita Park to finish the season with a win in the Pasadena Stakes.
Set Them Free continued to have a presence on the California circuit through age five, winning the Very Subtle Handicap and Eloquent Handicap at Hollywood Park. She retired with five wins in 12 starts for earnings of $173,275.
Set Them Free resided at Mill Ridge Farm in Lexington, Ky., as a broodmare. Her first runner of note was Sea Jewel, by Sea Hero, who was G2-placed. Her next foal was Giacomo, a son of Holy Bull who was carried to term in the midst of the Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome that decimated Kentucky's foal crop in 2002.
Future foals out of the mare included Tiago, by Pleasant Tap, winner of the G1 Santa Anita Derby, and the Empire Maker filly Stanwyck, who became a G3 winner. Stanwyck later sold for $2.4 million at the 2014 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
“Giacomo became the first Kentucky Derby winner foaled and raised by Mill Ridge Farm, and Set Them Free will forever be remembered by those who loved her,” said Headley Bell of Mill Ridge in a statement.
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