Always Dreaming

Bodemeister - Above Perfection,
by
In Excess (IRE), 2014 DK/B

2-time Derby winner from the Unbridled sire line

From the first crop of brilliant WinStar stallion Bodemeister, Always Dreaming represents four straight generations of a sire line that finished first or second in the Kentucky Derby.

A winner of more than $2.4 million in his stellar career, Always Dreaming dominated the spring Triple Crown prep season on the East Coast, and in his final Kentucky Derby [G1] prep, turned in the fastest Florida Derby [G1] win in nearly 40 years. A month later, he validated that victory with his valiant win in the Run for the Roses.

Now he is set to make his mark as the latest stallion in the dominant Unbridled sire line.

Always Dreaming - 2-time Derby winner from the Unbridled sire line
Always Dreaming Overview
  • Won the Kentucky Derby [G1] by 2 ¾ lengths as the favorite in his first start over an off track
  • Won the Florida Derby [G1] by 5 lengths in the fastest time of the race since ALYDAR in 1978: 1:47.47— faster than leading stallions Quality Road, Scat Daddy, Empire Maker, etc. Less than ¾ of a second off of Arrogate's track record
  • Multi-millionaire — retired with over $2.4 million in earnings
  • Broke his maiden by an eye-popping 11 ½ lengths in his 3-year-old debut
  • Son of leading third-crop sire BODEMEISTER, commanding winner of the Arkansas Derby [G1] and early Kentucky Derby favorite
  • $350,000 Keeneland September Book 1 yearling, purchased by leading bloodstock agent Steven Young
  • Out of the tough and lightning fast G1-placed ABOVE PERFECTION, by In Excess (IRE)
  • Half-brother to Spinaway S. [G1] winner HOT DIXIE CHICK, already the dam of a multiple stakes winner
  • Complete outcross in his first four generations

Always Dreaming has every chance to continue his remarkable sire line. His sire Bodemeister was the #1 Second-Crop Sire of 2017 and already has 20 stakes horses to his credit. Bodemeister is by the breed-shaping Empire Maker, sire of more than 100 stakes horses and the earners of over $95 million.

Always Dreaming was well-regarded well before his racing career, selling for $350,000 at the 2015 Keeneland September Yearling sale. Joining the Todd Pletcher barn late in his 2-year-old season, he burst on the 3-year-old scene in January with an eye-popping 11 1/2-length maiden win, the easily captured a Gulfstream Park allowance. Facing stakes company for the first time in the Florida Derby [G1], the dark bay colt turned in a scintillating performance, winning by five lengths in 1:47 2/5, the fastest time since Alydar in 1978.

His incredible Spring culminated with a 2 3/4-length win in the Kentucky Derby [G1] in his first start over an off track.

"Always Dreaming has all three things we look for: Looks; he was a $350,000 yearling; Pedigree; he is out of a fast, grade 1-level race mare and is a half to a grade 1 winner; and Performance; he's a brilliantly fast winner of two prestigious grade 1 races"
- WinStar president/CEO Elliott Walden

"When you look at what he's done this year, to win his first two races by open lengths and to win the Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby by the margins he did, it's pretty rare that you see that."
- trainer Todd Pletcher

Age Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earned
2 2 0 1 1 $24,100
3 7 4 0 1 $2,320,600
4 2 0 1 0 $71,160
Totals 11 4 2 2 $2,415,860

2nd at 2

  • A maiden special weight at Saratoga (6 furlongs, by a neck, defeating Driven to Compete, Rockshaw, Fastlanefrontman, Summer Causeway, Killybegs Captain, Union Riches, Unstabled)

Won at 3

  • Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs (G1, 10 furlongs, by 2 ¾ lengths, defeating Lookin At Lee, Battle of Midway, Classic Empire, Practical Joke, Tapwrit, Gunnevera, McCracken, Gormley, Irish War Cry, Hence, Untrapped, Girvin, Patch, J Boys Echo, Sonneteer, Fast and Accurate, Irap, State of Honor, Thunder Snow (IRE)).
  • Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park (G1, 9 furlongs in 1:47.47, by 5 lengths, defeating State of Honor, Gunnevera, Impressive Edge, Three Rules, etc.).
  • An allowance race at Gulfstream Park (9 furlongs, by 4 lengths, defeating Charlie the Greek, Unbridled Holiday, Fire for Effect, etc.).
  • A maiden special weight at Gulfstream Park (8 furlongs, by 11 ½ lengths, defeating Watch Your Words, Cannavaro, Blue Moon Diamond, etc.)

3rd at 3

  • Jim Dandy S. at Saratoga (G3, 9 furlongs, to Good Samaritan, Giuseppe the Great, defeating Pavel, Cloud Computing).

2nd at 4

  • Hardacre Mile S. at Gulfstream Park (G2, 8 furlongs, to Conquest Big E, defeating Tommy Macho, Page McKenney, Mr. Jordan, Irish War Cry).

Printable Pedigree

(.pdf opens in new window)

Generational Pedigree

BODEMEISTER (USA)
b. 2009
EMPIRE MAKER (USA)
dkb/br. 2000
UNBRIDLED (USA)
b. 1987 [BI]
FAPPIANO (USA)
GANA FACIL (USA)
TOUSSAUD (USA)*
dkb/br. 1989
EL GRAN SENOR (USA)
IMAGE OF REALITY (USA)
UNTOUCHED TALENT (USA)
b. 2004
STORM CAT (USA)
br. 1983
STORM BIRD (CAN)
TERLINGUA (USA)
PARADE QUEEN (USA)
b. 1994
A.P. INDY (USA)
SPANISH PARADE (USA)
ABOVE PERFECTION (USA)
dkb/br. 1998
IN EXCESS (IRE)
br. 1987
SIBERIAN EXPRESS (USA)
gr. 1981
CARO (IRE)
INDIAN CALL (USA)
KANTADO (IRE)
b. 1976
SAULINGO (GB)
VI (GB)
SOMETHING PERFECT (USA)
b. 1980
SOMETHINGFABULOUS (USA)
dkb/br. 1972
NORTHERN DANCER (CAN)
SOMETHINGROYAL (USA)
HAPPENING (USA)
ch. 1967
TERRANG (USA)
LAZY MARY (USA)
courtesy of Pedigree Query

Always Dreaming News

Kentucky Derby Winner Always Dreaming Retires to WinStar Farm title=
Always Dreaming

Kentucky Derby Winner Always Dreaming Retires to WinStar Farm

Always Dreaming, winner of the 2017 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Florida Derby (G1), has been retired...

[read more]

Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming to stand at WinStar upon retirement title=

Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming to stand at WinStar upon retirement

WinStar Farm has entered into an agreement to acquire the breeding rights to 2017 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Florida Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming...

[read more]

Bodemeister colt is a “Dream” come true in Kentucky Derby (G1) 143 title=
Bodemeister

Bodemeister colt is a “Dream” come true in Kentucky Derby (G1) 143

Always Dreaming put on a terrific display over a wet race track in Saturday's $2 million Kentucky Derby (G1), winning the first leg of the Triple Crown by 2 3/4-lengths...

[read more]

Star Breeder of the Month: Santa Rosa Partners

Star Breeder of the Month: Santa Rosa Partners

Santa Rosa Partners is the breeder of up-and-coming 3-year-old colt Always Dreaming, who vaulted...

[read more]

<$--

Printable forms

Electronic Mare Submission

General Information - Please do not enter any links or the form will not be processed.
Name: (required)
Email: (required)
Phone: (required)
Organization:
Street Address:
City / State / Zip:
Comments:
Stallion(s) of interest:
Always Dreaming
Bodemeister
Carpe Diem
Commissioner
Congrats
Constitution
Daredevil
Distorted Humor
Exaggerator
Fed Biz
Gemologist
More Than Ready
Outwork
Overanalyze
Paynter
Pioneerof the Nile
Revolutionary
Speightster
Speightstown
Super Saver
Tiznow
Tourist

Download Printable forms

Mare Information
Mare Name: (required)
Age:
Sire:
Dam:
Status:
Previous Year Covering Sire:
Boarding Farm:
Produce History:
Subscribe to newsletter

Please Enter Text Exactly as Shown

Leave this empty:




--%>
  • Won the Kentucky Derby [G1] by 2 ¾ lengths as the favorite in his first start over an off track
  • Won the Florida Derby [G1] by 5 lengths in the fastest time of the race since ALYDAR in 1978: 1:47.47— faster than leading stallions Quality Road, Scat Daddy, Empire Maker, etc. Less than ¾ of a second off of Arrogate's track record
  • Multi-millionaire — retired with over $2.4 million in earnings
  • Broke his maiden by an eye-popping 11 ½ lengths in his 3-year-old debut
  • Son of leading third-crop sire BODEMEISTER, commanding winner of the Arkansas Derby [G1] and early Kentucky Derby favorite
  • $350,000 Keeneland September Book 1 yearling, purchased by leading bloodstock agent Steven Young
  • Out of the tough and lightning fast G1-placed ABOVE PERFECTION, by In Excess (IRE)
  • Half-brother to Spinaway S. [G1] winner HOT DIXIE CHICK, already the dam of a multiple stakes winner
  • Complete outcross in his first four generations

Always Dreaming has every chance to continue his remarkable sire line. His sire Bodemeister was the #1 Second-Crop Sire of 2017 and already has 20 stakes horses to his credit. Bodemeister is by the breed-shaping Empire Maker, sire of more than 100 stakes horses and the earners of over $95 million.

Always Dreaming was well-regarded well before his racing career, selling for $350,000 at the 2015 Keeneland September Yearling sale. Joining the Todd Pletcher barn late in his 2-year-old season, he burst on the 3-year-old scene in January with an eye-popping 11 1/2-length maiden win, the easily captured a Gulfstream Park allowance. Facing stakes company for the first time in the Florida Derby [G1], the dark bay colt turned in a scintillating performance, winning by five lengths in 1:47 2/5, the fastest time since Alydar in 1978.

His incredible Spring culminated with a 2 3/4-length win in the Kentucky Derby [G1] in his first start over an off track.

"Always Dreaming has all three things we look for: Looks; he was a $350,000 yearling; Pedigree; he is out of a fast, grade 1-level race mare and is a half to a grade 1 winner; and Performance; he's a brilliantly fast winner of two prestigious grade 1 races"
- WinStar president/CEO Elliott Walden

"When you look at what he's done this year, to win his first two races by open lengths and to win the Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby by the margins he did, it's pretty rare that you see that."
- trainer Todd Pletcher

Age Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earned
2 2 0 1 1 $24,100
3 7 4 0 1 $2,320,600
4 2 0 1 0 $71,160
Totals 11 4 2 2 $2,415,860

2nd at 2

  • A maiden special weight at Saratoga (6 furlongs, by a neck, defeating Driven to Compete, Rockshaw, Fastlanefrontman, Summer Causeway, Killybegs Captain, Union Riches, Unstabled)

Won at 3

  • Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs (G1, 10 furlongs, by 2 ¾ lengths, defeating Lookin At Lee, Battle of Midway, Classic Empire, Practical Joke, Tapwrit, Gunnevera, McCracken, Gormley, Irish War Cry, Hence, Untrapped, Girvin, Patch, J Boys Echo, Sonneteer, Fast and Accurate, Irap, State of Honor, Thunder Snow (IRE)).
  • Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park (G1, 9 furlongs in 1:47.47, by 5 lengths, defeating State of Honor, Gunnevera, Impressive Edge, Three Rules, etc.).
  • An allowance race at Gulfstream Park (9 furlongs, by 4 lengths, defeating Charlie the Greek, Unbridled Holiday, Fire for Effect, etc.).
  • A maiden special weight at Gulfstream Park (8 furlongs, by 11 ½ lengths, defeating Watch Your Words, Cannavaro, Blue Moon Diamond, etc.)

3rd at 3

  • Jim Dandy S. at Saratoga (G3, 9 furlongs, to Good Samaritan, Giuseppe the Great, defeating Pavel, Cloud Computing).

2nd at 4

  • Hardacre Mile S. at Gulfstream Park (G2, 8 furlongs, to Conquest Big E, defeating Tommy Macho, Page McKenney, Mr. Jordan, Irish War Cry).

Printable Pedigree

(.pdf opens in new window)

Generational Pedigree

BODEMEISTER (USA)
b. 2009
EMPIRE MAKER (USA)
dkb/br. 2000
UNBRIDLED (USA)
b. 1987 [BI]
FAPPIANO (USA)
GANA FACIL (USA)
TOUSSAUD (USA)*
dkb/br. 1989
EL GRAN SENOR (USA)
IMAGE OF REALITY (USA)
UNTOUCHED TALENT (USA)
b. 2004
STORM CAT (USA)
br. 1983
STORM BIRD (CAN)
TERLINGUA (USA)
PARADE QUEEN (USA)
b. 1994
A.P. INDY (USA)
SPANISH PARADE (USA)
ABOVE PERFECTION (USA)
dkb/br. 1998
IN EXCESS (IRE)
br. 1987
SIBERIAN EXPRESS (USA)
gr. 1981
CARO (IRE)
INDIAN CALL (USA)
KANTADO (IRE)
b. 1976
SAULINGO (GB)
VI (GB)
SOMETHING PERFECT (USA)
b. 1980
SOMETHINGFABULOUS (USA)
dkb/br. 1972
NORTHERN DANCER (CAN)
SOMETHINGROYAL (USA)
HAPPENING (USA)
ch. 1967
TERRANG (USA)
LAZY MARY (USA)
courtesy of Pedigree Query
Kentucky Derby Winner Always Dreaming Retires to WinStar Farm title=
Always Dreaming

Kentucky Derby Winner Always Dreaming Retires to WinStar Farm

Always Dreaming, winner of the 2017 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Florida Derby (G1), has been retired...

[read more]

Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming to stand at WinStar upon retirement title=

Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming to stand at WinStar upon retirement

WinStar Farm has entered into an agreement to acquire the breeding rights to 2017 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Florida Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming...

[read more]

Bodemeister colt is a “Dream” come true in Kentucky Derby (G1) 143 title=
Bodemeister

Bodemeister colt is a “Dream” come true in Kentucky Derby (G1) 143

Always Dreaming put on a terrific display over a wet race track in Saturday's $2 million Kentucky Derby (G1), winning the first leg of the Triple Crown by 2 3/4-lengths...

[read more]

Star Breeder of the Month: Santa Rosa Partners

Star Breeder of the Month: Santa Rosa Partners

Santa Rosa Partners is the breeder of up-and-coming 3-year-old colt Always Dreaming, who vaulted...

[read more]

Printable forms

Electronic Mare Submission

General Information - Please do not enter any links or the form will not be processed.
Name: (required)
Email: (required)
Phone: (required)
Organization:
Street Address:
City / State / Zip:
Comments:
Stallion(s) of interest:
Always Dreaming
Bodemeister
Carpe Diem
Commissioner
Congrats
Constitution
Daredevil
Distorted Humor
Exaggerator
Fed Biz
Gemologist
More Than Ready
Outwork
Overanalyze
Paynter
Pioneerof the Nile
Revolutionary
Speightster
Speightstown
Super Saver
Tiznow
Tourist

Download Printable forms

Mare Information
Mare Name: (required)
Age:
Sire:
Dam:
Status:
Previous Year Covering Sire:
Boarding Farm:
Produce History:
Subscribe to newsletter

Please Enter Text Exactly as Shown

Leave this empty:




[back to roster]