Many years ago I was keeping an eye on a young “good looking” son of Unbridled. He lost to Funny Cide, who he had previously beaten, in the Derby; his connections opted out of the Preakness. When Funny Cide won in Maryland, I was shocked (and lost a strange bet). I had been sure it would be on his home turf in NY that Funny Cide would shine. Of course, maybe things would have been different if the Derby runner up was there. In the Belmont, that runnerup had bittersweet redemption, denying Funny Cide the Triple Crown and ensuring the drought went on. Now, Empire Maker is returning to the states to stand within miles of his son and his grandson, who finally ended that drought. I’m really not sure standing them ALL in KY is best, but I’m sure plenty of owners will be willing to ship good mares.