UNBRIDLED Opens With World Class Trainer Patrick Biancone and New Sponsor Thoro’Bred Exclusive Interview to Debut on WRGB-TV 6 and Air Nationally on HorseTV

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World renowned thoroughbred trainer Patrick Biancone, trainer of 2004 Kentucky Derby Runner-Up Lion Heart, will get unbridled on the nationÂ?s only, award winning equine lifestyle series as he speaks about his lifetime of high stakes victories spanning three decades and the globe.

World renowned thoroughbred trainer Patrick Biancone, trainer of 2004 Kentucky Derby Runner-Up Lion Heart, will get unbridled on the nation’s only, award winning equine lifestyle series as he speaks about his lifetime of high stakes victories spanning three decades and the globe.

UNBRIDLED, winner of the “2003 Broadcast Media Excellence Award” from the US Equestrian Federation, will open its second season with Part One of a two-part interview Saturday, July 17, 6:30 to 7 a.m. EST, on WRGB-TV 6, and on 87.7 FM radio. Part Two will air Sunday, July 18, 11:30 a.m. to noon on the same stations. The show will subsequently air nationally on HorseTV (see http://www.horsetv.com for schedule).

UNBRIDLED will also start the Saratoga racing season with a new sponsor, aptly named Thoro’Bred, a leading manufacturer of “the world’s finest” racing plates, farrier tools and horse care products since 1949. THORO'BRED racing plates carried Champions Secretariat and Cigar to numerous victories. The very shoes worn by Secretariat in his winning of the Triple Crown are on display in Saratoga Springs at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. THORO'BRED played a critical role in the success of Lion Heart's campaign this spring. The design team developed custom rubber pads for Lion Heart’s Kentucky Derby run, which were applied to racing plates using a special gluing process. Lion Heart finished second in the race with all shoes intact, while six nailed shoes were lost by other horses.    

UNBRIDLED host and creator Susan Kayne spoke one-on-one with Biancone in an exclusive interview during Lion Heart’s pre-season training at Saratoga Race Course.

Biancone is based at Santa Anita in Southern California, where he established a stable in 2000. Like the horses he trains, he comes from a line of champions. He is the grandson of France’s leading jockey of the 1940s, Joseph Biancone, and the son of jockey-turned-trainer Pierre Biancone.

(Patrick) Biancone began his career as a jockey as well, becoming European Amateur Champion on the flat and jumps in 1973. Thereafter, he switched tracks to become a trainer and captured his first win in 1975. He snagged two French Derbies, first with Bikala in 1981, then Hours After in 1988. He also was a back-to-back winner of France’s most prominent race, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, with All Along in 1983 (who also won the Rothmans International, Turf Classic, and Washington, D.C. International and placed in the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Turf), and Sagace in 1984.    

The following decade, Biancone set his sights on Asia adding two Hong Kong Derby wins to an already long list of impressive victories. In 1999, he crossed the Pacific ready to conquer thoroughbred racing in the United States.

He translated his success to the American racing circuit making his first of many trips to the winner circle in 2001 with Mayakovsky, who broke a 55-year track record for 5-1/2 furlongs at Saratoga Race Course for his maiden start and won the 2002 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct. Biancone earned five other graded stake wins in New York State with WhyWhyWhy and Zavata.

In addition to his many stake winners, Biancone trained 1985 Breeders’ Cup Turf Runner-Up Strawberry Road and Palace Music, father of Cigar.

THORO'BRED is sponsoring farrierFACTS, a two-minute feature segment in every half-hour broadcast of UNBRIDLED created to elevate the level of appreciation for the farrier, educate owners on the fundamentals of proper shoeing and product use, and most importantly raise the overall emphasis on hoof care as the foundation of the multi-billion dollar equine industry. "farrierFACTS fosters a better exchange of information between owners, trainers and farriers, to promote proper shoeing and the importance of a consistent hoof care regimen" said Susan Kayne, UNBRIDLED host and creator. "We are delighted to have legendary racehorse farrier Ray Amato open the feature segment. Ray shares an angle with viewers based on a half-century of shoeing the nation's fastest thoroughbreds." The segment, which was filmed in the Todd Pletcher barn, includes commentary from the record-breaking trainer.

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