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Stop The Music (horse)

Stop The Music
Sire Hail To Reason
Dam Bebopper
Grandsire Turn-To
Damsire Tom Fool
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1970
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder Greentree Stud, Inc.
Owner Greentree Stud, Inc.
Trainer John M. Gaver, Sr.
Record 30: 11-10-4
Earnings $448,922
Stop The Music is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Bebopper by Hail To Reason. He was born around 1970 in the United States, and was bred by Greentree Stud, Inc..
Major wins
Champagne Stakes (1972)
Saratoga Special Stakes (1972)
Dwyer Stakes (1973)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on August 16, 2008

Stop The Music (foaled 1970 in Kentucky) was an American thoroughbred stallion racehorse. Owned and bred by the Greentree Stud, Inc., he was sired by Hail To Reason, out of the mare, Bebopper, whose sire, Tom Fool, was the leading broodmare sire for 1965 and inducted into National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

Trained by John M. Gaver, Sr., Stop The Music had the misfortune of being born in the same year as the great Secretariat and they were rivals in many races. His victory as a two-year-old in the Champagne Stakes under jockey John Rotz came as a result of a disqualification due to Secretariat's bumping incident while rounding the turn. His interference with Stop The Music was ruled by the stewards as cause to place Secretariat second. A few weeks later, Stop The Music would again meet Secretariat in the Laurel Futurity Stakes, but placed second to him.

As a three year old, Stop The Music won the Dwyer Stakes. He also went on to set a new track record of 1:33 3/5 at Belmont Park for the mile that stood until Conquistador Cielo broke it in 1982 in the Metropolitan Handicap.

He continued to race at four and five until retirement.


Retired to Greentree Stud, Inc., now Gainesway Farm, Stop The Music became a very successful sire with 46 stakes winners and 17 graded stakes race winners. His progeny include Belmont Stakes winner Temperence Hill, French and Italian champion, Squill, Music Merci, Dontstop Themusic, Cure The Blues, and Missy's Mirage.

As a broodmare sire, his daughter, Set Them Free, is the dam of Kentucky Derby winner, Giacomo.

On July 8, 2005, Stop The Music was humanely put down due to the infirmities of old age.


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