As a companion to the feature in the January 4, 2014 issue of The Blood-Horse, we look at some of the offspring of War Front. View Slideshow
Woodford Thoroughbreds will stand first-year stallions Soldat for $5,000 and Currency Swap for $3,500.
The son of War Front broke his maiden in the grade III With Anticipation Stakes.
Aidan O'Brien noted that Lines of Battle was sent to Dubai with the specific purpose of picking up Kentucky Derby-qualifying points offered in the race, and he earned 100 points, assuring him a spot in the starting gate.
Soldat, a dual graded stakes winner by War Front, finished in the top two in eight of 12 starts and earned $622,760.
Favored Csaba ran his stakes winning streak to four and likely stamped his ticket to next month's Donn Handicap (gr. I) with his victory in the $100,000 Hal's Hope (gr. III) Jan. 13 at Gulfstream Park.
Csaba is the best he's ever been, and if he sails through the Hal's Hope Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park Jan. 13, he'll punch his ticket to his first grade I stakes attempt in the $500,000 Donn Handicap on Feb. 9.
It's easy to see why his connections want to keep Soldat on turf after last year's Triple Crown contender scored an impressive comeback victory at Gulfstream Park March 4.
Soldat will make his first start since finishing 11th in last year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) when he goes to post in a turf allowance race at Gulfstream Park March 4.
Fountain of Youth (gr. II) winner Soldat has been given some time off and will possibly return to racing in the fall, according to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin July 1.
Join Jason Shandler and Tom LaMarra for a live, one hour chat Saturday at Noon EDT. Be ready to talk Derby and anything else that's on your mind. Read Transcript!
When logic and analysis gets you nowhere, be a contrarian. Read Blog
Jason Shandler gives his two cents on the Kentucky Derby. Read Blog
Ever since the four final major preps produced significant upsets, the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) has painted a murky and muddled picture.
Jason, Tom, Evan, and James Scully preview the 2011 Kentucky Derby, and give their picks. Watch Video
A visual look at the field for the 2011 Kentucky Derby. View Slideshow
Lenny Shulman interviews Alan Garcia, jockey for Soldat. Watch Video
Master of Hounds is big mystery horse of the Derby. Read Blog
Who will win this year's Kentucky Derby? Will there be a Decisive Moment to have Twice the Appeal? Will the winner be Dialed In, as you Watch Me Go? Or will you Stay Thirsty, watching Pants On Fire? Predict the Order
Lenny Shulman reports on the news of the day, including the defection of Toby's Corner, which allows Derby Kitten to run. Plus, the arrival of Master of Hounds, and gallops by Soldat, Archarcharch, and Mucho Macho Man. Watch Video
There are several longshots worthy of a second look in this wide-open Derby. Read Blog
Haskin's Derby Report: Don't overlook Animal Kingdom on any surface. Read Blog
Fountain of Youth (gr. II) winner Soldat turned in his final Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) breeze Friday, April 29 at Palm Meadows under the watchful eye of trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.
Jason, Evan, and Tim give an overview of Derby 137. Watch Video
A few changes in the Derby Dozen this week with a new number one! Read Blog
The first revealing of my Kentucky Derby 2011 Top 5 picks. Stay Thirsty is on top, and you should already know why. The rest of the picks are easy to see, if you don't over think the Kentucky Derby this year. Read Blog
History has shown that stretch leaders have a great chance to win the Derby. Read Blog
Fountain of Youth (gr. II) winner Soldat continued his preparation for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) April 21 when he worked five furlongs at Palm Meadows in :59.07.
The top five for Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen looks much different this week, Dialed In still sits on top. Presented by Pauls Mill Read Blog
The Florida Derby results were not exactly encouraging for most KY Derby prospects. Read Blog
Dialed In, who banked $600,000 for his last-to-first victory in the April 2 Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park, jumped from No. 17 to No. 2 on the Kentucky Derby 137 Graded Stakes Earnings List.
Although Dialed In established himself as one of the favorites for the Kentucky Derby with his win in the Florida Derby, trainer Nick Zito said there are no plans to send the son of Mineshaft to Kentucky anytime soon.
Relentless Dialed In came from last on a speed-favoring Gulfstream Park main track to get up in the final couple of strides over 68-1 outsider Shackleford by a head in the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) April 3.
To Honor and Serve was widely touted as the horse most likely to pose a danger to Uncle Mo this spring, but his popularity took a hit after he faded badly to finish a distant third in the Fountain of Youth (gr. II).
A lively opening day of betting in the third and final pool of Churchill Downs' 2011 Kentucky Derby Future Wager ended with unbeaten champion Uncle Mo as a narrow favorite.
Who will win the 2011 Florida Derby? Is it Soldat's race? Can Flashpoint carry that speed? Predict the Order
A look at the key contenders in the Florida Derby, and how the race will be run. Watch Video
Dazzling Hutcheson winner Flashpoint and four of the top Kentucky Derby contenders are among a field of eight that was drawn for the 1 1/8-mile Florida Derby.
Jason, Tom, and James Scully of twinspires.com preview the Florida Derby (gr. I) featuring Dialed In, Stay Thirsty, To Honor and Serve, and Soldat. Watch Video
Astrology hangs on while a few other horses are shifted in the mix. Presented by Pauls Mill Read Blog
After watching Stay Thirsty breeze five furlongs in 1:01 3/5 in company with a stablemate at Palm Meadows the morning of March 27, trainer Todd Pletcher will likely make an equipment change for the April 2 Florida Derby.
Soldat, who captured the Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 26 and the With Anticipation Stakes (gr. III) last year, is a $180,000 graduate of the 2009 Keeneland September yearling sale. Read Blog
Featuring an interview with George Bolton, co-owner of The Factor. Watch Video
Avalyn Hunter delves into the Rebel Stakes winner's pedigree to see if he'll have enough stamina for the upcoming classics.
The addition of The Factor and some juggling highlight this week's Dozen. Read Blog
The Factor, who banked $180,000 for his gate-to-wire triumph in the $300,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park March 19, jumped into a tie for fifth position on the Kentucky Derby 137 Graded Stakes Earnings List.
There are changes in this week's Derby Dozen. A few new and a few moved, as we welcome Premier Pegasus and Silver Medallion to the mix. Presented by Pauls Mill Read Blog
- By Steve Haskin
This is not about who is going to win the Kentucky Derby, as much as who so far has the look of a Derby winner--who is on track to peak on Derby Day, who looks eager to do more than they already have. Read Blog
Only slight movement this week with Stay Thirsty moving up to #3. Presented by Pauls Mill Read Blog
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Soldat's bloodlines initially appear to indicate he could have problems with the Kentucky Derby's distance -- but he has close pedigree connections to good classic runners.
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