The multiple graded stakes-winning gelded son of War Front retires with nearly $2 million in earnings.
Keeneland’s 13-day November breeding stock sale that ended Nov. 20 reflected a stable market that mirrored recent trends, in which there is continued demand for quality and buyers' unwillingness to take risks on horses that do not fit their criteria.
Easy Feeling, a young Elusive Quality mare in foal to War Front, sold for $650,000 Nov. 10 at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, becoming the session topper for horses sold through 5 p.m. ET.
Hit It a Bomb, a son of War Front and winner of last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT), has been retired and will stand in 2017 at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm near Lexington. He will be part of the 'Share the Upside' program.
Topped by Unrivaled Belle at $3.8 million, the Nov. 9 second session of Keeneland's November breeding stock sale brought Book 1 to a close with average and median prices up over 2015 as the gross declined with considerably fewer head sold.
The demand for well-bred weanlings materialized late during the second session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale when Coolmore Stud’s M. V. Magnier went to $1.45 million to buy a son of War Front.
With buyers showing an insatiable appetite for quality fillies and mares and 2016 foals, the Keeneland November breeding stock sale opened Nov. 8 with key figures that soared well beyond the gross, average and median prices for the same 2015 session.
Multiple stakes winner Mosler will stand at Country Life Farm in 2017 for $4,000.
International success at the highest levels and strong commercial results allow War Front's fee to rise to $250,000 from $200,000 in 2016.
The son of War Front won three group I races at 2 and was crowned Europe's 2015 champion 2-year-old male. His 2017 fee to be announced.
Only sires with a median above $500,000
Looking at how North American yearling averages have changed since 2012 among the top 10 Keeneland September sires by average price through Sept. 19.
Stuart Janney III's homebred On Leave dominated in a gate-to-wire romp in the $500,000 Sands Point Stakes (gr. IIT) for 3-year-old turf fillies in her graded stakes debut Sept. 17 at Belmont Park.
On Leave is primed and ready to carry the family torch into the winner's circle Sept. 17 when she vies for victory in her graded stakes debut in the $500,000 Sands Point (gr. IIT) at 1 1/8 miles on the inner turf at Belmont Park.
Buyers’ appetites for yearlings by leading sires Tapit and War Front fueled a frenzied Sept. 14 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale topped by a Scat Daddy colt sold for $3 million as Book 1 ended with numbers well ahead of last year.
A War Front colt produced from the two-time grade I-winning A.P. Indy mare Love and Pride became the second seven-figure yearling Sept. 13 at the Keeneland September yearling sale when purchased by Shadwell Estate Co. for $1.3 million.
Brereton C. Jones' Airdrie Stud had its second $900,000 yearling sale during the second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 13 when Japan-based Shadai Farm went to that level for a War Front colt.
Boosted by a broad-based international buying bench and the appeal of top-caliber sires Medaglia d’Oro, Tapit, and War Front, the marathon Keeneland September yearling sale had a solid opening Sept. 12.
A War Front filly who is from the family of recent group I winner Churchill became the second-highest-priced offering at the Keeneland September yearling sale when agent John Ferguson went to $900,000.
With so many siblings and half siblings to top-class runners and so many yearlings sired by the world’s leading sires, winnowing down the list of top horses to watch to light up the Keeneland September sale bid board can be a daunting task.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Northeast Region, Mid-Atlantic Region
Will retire to Country Life Farm Nov. 30.
Central Kentucky sire War Front, currently the leading sire of juveniles in England and Ireland, and second on the U.S. list, got his 50th black-type winner Aug. 31 when Intelligence Cross captured the Round Tower Stakes (Ire-III) at the Curragh.
Claire Novak recaps day 1 of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale. Watch the top hips in the ring as Claire provides numbers and analysis of the session's action. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales
Sires of earners of $250,000 or more from 2011-13 crops
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak previews the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale which features yearlings by Frankel, Uncle Mo, War Front, and Tapit. Also includes comments from Mark Taylor. Brought to you by Taylor Made Sales Agency
WinStar Farm homebred American Patriot overhauled pacesetter He'll Pay in the stretch and edged away to win the $200,000 Kent Stakes (gr. IIIT) July 16 at Delaware Park.
The 35-year-old program at the Kentucky Horse Park offers equine-assisted activities and therapies to people of all ages. The halters are part of the silent auction in CKRH's annual gala fundraiser, Night of the Stars.
A bid made via a transatlantic phone call from Royal Ascot by Justin Casse to secure a War Front filly for $425,000 topped the second session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age sale.
Bidding by phone from Royal Asccot in England, Justin Casse, as agent, bought a well-bred War Front filly for $425,000 during the second session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age.
Veteran Ben's Cat was upstaged by a youngster who looks to have a good future ahead of him June 4 in the $150,000 Pennsylvania Governor's Cup at Penn National.
A pair of colts by Kentucky stallions—Air Force Blue and Stormy Antarctic—are the respective top two favorites for the QIPCO Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) April 30 at Newmarket.
During the April 14 under tack session for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co’s spring 2-year-olds in training sale, a son of Shackleford breezed a quarter-mile in :20 2/5, the fastest at the distance so far during the first four of six workout sessions.
Zenyatta's colt by War Front, born April 10, died April 13 due to meconium aspiration syndrome.
Jerry and Ann Moss' Zenyatta, 2010 Horse of the Year, foaled a colt by Central Kentucky sire War Front April 10 at William S. Farish's Lane's End, Team Zenyatta announced.
A War Front colt who breezed a quarter mile in :20 3/5 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's sale of 2-year-olds in training was purchased by Jason Litt for $675,000.
Following is a list of horses to watch during the first session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s sale of 2-year-olds in training that begins March 15 at 11 a.m. EDT.
Three Into Mischief fillies and offspring of four freshmen sires were among 14 horses that shared the fastest eighth of a mile workout time of :09 4/5 during the March 9 first of three under tack workout sessions.
Morning-line favorite Chocolate Ride, state-bred star String King have 19 starts between them on the Fair Grounds turf; They square off Feb. 20 in the $125,000 Fair Grounds Handicap (gr. IIIT).
After a four-furlong breeze from the gate in :49 3/5 at Santa Anita Park Feb. 13, trainer John Shirreffs said Jerry and Ann Moss' homebred Ziconic will likely make his debut at Santa Anita Park Feb. 20.
Keeneland's January sale featured a robust upper market in Book 1, but that didn't prevent declines in average and median at the end of the five-day auction, which saw a continuation of 2015's finicky market.
Virginia Kraft Payson sprang for three horses from the Sarah J. Leigh estate's dispersal, including session-topper Summer Solo for $700,000, to boost Keeneland January's opening session.
Grade I-winning miler Jack Milton will enter stud at Pope McLean's Crestwood Farm in Kentucky for the 2016 season, where he will stand for a published fee of $6,500.
Topped by $6 million Take Charge Brandi and a record $3.2 million War Front--Take Charge Lady filly in Book 1, Keeneland's November breeding stock sale ended Nov. 13 with gross and average up but a 14.3% decline in median.
For the third year in a row, Gainesway's Tapit leads all North American sires by Comparable Index (CI) of mares bred.
With rising stud fees, will breeders pay up?
The Keeneland November breeding stock sale's Book 1 ends with champion Take Charge Brandi sold for $6 million and a record $3.2 million weanling as upper-market bidding pushes Book 1 to across-the-board increases.
A North American record for a weanling sold at public auction was set when Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm went to $3.2 million to purchase a War Front filly Nov. 3 at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Keeneland's 12-day November breeding stock auction's opening session, topped by DATTT Farm's $2.2 million purchase of Hard Not to Like, saw across-the-board increases Nov. 2 but also a higher buyback rate.
Got Lucky, winner of the Juddmonte Spinster (gr. I) last month at Keeneland, has been retired and will join the broodmare band at Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington.
Evelyn Stockwell's Hit It a Bomb, last of 14 at the midpoint of the race, found room in the lane and surged late to win the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) Oct. 30 at Keeneland.
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