War Front Colt Tops Early Part of FTK Sale

Claiborne Farm sire stands for $12,500 fee.

A colt from the first crop sired by grade II winner War Front  was purchased by Steven W. Young for $180,000 as the top-priced offering during the first half of Day 1 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale in Lexington.

The colt was consigned by his breeder, Beau Lane, and is a half-brother to multiple stakes winners Song of Navarone and Celluloid Hero. He was produced from the winning Navarone mare Timely Legend.

Winner of the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Breeders’ Cup Handicap (gr. II) among his four career victories, War Front stands at the Hancock family’s Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky. His 2009 fee was $12,500, the same as in 2007 when this year’s yearling crop was conceived.

At the mid-point, Fasig-Tipton officials did not have figures on how the auction was tracking in gross and average, when compared with 2008. There had been a handful of six-figure transactions and the not-sold rate did not appear unusually high.

The early session’s second-highest price of $150,000 was shared by a Congrats  filly and a Bernardini  colt.

The filly from the first crop of grade II winner Congrats was purchased by Thomas M. McGreevy, as agent for Fox Hill Farm and Vinery. Produced from the unraced Personal Hope mare Saramy, the filly is a half-sister to stakes winner Babaganush and stakes-placed Springs Road. Bred in Kentucky by Cloverleaf Farms II, the filly was consigned by John Sikura’s Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency. Hill ‘n’ Dale had purchased the filly for $70,000 at the 2008 Keeneland November sale.

Congrats, who earned $998,960, won the San Pasqual (gr. II). He stands at Vinery in Summerfield, Florida, where his 2009 fee was $10,000.

The Bernardini colt was purchased by W, K. Warren Jr., from the consignment of Basha’s Barn, Marshall W. Silverman. Winner of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and Travers (gr. I), Bernardini is also represented by his first crop as yearlings of 2009. He stands at Darley in Lexington, where his 2009 fee was $75,000, down from $100,000 in 2007. The Virginia-bred colt had previously been reported sold to Dr. David Miller at the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November sale for $150,000.

Out of the Forty Niner mare Western League, the colt is a half-brother to grade II winner My Boston Gal.