Second career not going well for War Emblem.

Second career not going well for War Emblem.

Barbara D. Livingston

War Emblem's Struggles in Breeding Shed Continue in Japan

War Emblem's problems in the breeding shed have gotten worse. There will be no foals sired by the 7-year-old champion son of Our Emblem born in 2007. The 2002 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner has been reluctant to cover mares ever since he entered stud in 2003 at the Shadai Stallion Station in Japan.

"Shadai Stallion Station tried to show more than 100 mares to War Emblem this year, but he covered only one, and that mare is not in foal," said Naohiro Goda of the Regent Company.

War Emblem had four foals in his first crop, more than 40 in his second, and only two in his third (born in 2006).

"This is not a good thing for us, but this happens in the horse business," said Teruya Yoshida of Shadai. "We've tried many things. Sometimes they've worked, but this year, almost nothing."

Asked about War Emblem's future, Yoshida said: "With the horses here, we take care of them, and we try. People in Japan were expecting very much of War Emblem. There is a very small chance that will happen, but we will keep trying."

One possibility that Yoshida said he would consider is to stand War Emblem at a farm in the United States that has expertise in or the willingness to handle problem stallions.

"Some farms have contacted us in that way," he said.