War Cry, a $2.7 million yearling and a half-brother to grade II winner and prominent sire E Dubai (by Mr. Prospector) and grade I winner and European champion producer No Matter What (by Nureyev), will stand the 2009 season for $2,500 at Richard Moylen’s Hunter View Farm near Caledon, Ontario, Canada.
A 6-year-old son of Unbridled, War Cry made just two starts due to soft tissue damage in his shoulder. He will stand as the property of George Farr and John Porter’s War Cry Holdings.
“We have an extremely lucrative Ontario sire stakes program in our province, and we felt that that a stallion carrying the genetics he carries would really be a huge advantage to some of the Northern Dancer line mares—there are many here in Canada,” said Bonnie Rowntree, the spokesperson for War Cry Holdings.
Rowntree pointed out that in addition to War Cry being a half-brother to two graded winners, his stakes-winning dam, Words of War (by Lord at War), is a full-sister to Ascuteney, the dam of this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Raven’s Pass and grade III winner Gigawat.
“It’s exciting—you can’t win if you don’t play, and you need to start out with some quality, pedigree, and conformation, and this guy has it all,” said Rowntree, adding that the farm will offer multiple mare discounts, as well as complimentary breedings to stakes-winning and stakes-produing mares.
Bred in Kentucky by Arthur Hancock III and Stonerside, War Cry was first bought for $2.7 million in 2002 by Padua Stables. This year, he was sold for $25,000 at the Keeneland November mixed sale to Alistair Roden, agent.