Major Demand For War Front Offspring at Keeneland November

Posted On November 10, 2016

The demand for War Front offspring in the sales ring has been in line with the strong performances of his sons and daughter on the track. The stallion garnered major positive attention with impressive prices during the first two days of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, including three horses that brought seven figures.

His biggest sellers thus far are a weanling colt and 4-year-old mare, each purchased for $1.45 million.

The colt (Hip No. 408) is the first foal out of the Australian-bred Encosta de Lago mare Drifting Cube and is from the family of Australian champion and top sire Redoute’s Choice. Consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales agency, agent, he was bought by Coolmore’s M V Magnier.

Drifting Cube is a full sister to TDN Rising Star and G2 winner Rubick (Aus). The mare was purchased by Hill ‘n’ Dale for $1,018,000 at a Magic Millions auction in 2014.

War Front’s other $1.45 million offspring is G1 winner Peace And War (Hip No. 32), who was purchased by Katsumi Yoshida. Consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, agent, she is out of the Smart Strike mare More Oats Please and is in foal to Tapit. Peace And War captured the G1 Darley Alcibiades Stakes and earned more than $430,000 during her race career.

War Front’s third seven-figure offspring is G1 winner Summer Soiree (Hip No. 75), in foal to Medaglia d’Oro, who will head to Japan after selling for $1.3 million to Dr. Masataki Iida of Chiyoda Farm.

Consigned by Three Chimneys Farm, agent, Summer Soiree won the 2011 GI Del Mar Oaks over the lawn.  She is out of the winning Mazel Trick mare Mozel Tov.

War Front’s highest priced weanling filly was hammered down for $650,000. Bought by SF Bloodstock & Newgate from the consignment of Paramount Sales, agent, she is out of the G1-placed Sadler’s Wells mare Maryinsky. The filly is a half-sister to European and Irish champion Peeping Fawn (Danehill) and G1 winner Thewayyouare (Kingmambo). Her second dam is Kentucky Oaks-G1 winner Blush With Pride, who is the dam of 2007 Broodmare of the Year Better Than Honour.

War Front also made headlines when G2 winner Secret Gesture (GB), in foal to the stallion, brought $3.5 million on the first day of the sale. Bought by John Ferguson, the 5-year-old daughter of Galileo (IRE) was consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, agent.