October 15, 2020
Paris, KY –The Hancock family’s Claiborne Farm announced stud fees Oct. 15 for a number of their stallions that will stand at the Paris, Ky-based farm during the upcoming 2021 breeding season.
Among 13 stallions, WAR FRONT leads the charge with a stud fee of $150,000. The internationally acclaimed son of Danzig and emerging sire of sires is North America’s #1 sire by percentage of lifetime stakes winners, graded stakes winners, and Grade 1 winners. In 2020, WAR FRONT has added three new Grade 1 winners to his record, bringing his lifetime total to 23, the most of any stallion in North America behind only Tapit with 27.
WAR FRONT’s most recent Grade 1 winners include Breeders’ Cup hopefuls Civil Union and Halladay, as well as classic winner War of Will, who will stand alongside his sire at Claiborne Farm for the upcoming breeding season.
In the sales ring, WAR FRONT continued his reign among leading sires with yearlings commanding prices up to $1,050,000. On the racetrack, no other sire in North America has more Grade 1 winners than WAR FRONT in 2020.
“In these unprecedented times, we felt it would be irresponsible to raise or keep some stud fees the same as last year, despite our stallions having outstanding success in the sales ring and on the racetrack,” said Claiborne President Walker Hancock. “It is now more important than ever
that we do what is best for the sustainability of our industry.”
Eclipse champion and three-time Grade 1 winner BLAME will stand for $30,000. Ranked among the top of his crop with 63 stakes horses and 30 stakes winners lifetime, his 16 graded stakes winners include Nadal, winner of this year’s Arkansas Derby (G1). Yearlings sired by BLAME have sold up to $400,000 this year.
FLATTER, the prolific son of A.P. Indy, will stand for $35,000. He has sired more than 100 stakes horses and 50 stakes winners lifetime, including recent champions West Coast and Avie’s Flatter. This year, his two-year-olds sold for up to $600,000, while yearlings brought up to $330,000 in the sales ring.
MASTERY, the undefeated Grade 1-winning son of Candy Ride (ARG), will remain at $25,000.The much-anticipated first yearlings by Mastery sold for $510,000, $450,000, $400,000 this year, with an average of $142,425.
CATHOLIC BOY and DEMARCHELIER (GB), who both stood their first seasons at Claiborne in 2020, will remain unchanged. CATHOLIC BOY, one of only three North American three-year-old colts in history to win Grade 1 events on both dirt and turf, will stand for $25,000. DEMARCHELIER (GB),
the only son of top international sire Dubawi (IRE) standing in Kentucky, will stand for $5,000.
FIRST SAMURAI, the proven son of Giant’s Causeway, will stand for $15,000. He is the sire of undefeated two-year-old sensation Plum Ali, a Breeders’ Cup hopeful and winner of the recent Miss Grillo Stakes (G2). Yearlings by FIRST SAMURAI have sold for $260,000, $250,000, $240,000, etc. this year.
Stud fees for Eclipse Champion RUNHAPPY and WAR OF WILL will be announced following the Breeders’ Cup.
Preakness Stakes (G1) hero WAR OF WILL, a classic-winning son of War Front, will join his sire at Claiborne Farm for stud duty in 2021. A Grade 1 winner on both dirt and turf, War of Will captured the Maker’s Mark Mile Stakes (G1) at Keeneland this summer and is pointed towards the Breeders’ Cup.
See Claiborne’s full stallion roster and 2021 stud fees below:
Bernardini—Ava Knowsthecode, by Cryptoclearance
Arch—Liable, by Seeking the Gold
More Than Ready – Song of Bernadette, by Bernardini
Dubawi (GB) – Loveisallyouneed, by Sadler’s Wells
Giant’s Causeway—Freddie Frisson, by Dixieland Band
A.P. Indy—Praise, by Mr. Prospector
Distorted Humor—Meghan’s Joy, by A.P. Indy
First Samurai—Greenery, by Galileo (IRE)
Candy Ride (ARG)—Steady Course, by Old Trieste
Malibu Moon—Lady Liberty, by Unbridled
Super Saver—Bella Jolie, by Broken Vow
Danzig—Starry Dreamer, by Rubiano
War of Will
War Front – Visions of Clarity (IRE), by Sadler’s Wells
(All stud fee payable Live Foal Stands & Nurses)
Questions? Contact Bernie Sams (859) 987-2330