January 15th, 2021

WAR FRONT Leads Claiborne Success at Keeneland January

It was a successful week for Claiborne sires in the Keeneland January Sales ring with both established and young sires making splashes.

WAR FRONT led the charge when a mare in foal to the stallion sold for $900,000. The multiple graded stakes winner and Grade 1-placed Deceptive Vision is a royally-bred full sister to Canadian champion Eye of the Leopard and stakes winner Hotep, in addition to being a three-quarter sister to stakes winner Desert Isle.

Hailing from the legendary Sam-Son Farm, Deceptive Vision was the third most expensive of the second day when sold to Hill n Dale at Xalapa. Carrying to WAR FRONT on a March 28 cover, the mare also had a filly by the internationally renowned sire in 2020.

Another dispersal saw WAR FRONT with a strong result as a sire when Sustained was sold for $320,000 by Lane’s End on behalf of the Paul Pompa Jr. Dispersal. Purchased by Phil Schoenthal as agent for Determined Stud, the Grade 3-placed WAR FRONT daughter is already the dam of Grade 3 winner Turned Aside – who sold for $725,000 on Thursday – from her first two live foals.

FLATTER also found success as both a covering sire and a sire of offerings, led by his $220,000 daughter Queen Of Beas. A Grade 2 placed full sister to FLATTER’s multiple stakes winner Flattering Bea, the mare was sold as a racing or broodmare prospect by Taylor Made Sales Agency to Crawford Farms.

FLATTER’s in-foal mares were led by the $140,000 Bonne Chance Farm-purchased Paradise Alley. A winning mare out of Canadian Horse of the Year Sealy Hill and half-sister to both Canadian champion Hillaby and multiple Grade 1 winner Cambier Parc, Paradise Alley was offered by Denali Stud and is carrying to FLATTER on a February 20 cover.

FLATTER saw the two other mares sold carrying his foals bring $120,000 and $115,000.

Only months before his first crop is set to hit the track, MASTERY saw his second crop in demand, led by a $170,000 colt.

Purchased by Lemon-X from Havens Bloodstock Agency, the colt is a half-brother to stakes-placed Gin Riki and out of the stakes winning, Grade 3-placed mare Emmy Darling. From a successful family, he has blacktype under each of his first four dams.

MASTERY’s second most expensive was a $90,000 colt bought by Sand Hill Stables from Taylor Made Sales Agency. The second foal out of stakes-placed Giddy Up, his second dam is also the dam of stakes winning, Grade 1-placed I’m Steppin’ It Up and stakes winners Thunder Brew and Cuppy Cake.

BLAME had the fifth most expensive offering of the fourth session when his winning son Perceived sold for $140,000 to D.J. Stable. Offered as part of the Paul Pompa Jr. Dispersal, the lightly raced 5-year-old won by 6 ¼ lengths two weeks before going through the ring. It was the second straight victory for Perceived, who is out of a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Hierro and the stakes winning, Grade 3-placed Cherokee Triangle in addition to WAR FRONT’s stakes-placed Sam’s Bliss.

One of only two mares on offer for CATHOLIC BOY at this sale, the stakes winning Surrender was sold to Arch Bloodstock as agent for Sandra Sexton for $110,000. The dam of Grade 3 winner Red Flag and stakes winner Red Flag from her first four foals, Surrender is carrying to CATHOLIC BOY on a June 9 cover.

CATHOLIC BOY’s first foals arrive this year.

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