This year’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale sees four well-bred yearlings by established Claiborne stallions BLAME and WAR FRONT from active families cataloged for the 101th edition of the event. Three of those four boast major updates since the catalog was released while the fourth is the second WAR FRONT foal out of a well-bred Galileo mare.
Less than two weeks after Fearless won the Listed Birdstone Stakes at Saratoga, a BLAME colt out of that stakes winner’s half-sister Choosy is set to go through the ring as Hip 156. Offered by Blake-Albia Thoroughbred Services, the first foal out of Choosy also received an update in June when Fearless took out the Brooklyn Stakes (G2) for his fourth graded stakes victory, reaching millionaire status.
Bred in New York by Newtown Anner Stud, this February 14-born colt has four stakes winners and seven stakes performers under his first two dams with racing age foals. His own second dam And Why Not was Grade 1-placed and is also the dam of stakes winner Just Whistle in addition to Fearless.
The sire of six seven-figure yearlings in just the past three years, WAR FRONT has three cataloged in the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale.
His first comes through the ring as Bedouin Bloodstock’s Hip 61, a filly out of the Grade 1 winning mare Rosalind. In addition to winning the Ashland Stakes (G1) and placing in three other Grade 1s, both of her foals of racing age are winners and both had updates after the catalog was released.
Her stakes-placed 3-year-old Chanceux saw an increase in earnings to $137,300 after a fourth in the Listed Manila Stakes (behind WAR FRONT son Annapolis), plus 4-year-old Almaan won at Newmarket in England on June 17. Chanceux is looking to update the page even further on August 5 when he runs in the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes (G2) at Saratoga.
Bred by SF Bloodstock, the filly also comes from the family of Grade 1 winners Life’s Hope, Shamekha, A Little Kiss, and others.
Eight hips later a WAR FRONT colt bred by Fifth Avenue Bloodstock out of the Grade 3 winning Seek And Destroy is set to go through the ring as Hip 69. The first foal out of that mare, this colt saw a major update when High Opinion won the Neshaminy Match Series Stakes in June for her first stakes victory. High Opinion is out of a three-quarter sister to Seek and Destroy.
Offered by Indian Creek, the colt also earned another update when his second dam’s 3-year-old Qabilah broke her maiden on her second start in late June. That second dam is also the dam of multiple graded stakes-placed Tammy the Torpedo and is a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Criminologist among three stakes performing siblings.
Taylor Made Sales-offered Hip 177 is bred on that golden WAR FRONT x Galileo cross that has 22 stakes performers and 11 stakes winners from 84 runners, led by champion U S Navy Flag, three-time Group 1 winner Roly Poly, and Grade 1 winner Fog of War.
This Lynch Bages and MacQuarie Bloodstock-bred filly is the second foal for the Grade 2-winning Elizabeth Browning, who has a 2-year-old WAR FRONT colt named Worlds Collide. That colt was a $400,000 Keeneland November weanling purchase by Japan’s Paca Paca Farm in 2020.
Elizabeth Browning is one of three stakes winners for Inca Princess, alongside Group 1-winning Johannes Vermeer and stakes-winning Sapa Inca. In all, each of Inca Princess’s five runners have earned blacktype with Wembley dual Group 1-placed and Petite Mustique Group 2-placed also among her foals.
The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale kicks off on August 8 at 6:30p.m. with the second session taking place the next day at the same time, starting with Hip 107.