No young stallion in Kentucky has built a bigger international reputation in recent years than War Front. This fast son of Danzig has rapidly established that his progeny can shine at the top level on all surfaces and are equally at home in the U.S. and Europe. He has enjoyed major success in Europe with three sons, including Air Force Blue, who surely claimed the title of 2015’s best 2yo with his three Gr.1 successes.
Another of the colts which have helped build this reputation is War Command, who – like Air Force Blue – contested the Gr.2 Coventry Stakes and Gr.1 Dewhurst Stakes. Whereas Air Force Blue found one too good for him at Royal Ascot, War Command won both. He was very impressive in storming home 6 lengths clear at Royal Ascot. In taking the Dewhurst, War Command improved his juvenile record to four wins from five starts.
It isn’t just his racing record that suggests that War Command has a lot to offer as a stallion. He is out of a Wandering Star, a Gr.2 winner bred along similar lines to the highly successful stallion Silver Hawk. Wandering Star’s sire Red Ransom is a son of Silver Hawk’s sire Roberto and her dam was a daughter of Silver Hawk’s dam, the Prix Jacques le Marois winner Gris Vitesse. Silver Hawk sired top winners throughout the northern hemisphere, including winners of the Derby, St Leger and Prix de Diane.
One notably aspect of Silver Hawk’s legacy has been the exceptional results that his daughters have achieved with GALILEO. They have 45% black-type winners. Add to this the fact that War Command is by a son of DANZIG and he becomes an obvious choice as a mate for GALILEO mares. Silver Hawk’s daughters also produced Gr.1 winners to SADLER’S WELLS and EL PRADO. War Command should also suit daughters of MONTJEU and HIGH CHAPARRAL. Dansili, another grandson of DANZIG, has a terrific record with SADLER’S WELLS mares. War Command’s sire War Front already has the 2015 Gr.1-winning 2yo Hit It A Bomb out of a daughter of SADLER’S WELLS.
Grandsons of DANZIG have numerous Gr.1 winners from mares by PEINTRE CELEBRE, plus others from daughters of STRAVINSKY and THEATRICAL, all sons of NUREYEV. There is another Gr.1 winner out of a daughter of PIVOTAL.
Inevitably, inbreeding to DANZIG will have to be tried with War Command. Mares by sons of DANEHILL and GREEN DESERT create only 3×4 to DANZIG. This opens the door to daughters of DANSILI, DANEHILL DANCER, HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR, ROCK OF GIBRALTAR, MOZART, DUKE OF MARMALADE, EXCEED AND EXCEL, CAPE CROSS, INVINCIBLE SPIRIT and OASIS DREAM.
The STORM CAT branch of the NORTHERN DANCER male line has supplied several Gr.1 winners to grandsons of Danzig, via daughters of such as GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, HENNESSY and CATRAIL.
Other stallions bred on the Danzig-Roberto cross sired Graded winners from daughters of RAHY and GROOM DANCER. Declaration of War, another of War Front’s top sons, is also out of a RAHY mare, as is his Gr.3 winner War Correspondent, so mares with BLUSHING GROOM blood look sure to do well with War Command.
They also sired high-class winners from daughters of four different sons of SHARPEN UP, including KRIS, TREMPOLINO and SELKIRK.
The MR PROSPECTOR line has plenty to offer War Command. War Front has Graded stakes winners out of mares by four sons of MR PROSPECTOR, including SMART STRIKE, MISWAKI and FORTY NINER. He also has a top-class son, Air Force Blue, with a second dam by SEEKING THE GOLD. This suggests that War Command could also do well with daughters of KINGMAMBO, SEEKING THE GOLD and MACHIAVELLIAN. Other grandsons of Danzig have Gr.1 winners with dams by MACHIAVELLIAN, WOODMAN, MISWAKI, GULCH, ELUSIVE QUALITY, ZAMINDAR, ZAFONIC and DUBAI DESTINATION. War Front also has a couple of very useful sons out of UNBRIDLED’S SONG mares.
Another branch of the RAISE A NATIVE male line helped supply War Front with his triple Gr.1 winner Air Force Blue. His dam is by MARIA’S MON.
Danzig line stallions have numerous Group winners with mares from the MILL REEF line, doing especially well with daughters of DARSHAAN.
Other grandsons of Danzig have numerous Gr.1 winners out of mares by INDIAN RIDGE and INCHINOR. Mares with some AHONOORA blood therefore appeal.
One of the very best 2YO’s in 2013