Air Force Blue

Bay201316.1½ hh
Distance won over: 6f. to 7f.
War Front - Chatham
Fee for 2020: $15,000

European Champion 2YO by WAR FRONT

The first time since 2001 that any two-year-old has won three European Group 1 races

  • WON Dewhurst Stakes [G1], Newmarket
  • WON Vincent O’Brien National Stakes [G1], Curragh
  • WON Phoenix Stakes [G1], Curragh
  • WON Maiden, Curragh on debut May 24

Timeform Rating of 128p & from the family of Champions Flanders & Surfside

“None of O’Brien’s previous champion two-year-olds has been rated so highly as Air Force Blue who is the best champion of his age group in Europe for nearly 20 years, with the exception of Frankel.” Timeform

"...he won three Group 1's - the Phoenix S., the National S. and the Dewhurst - and ended 2015 the highest-rated 2-year-old ever trained by Aidan O'Brien... That kind of 2-year-old class is very dangerous; very good sires have had similar records to Air Force Blue's - only they weren't as good..." Bill Oppenheim, TDN

His first crop yearlings sold for $400,000, $350,000, $305,000, $290,000, $280,000, $275,000, $250,000, $200,000 etc. and they are now with or going to Bob Baffert, Todd Pletcher, Wesley Ward, Mark Casse, Simon Callaghan, Aidan O'Brien, Sir Michael Stoute, Joseph O'Brien etc.

"I love the Air Force Blue filly we purchased in September. She oozes quality and is incredibly athletic. Looking back after the sales she is the one that really stands out in my mind." Marette Farrell on the yearling filly ex Secret Agenda she purchased for Peter Fluor's Speedway Stable at Keeneland September for $290,000 which is going into training with Bob Baffert

"She was one of the nicest fillies we sold this year, and her weanling full-sister is equally as nice." Arthur Hancock of Stone Farm, who bred both Air Force Blue and his daughter out of Secret Agenda

"I love the two Air Force Blue's I have. They are big, quality colts with great minds and they look like they are going to show the same speed and class their sire did. Both are pointing for early spring campaigns with Keeneland or Belmont in mind, then hopefully onto Royal Ascot." Wesley Ward, on the colts out of Union Prayer and Boom Boom Vroom

First 2YOs have already sold for up to $390,000

“Right from the breaking process we thought he was special, but you don’t really know anything until you start putting the speed on him. Right from the first work, he felt amazing. He gave you goosebumps... We’d been blessed with such a good horse - eats well, trains well, takes care of himself, always overachieves breezing... He’s just brilliant… I’ve got good mojo about this sire” Consignor Brandon Rice of RiceHorse Stable