U S Navy Flag
U S Navy Flag could hardly possess a more powerful pedigree. His sire War Front’s ability to upgrade his mares has transformed him into one of Kentucky’s highest-priced stallions. His broodmare sire Galileo has an even higher profile. U S Navy Flag’s second dam, Butterfly Cove, has produced three SWs by Galileo, most notably Ballydoyle, winner of the Gr.1 Prix Marcel Boussac, and U S Navy Flag’s dam Misty For Me who won four Gr.1 races, including the Prix Marcel Boussac and Irish 1,000 Guineas, and she is proving equally talented as a broodmare. Her three Group/Graded winners include U S Navy Flag’s extraordinarily tough sister, the triple Gr.1 winner Roly Poly.
U S Navy Flag has displayed similar talent and toughness. Highly progressive during a juvenile campaign he won three consecutive Group races including the Gr.1 Middle Park Stakes and Gr.1 Dewhurst Stakes. Although he managed to take second place in the Irish 2,000 Guineas, U S Navy Flag showed his true worth when he dropped back to six furlongs in the Gr.1 July Cup. In front all the way, he won by nearly two lengths.
The potential of War Front’s stallion sons has been highlighted by the first crop success of the inexpensive Due Diligence, sire of three black-type 2yo winners including two Group winners.
With Danzig and Galileo as his grandsires, U S Navy Flag will create a degree of inbreeding with many European mares. His speed and precocity suggest he will shine with DANZIG inbreeding. Mares by sons of DANEHILL create just 3x4 to Danzig. There is plenty of scope for mares by grandsons of DANEHILL too.
Mares by sons of GREEN DESERT, such as CAPE CROSS, DESERT STYLE, INVINCIBLE SPIRIT and OASIS DREAM, also create only 3x4 to Danzig. He could be ideal as a means of injecting precocious speed into mares by SEA THE STARS (creating 4x3 to Urban Sea).
NUREYEV sired Champion 2yo Fasliyev from U S Navy Flag’s family therefore mares by PIVOTAL and his sons, including SIYOUNI and KYLLACHY, should suit.
Although U S Navy Flag is out of a grand-daughter of SADLER’S WELLS, this again is no problem. War Front has three Gr.1 winners out of SADLER’S WELLS mares, including the Preakness S. winner War of Will and the Cheveley Park S. winner Brave Anna, as well as two Gr.3 winners. He also has a Gr.2 winner out of an EL PRADO mare and a Gr.3 winner with a MONTJEU dam.
At least eight other grandsons of Danzig have sired Gr.1 winners from STORM CAT line mares, including from daughters of GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, HENNESSY, TALE OF THE CAT and FOREST WILDCAT. U S Navy Flag has a second dam by STORM CAT, but he is still an option for this line, creating only 4x3 with mares by Storm Cat’s sons. Mares by SHAMARDAL, his son LOPE DE VEGA, and SCAT DADDY should be guaranteed to produce good 2YOs with U S Navy Flag.
Daughters of ACCLAMATION, DARK ANGEL and EQUIANO are others guaranteed to reinforce U S Navy Flag’s precocity.
War Front sired the Gr.1 winner Lancaster Bomber from a mare by INDIAN RIDGE and War Front’s son Due Diligence owes his Gr.3 winners Good Vibes and Streamline to mares by INDIAN RIDGE’s son COMPTON PLACE. This suggests mares with AHONOORA blood.
Further MR PROSPECTOR blood should work well with him, as War Front has Gr.1 winners with dams by MISWAKI, FORTY NINER, SEEKING THE GOLD, SMART STRIKE and WOODMAN.
War Front has Graded winners from mares by two BLUSHING GROOM line stallions, including the top-class Declaration of War from a RAHY mare.
The ROBERTO male line should also suit well, as War Front has Graded winners from daughters of DYNAFORMER and RED RANSOM, and from mares by ARCH, a son of KRIS S. He also has Gr.1 and Gr.2 winners with second dams by SILVER HAWK.