No 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. One of the colts which helped build this reputation is War Command, who won both the Gr.2 Coventry Stakes and Gr.1 Dewhurst Stakes. It is hardly surprising that War Command’s total of first-crop 2yo winners had reached 23.
War Command has no inbreeding in the first four generations and he is out of Wandering Star, a Gr.2 winner who is closely related to the highly successful stallion Silver Hawk. Silver Hawk sired top winners throughout the northern hemisphere, including winners of the Derby, St Leger and Prix de Diane. Thanks to War Front, War Command’s success should come lower down the distance scale.
War Command looks sure to be suited by daughters of SADLER’S WELLS and GALILEO. War Front has two Gr.1 two-year-old winners out of a SADLER’S WELLS mare and three Gr.1 winners out of GALILEO mares, namely those very tough performers Roly Poly and U S Navy Flag and the 2018 Canadian 2yo Fog Of War. Another pointer to GALILEO mares’ suitability is the fact that Galileo sired 45% black-type winners from Silver Hawk mares.
War Front has sired Gr.1 winners from mares by MR PROSPECTOR’s sons MISWAKI, FORTY NINER, WOODMAN and SMART STRIKE. War Front’s top 2yo Air Force Blue has a second dam by SEEKING THE GOLD. War Command sired his first stakes winner Victory Command from a daughter of MACHIAVELLIAN.
Grandsons of DANZIG have numerous Gr.1 winners from mares from the sire line of NUREYEV. War Front’s son Declaration of War sired the Gr.1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains winner Olmedo from 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 3x4 to DANZIG. He already has 2yo winners out of daughters of 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.
Other grandsons of Danzig have numerous Gr.1 winners out of mares by INDIAN RIDGE and INCHINOR and War Front sired the Gr.1 winner Lancaster Bomber from an INDIAN RIDGE mare. Mares with some AHONOORA blood therefore appeal.