War Front at Claiborne in August 2013 (Photo courtesy of Melissa Bauer-Herzog)
Lines of Battle, Declaration of War, and War Command are gifted racehorses realizing global fame – they represent the legacies of experienced owner and breeder Joseph Allen and the great stallion Northern Dancer. The blood of Northern Dancer continues on through many stallions and broodmares, but perhaps no horse at stud has a closer resemblance to this pivotal sire than his grandson War Front. Joseph Allen bred War Front using horses from essential lines such as Northern Dancer, Princequillo, Mr. Prospector, and Hyperion. He is still reaping the rewards from breeding, owning, and supporting War Front at stud. Already in 2013, two sons of War Front – Lines of Battle and Declaration of War – have carried his green and white silks to victory in elite events on the sport’s global stage. Lines of Battle overwhelmed his opponents in the United Arab Emirates Derby before a seventh-place showing in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands. Four-year-old Declaration of War powered home to take the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes. Later in the Royal Ascot meet, Allen would watch another horse he bred and co-owns – War Command – romp in the Group 2 Coventry Stakes with partners Coolmore.
War Command and Seamus Heffernan win the 2013 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot (Photo courtesy of Eclipse Sportswire)
Though next year’s run for the roses will be the 50th anniversary of Northern Dancer’s Kentucky Derby triumph, his blood remains influential to the breed. Its equal significance on sire lines and the bottom half of the pedigree makes him a timeless figure. This can be exemplified by the booming sire War Front – a son of Danzig (by Northern Dancer) out of Starry Dreamer, a daughter of Rubiano (by Fappiano out of a Nijinsky II mare). A powerful build runs through this sire line because War Front’s greatest attributes are his potent hindquarters, powerful forearms and short, flat cannon bones. The bay stallion also resembles Northern Dancer, donning a blaze and two hind socks. War Front has a promising future as a sire of sires because most of his progeny possess similar conformation.
War Front standing at Claiborne Farm for $80,000 (Photo courtesy of Dell Hancock)
Having 21 stakes winners and 13 graded stakes winners to his credit, War Front has had top performers on a global stage. Here in the United States, he is represented by classy miler Data Link and multiple Grade 1-winning, track-record setter The Factor, who now stands at Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Ky. War Front had another strong miler in Warning Flag, who won the Hong Kong Classic Mile. One of War Front’s most recent successes at stud was having two winners at Royal Ascot – Declaration of War in the Queen Anne Stakes and War Command winning the Coventry Stakes by six lengths. Currently, War Front is the eighth-ranked stallion by progeny earnings in the nation, and last year he was the eighth-best third-crop sire in the country.
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Lines of Battle and Ryan Moore win the 2013 U.A.E. Derby. (Photo courtesy of Eclipse Sportswire)
Like many of his top runners, War Front enjoyed a successful career at shorter distances. At three, he started building his résumé by winning a maiden special weight race by 11 ½ lengths at Saratoga, an allowance race by six lengths at Belmont Park, and the Princelet Stakes with an eight-length score. However, he truly blossomed as a 4-year-old. War Front stepped into North America’s top group of sprinters by winning the Grade 2 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Stakes and finishing second in two Grade 1 races.
With the upcoming North American yearling sales, War Front has formed an impeccable foundation for his career at stud. Breeders have recognized this stallion’s potential and filled his book with top mares, including, Zenyatta, who was recently confirmed in foal to War Front.