Air Force Blue: First Yearlings Sell this Summer
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Air Force Blue: First Yearlings Sell this Summer

August 14, 2019

European champion two-year-old Air Force Blue
was one of the best two-year-old’s Europe has seen in recent years. This summer, Americans will get the chance
to see his first yearlings at the sales and we stopped by Ashford Stud to see the horse
and got an update from Adrian Wallace. He was a horse obviously that was very, very
popular, from the moment he arrived here at Ashford. He was a horse that … we bought it for $490,000
from Keeneland September from Stonestreet Farm. He was very, very well received after having
been European Champion two-year-old, three-time Group One winner at two. He courted a very good book of mares in his
first crop. He’s a War Front with a lot of leg. He’s got the substance that you associate
with a lot of War Fronts, but he’s also got that leg. That’s another sort of trait that he’s passing
on to his foals. They’re very fluid, easy movers. Very generative, very correct horses. We’re excited about what we’ve seen. The market will judge them now in the next
couple of months. But the future is very bright. He’s a horse we’ve latched onto ourselves,
we’ve supported him heavily from the very beginning. We will continue to support him, and we’ll
be looking at all his stock in the coming sales. From the very beginning, Aiden O’Brien was
very, very, very high on the horse. Three-time Group One winner at two, and the
highest rated two-year-old that Aiden O’Brien has ever trained, which puts him in pretty
rarefied air when you consider how many good two-year-old’s Aiden O’Brien has trained. He’s the highest rated two-year-old in Europe
since Frankel. He’s got a great head, a great expression. He’s a lovely-bodied horse. Comes from a great family as well, the family
of Surfside and Flanders. He’s got the pedigree. He’s got the physique. And he had the performance on the racetrack
that you would associate with a top stallion prospect. War Front himself must be in the top three
of North American sires, and indeed sires worldwide. He stands for $250,000. Claiborne has done a wonderful job with him. It’s no secret that we’ve been big supporters
of War Front for the last seven or eight years. Indeed, many of War Front’s best runners have
raced in Europe for us. This year, you see him with War of Will and
Omaha Beach, two of the leading three-year-old’s this year in this country. He can not only get it done on turf, but he
can get it done on dirt as well. He’s a very versatile horse. They’re good at two, they’re good at three. They run on, they’re sound. A lot of Europeans do breed to War Front and
Air Force Blue. A lot of these horses will end up probably
in Europe as well. It was very gratifying to see how well they
were received as foals. The market took to them very well. Only 20 of them went through the sales as
foals. 16 out of 20 sold for an average of just over
$85,000. And six of them brought over $100,000, so
I think the market judged them well. There was a small sample of them at Keeneland
November. I think we’ll see a good sample at Keeneland
September here in the next couple of months.

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