American Patriot (War Front–Life Well Lived, by Tiznow), winner of the 2017 GI Maker’s 46 Mile at Keeneland Race Course, has been retired from racing and will enter stud for the 2018 breeding season at Darley Japan on the island of Hokkaido. He will stand for an introductory fee of ¥1.5 million (about US$13,208). He becomes the first Grade I-winning offspring of War Front to stand in Japan.
Bred and owned by WinStar Farm and trained by Todd Pletcher, American Patriot became one of the leading turf horses of his generation, winning the GIII Kent S. in course-record time before finishing third, beaten under one length, to Beach Patrol (Lemon Drop Kid)–recent runner-up in the GI Breeders’ Cup Turf–in the GI Secretariat S. at Arlington Park. An allowance winner at Gulfstream Park in Florida this past February, American Patriot stormed down the center of the track to take the Maker’s 46 by a cosy neck. He retires with five wins from 14 starts and earnings of $487,272.
Harry Sweeney, President of Darley Japan, said, “War Front has established himself as one of the great turf sires in the world and his progeny have already won eight Grade/Group 1 races on turf this year alone. American Patriot is a great-looking horse and we are really excited to have a grandson of Danzig standing at Darley Japan.”
A half-brother to MGSP Muqtaser (Distorted Humor), American Patriot is out of a full-sister to G1 Dubai World Cup hero Well Armed, while his third dam is a full-sister to Tee Kay (Gold Meridian), the dam of two-time Japanese Horse of the Year and perennial leading sire Symboli Kris S (Kris S.).