Claiborne Announces 2021 Stud Fees; War Front Dropped to $150K


War Front

Claiborne Farm has released stud fees for the majority of its stallions who will stand at the Paris, Ky.-based farm during the upcoming 2021 breeding season, which included a significant reduction in price for its international super-sire War Front.

Among Claiborne's 13 stallions, War Front leads the charge with a stud fee of $150,000. The internationally acclaimed son of Danzig and emerging sire of sires is North America's top sire by percentage of lifetime stakes winners, graded stakes winners, and Grade I winners. In 2020, War Front has added three new Grade I winners to his record, bringing his lifetime total to 23, second in North America behind only Tapit's 27.

War Front's most recent Grade I winners include Flower Bowl S. heroine Civil Union and GI Fourstardave H. victor Halladay, as well as classic winner War of Will, who will stand alongside his sire at Claiborne Farm for the upcoming breeding season. In the sales ring, he had a yearling filly sell to Mike Ryan at Keeneland September for $1.05 million and on the racetrack, no other sire in North America has more Grade I winners than War Front in 2020.

War Front previously stood for $250,000, which was the highest advertised fee in North America.

“In these unprecedented times, we felt it would be irresponsible to raise or keep some stud fees the same as last year, despite our stallions having outstanding success in the sales ring and on the racetrack,” said Claiborne President Walker Hancock. “It is now more important than ever that we do what is best for the sustainability of our industry.”

Eclipse champion and three-time Grade I winner Blame (Arch) will stand for $30,000. One of the leading sires of his crop with 63 stakes horses and 30 stakes winners lifetime, his 16 graded stakes winners include Nadal, winner of this year's GI Arkansas Derby. Yearlings sired by Blame have sold for up to $400,000 this year.

Flatter, the prolific son of A.P. Indy, will stand for $35,000. He has sired more than 100 stakes horses and 50 stakes winners lifetime, including recent champions West Coast and Avie's Flatter. This year, his 2-year-olds sold for up to $600,000, while his yearlings brought up to $330,000 in the sales ring.

Mastery, the undefeated Grade I-winning son of Candy Ride (Arg), will remain at $25,000. The much-anticipated first yearlings by Mastery sold for $510,000, $450,000 and $400,000 this year, with an average of $142,425.

Catholic Boy (More Than Ready) and Demarchelier (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}), who both stood their first seasons at Claiborne in 2020, will remain unchanged at $25,000 and $5,000, respectively. First Samurai (Giant's Causeway), the sire of undefeated 2-year-old filly Plum Ali, a Breeders' Cup hopeful and winner of the recent GII Miss Grillo S., will stand for $15,000. Stud fees for Eclipse Champion Runhappy (Super Saver) and War of Will will be announced following the Breeders' Cup. GI Preakness S. hero War of Will added a score in the GI Maker's Mark Mile S. at Keeneland this summer and is being pointed for the Breeders' Cup.

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