Omaha Beach, a son of legendary War Front – now sire of a century of stakes winners
October 6, 2021
Three-time Group 1 winner and Spendthrift stallion Omaha Beach is a son of the legendary War Front (USA). His sire made headlines over the weekend when son Annapolis became his 100th stakes winner, putting up a courageous effort to win the G2 Pilgrim Stakes at Belmont Park.
To date War Front, whose runners have earned in excess of $101 million, has been responsible for more than 20 G1 winners including Champions Air Force Blue, Brave Anna, Declaration Of War, and US Navy Flag.
War Front has established himself as a prolific stallion throughout the world producing stakes winners in the USA, England, Ireland, Hong Kong, France, Canada, the United Arab Emirates and Australia. With a stakes winners to runners’ ratio of 14.1%, War Front’s success is now extending to his sire sons.
In keeping with Spendthrift Australia’s focus on standing exceptional sons of champion sires, Omaha Beach (USA) (War Front) joined the roster in 2020 and is now leaving sensational first foals. Omaha Beach, a triple G1-winner with true breed-shaping potential, gives breeders the opportunity to send their mares to a stallion with a successful sireline.
War Front became a stakes winner at three, winning the Princelet S. over 1900m, but flourished later in his career running over shorter distances. As a 4-year-old War Front won the G2 Alfred G. Vanderbilt H. over 1200m, a race that was promoted to G1 status in 2010 due to the high quality of its winners in previous years.
However, as a stallion War Front has demonstrated extreme versatility producing quality stakes winners over distances from 1000m to 2400m, on both turf and dirt surfaces with a winning rate of 14.8% for his runners on dirt, and a winning rate of 16.8% on turf. In 2018 War Front was awarded a Group 1 winner in Australia, despite only having had 11 runners, when Homesman won the Underwood Stakes at Caulfield. War Front’s effectiveness at instilling precocity into his stock is highlighted by his feat of siring three Dewhurst winners in US Navy Flag, Declaration Of War and War Command, with 42% of his progeny winning as 2-year-olds.
War Front commenced stud duties at Claiborne Farm in 2007 for a fee of US$12,500 before rising to US$60,000 in 2012, US$80,000 in 2013, US$150,000 in 2014, and US$200,000 in 2016. Since 2017 War Front has stood for US$250,000 and is currently the second-most expensive stallion in the United States. Despite his continuous success War Front has never covered more than 100 mares in a single season, amplifying his success and ability to produce high-quality racehorses.
War Front has had 26 yearlings sell for $1,000,000+, and now sons of War Front have taken their place at stud across the world with Declaration Of War having marked success in Australia, winning the G1 Melbourne Cup, G1 Victoria Derby and G1 Queensland Oaks in 2019 with Vow and Declare, Warning, and Winning Ways respectively.
Omaha Beach is positioned to continue in the footsteps of War Front who has the same aptitude to sire progeny that can perform almost anywhere, in any conditions.