Omaha Beach, a son of legendary War Front
June 3, 2020
At 18 years old 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 21 individual Group 1 winners, and a stakes winners to runners’ ratio of 14.8%, War Front’s meteoric rise to stardom will see him continue the Danzig-line legacy.
In keeping with Spendthrift Australia’s focus on standing exceptional sons of champion sires, new recruit Omaha Beach (USA) (War Front) is a strong addition to the roster being a son of the international super sire who is making waves globally. 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 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 his progeny to demand high prices with top result of $2,900,000 for a colt out of Believe You Can in 2019.
Sons of War Front have taken their place at stud across the world with Declaration of War having marked success in Australia, winning the Melbourne Cup, Victoria Derby and Queensland Oaks in 2019 with Vow and Declare, Warning, and Winning Ways respectively.
His son Omaha Beach is set to shuttle to Spendthrift Australia this season, and with his rare ability to mix brilliant sprinter speed with stamina and toughness, he 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.