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June 14, 2014 - SA
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May 26, 2014 - Bel
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Todd Pletcher won four straight Eclipse Awards as top trainer from 2004-2007 and again in 2010. He has trained multiple Eclipse champions including Uncle Mo, Ashado, English Channel, Speighstown, Fleet Indian, Wait a While, Lawyer Ron, and Left Bank.
Gary Barber was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and currently resides in Los Angeles. He has three daughters. Barber studied commerce at Wits University in South Africa on a soccer scholarship. Always a horse racing fan, Barber in 1982 won an all-expense-paid trip to the Arlington Million from South Africa by picking four horses correctly in order to win a Rand Daily Mail handicapping competition.
Jack Milton is a son of War Front out of the Forty Niner mare Preserver. Bred in Kentucky by Cherry Valley Farm, Jack Milton would sell for $100,000 at Keeneland September.
War Front is a rising star of a stallion. By sire of sires Danzig – whose list of stallion star sons also includes Danehill, Anabaa (sire of Goldikova) and the young Hard Spun, War Front got off to a quick start by producing horses with immense speed and versatility. Despite being a sprinter himself, War Front’s offspring range from 7-furlong specialist (and 6-furlong record holder) The Factor, to overseas middle distance turf stars Lines of Battle, Declaration of War and Warning Flag, to two-turn domestic dirt specialists Soldat and Departing (recent runaway winner of the West Virginia Derby). War Front, like Hard Spun, seems to click with many female lines, which is one of the catalysts for his stud fee to have catapulted to $80,000.
War Front’s versatility as a sire comes from his dam, Starry Dreamer. A daughter of 1992 Champion Sprinter Rubiano out of a mare by the staunch stamina influence Forli (sire of Forego), Starry Dreamer only won three stakes, but displayed the versatility of her lineage with good seconds in the 9 furlongs Grade I Gazelle Handicap on the dirt, as well as in turf routes like the Grade II Long Island, Grade II Black Helen and Grade II La Prevoyante. Her offspring include dynamite turf sprinter Ecclesiastic (Pulpit) and talented filly campaigner Teammate (A. P. Indy), in addition to War Front.
Jack Milton’s dam Preserver is by Claiborne’s Forty Niner, one of the best sons of Mr. Prospector on the racetrack and at stud. Forty Niner was a 2-year-old champion who peaked at three with a victory in the Travers Stakes. He would win 11 of 19 starts, including four Grade I’s, and would go on to sire Travers winner Coronado’s Quest, Belmont winner Editor’s Note and the speedy Distorted Humor. The latter, as well as his another speedy son End Sweep, would go on to immediately mark Forty Niner as a sire of sires.
Preserver’s female family is pure Claiborne orange, tracing back to 1957 Champion 3-Year-Old Filly Bayou. An interesting addition to this pedigree is the addition of Claiborne stallion Believe It, a winner of the Wood Memorial who had the misfortunate of being born the same year as Alydar and Affirmed (finished third in both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness to them) and whose best offspring seemed to excel on the grass – Breeders’ Cup Mile runner-up (and speedster) Al Mamoon and French stakes winner (and later American campaigner) Garthorn.
Analysis by Michael Adolphson
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