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Pluck wins the Juvenile turf at Churchill Downs 06.11.2010

Soldat was second to Pluck in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile T urf

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

 

Claiborne sire firing on all Fronts with first crop

A PROMISING start with his first crop of juveniles last season has been cemented for Claiborne stallion War Front with the emergence of a genuine Kentucky Derby candidate in Soldat.

Soldat made easy work of his rivals to win the Grade 2 Fasig-Tipton Fountain Of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park and became his sire's second Grade 2 winner of 2011.

A son of Danzig, War Front took up stud duties in 2007 at a fee of $12,500.

Soldat led the way for him last season when second to Pluck in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, but War Front has also sired this season's Grade 2 San Vincente Stakes winner, The Factor, who won on the dirt at Santa Anita.

War Front, who was most effective over six furlongs on dirt, also has a promising European representative in the David Wachman-trained Warning Flag, a Listed winner last season at Dundalk and second to Dubai Prince in the  Killavullan Stakes at Leopardstown.

Soldat will now bid to enhance his sire's reputation in the Florida Derby on April 3. A $180,000 Keeneland yearling, he is out of an unaced mare by Cornado's Quest.

 

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